-Effective March 1 2018, I am not practicing acupuncture, having moved back to California from Oregon. Licensure in CA pending-
In traditional medicines around the globe, the mind and body are seen as an interconnected whole. What effects the mind, can in turn manifest as physical symptoms, and of course physical ailments also tend to impact our psyche. This area of acupuncture research has gained tremendous recognition, resolving deep-seated issues for many people that Western medicine is not well equipped for. As someone who has been affected by mental illness, both personally and in my community, I know the challenges these “invisible” wounds can bring, inside and out. I also know how well acupuncture and herbal therapy can help with these issues. The endorphin-releasing action of acupuncture helps to lighten our mood through a temporary “euphoric” state from which we can better operate in the world. The increase in circulation also helps the brain and other organs work better, and facilitates recovery from injury faster. Most mental/emotional maladies have a physiological counterpart that we can address through acupuncture and herbs, which in turn supports our mental and emotional state. Anyone who lives with PTSD or any other trauma-related mental illness that often are accompanied with physical pain knows that pain killers don’t address the emotional component, and that psych meds are often not sufficient to actually address feelings that have very physical roots. The side-effects of such drugs also can induce other pathologies that cycle back around to the original problem, whereas acupuncture’s side-effects are minimal. The demands of modern life can put a tremendous weight on our shoulders, which acupuncture and related practices can help to lighten and resolve.
I have spent considerable time researching PTSD and how trauma affects our wellbeing. I have worked extensively with the NADA protocol (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association), the Inner & Outer Dragons methodology, and related mind/body techniques. In addition to my private practice, I’m a substitute “punk” for Working Class Acupuncture where the majority of my community acupuncture experience has been. I am a level 1 Acupuncturists Without Borders volunteer and a certified Wilderness First Responder. I have successfully helped patients suffering from:
- Mental Stress
- Pain induced turmoil
- Psycho-spiritual breakdown