ACUPUNCTURE & CHINESE HERBAL REMEDY
I first became interested in holistic and natural medicine during my undergraduate studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I discovered that Chinese Medicine presented the most comprehensive approach to health care based on natural remedies, non invasive therapies and most importantly, activating the body's ability to heal itself. I thus completed my Bachelor of Arts Degree at UCSC with an independent major: Culture, Health and Medicine where I focused on Medical Anthropology, Ethnobotany, Chinese Language and Chinese History. During my studies at UCSC I also became certified in Massage Therapy. To pursue my Graduate studies, I chose the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) near Boston, Massachusetts. NESA has the unique destinction of being the oldest school of Oriental Medicine in the United States. Situated in a mecca of universtitis and hospitals, Boston was the perfect place to cultivate my knowledge. NESA is also the only Oriental Medical College in the country that offers a full program in Japanese Style Acupuncture. In addition to Chinese Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology, I completed my Master's Degree in all three majors earning the degree of Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, in 2003. I have continued my study of Chinese Medicine as an apprentice to Dr. Richard Tan of San Diego, CA over the past 10 years. My practice is primarily based on his approach, Balance Method acupuncture. This method is known for its practical approach and very effective results.
Acupuncture is one aspect of the ancient Chinese medical system, which dates back more than 3,000 years, and involves the insertion of very fine needles into the surface of the skin at specific acupuncture points. The needles stimulate the superficial layers of fascia and muscle, which the nervous system and brain respond to by signaling the body to do self repair. Thousands of years of practice and research in China, coupled with a philosophy that looks at the human body in a holistic way, has led to the art and science of acupuncture becoming what it is today. There are many different styles of acupuncture that have evolved around the world, influenced by history and culture and as such the field of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine has evolved over time. While acupuncture has been adapted for modern application, it has maintained its original integrity in terms of the simple function of helping the body heal itself.
Makia means "energy flows where attention goes". All of life depends on the flow of energy. Even in complete stillness, we have the breath. Where there is no flow of energy, there is blockage, stagnation of the life force, it becomes tangled up and knotted. This lack of smooth energy flow is what we call "dis-ease" in Oriental Medicine. Everyone has "dis-ease" to a certain extent, some more than others. To return our bodies to a fre-flowing state of life energy, we must first pay attention. Awareness that we have an imbalance is the first step to wellness. Next, we must take action. This action is your choice, your intention and your focus on your own health. What is the quality and nature of the breath you are living by? What does your personal perfect picture of health look like? Makia is a word that I chose to represent my Oriental Medicine practice because I believe that our combined focused energy is what will make your journey to optimal health a success. When "energy flows where attention goes" anything in life that you truly apply this to will happen for you.
About Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal Medicine dates back more than 5,000 years and the use of plants as medicine in human history dates back 60,000 years. Today, modern practitioners of Chinese herbal medicine are trained to perform a differential diagnosis of the patient's condition and to have a firm grasp of the treatment principals used by Chinese medicine. It is critical that the practitioner understands the properties of the herbs and how they affect the human body when ingested. While acupuncture addresses healing from the "outside" of the body, herbal medicine addresses healing from the "inside". Chinese herbs are used differently than Western herbs in that they are almost never used singularly. The strength of Chinese herbs lies in the power of herbal combinations that work synergistically, antagonistically and harmoniously with each other. Chinese herbs are administered as formulas which are composed of herbal formulas based on classical knowledge, which can be modified to fit the individual person's condition. This results in the formulation of a combination of herbs that is not only unique to you, but unique to the specific time you are being treated.