Many people think of acupuncture solely as a treatment for pain and while it is great for pain, there is so much more to it! Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are a complete system of health care used for centuries to treat a wide range of health problems. There is no condition that cannot benefit in some way from treatment with acupuncture, herbs and nutrition. However, I do have several particular areas of interest and experience.
Mental & Emotional Wellbeing
Extensive research has gone into understanding how acupuncture works with the nervous system. It is clear that acupuncture has a powerful effect on the brain and the production of neurotransmitters, hormones and endorphins. If you feel you are not coping well with stress in your life and it is leading to anxiety, depression, fatigue, frustration or any other difficult emotions, or if you just don't feel like your "best self", I have lots of experience working with men and women just like you and I can say with confidence that acupuncture, herbs and proper nutrition can help.
Fertility & Women's Health
From its inception thousands of years ago, one of the main goals of Chinese Medicine was to help preserve the fertility of emperors and empresses as long as possible. There are entire classical texts devoted solely to the topic of obstetrics and gynecology in Chinese Medicine. Currently there is a great deal of modern research in this area, showing promising results.
It is a great honor to work with women who are either planning to conceive or are already pregnant. Before opening my own practice, I worked as the acupuncturist and herbalist at The Red Tent, a healing arts center for women in Delray Beach, FL where I treasured working with fertility, pregnancy and women's health.
When it comes to fertility, stress is such an important and often underestimated piece of the puzzle. "Idiopathic" or "unexplained" infertility is quite a common diagnosis these days. Most people know someone who struggled for years to get pregnant then decided to pursue adoption and as soon as they stopped "trying" suddenly conceived naturally. Acupuncture excels at addressing stress in any aspect of one's life and this area is no different. By calming the nervous system, balancing the endocrine system, increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs and ensuring that you are optimally nourished, we can help lay the best possible foundation from which to conceive.
If you're already pregnant, acupuncture is a great drug-free way to deal with any discomforts you might be having, from morning sickness to indigestion to sciatica and more. Rest assured that acupuncture is gentle and safe to use during pregnancy.
If you're not trying to get pregnant but are struggling with painful periods, endometriosis, fibroids, PCOS, fibrocystic breasts, menopausal symptoms or any area of gynecological health please don't hesitate to call. I have many tools to help support you in returning to your full radiant state of health.
I believe that digestive health is the foundation of good health in everyone. Unfortunately the modern American diet and the confusion over what a healthy diet actually is, have wreaked havoc on our health for too long. Everyone can benefit from treatments aimed at optimizing digestion, whether you are experiencing specific problems like indigestion, IBS, gas, bloating, food cravings and weight gain or not. At The Qi Cottage I have many specific targeted protocols to help heal your gut, control your blood sugar, restore your intestinal flora and rev up your metabolism to ensure that you are getting the most out of what you are eating. In addition I can help you to weed through the conflicting and confusing literature on nutrition and get back to the basics of what always has been and always will be a healthy diet.