Are you interested in health care that works? Have you tried other therapies and want to know how to be self-sufficient with your health? Do you long for a simpler lifestyle that has room for healthier choices? It is possible! Here at Roots Medicine we believe simple, artful living in connection with nature is deeply inherent, healthy and responsible.
Each of us has an inner wisdom and healing potential, and your body is your own best teacher. We can serve as your guide along your wellness journey, interpreting signs your body is giving you and offering practical, do-able lifestyle suggestions to improve your current symptoms and help prevent future illness and injury.
Our goal is to meet you where you are and work together to reach your optimal health and inner well-being for a long and happy life. As the American Indian saying goes, "Catch a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime." We want to empower you with the knowledge and tools for you to make healthy choices long after our time together.
We provide the highest quality care through safe, accurate, individualized treatments and health maintenance education. A treatment takes place in a safe, non-judgmental space where we talk about your health concerns. The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) model takes into account each individual as a unique being and looks at them as a whole - physical, mental, emotional. Treatment for each of these aspects of the whole can consist of any combination of acupuncture, herbal prescriptions, dietary recommendations and exercises.
Stress is a natural response of the body to the various demands we place upon it. In ancient times, our stress response, also known as our fight or flight response, provided us with energy to preserve life during difficult situations, such as an attack or threat by a wild animal. Unfortunately, modern day stress is considerably higher, more frequent and more consistent than what our predecessors experienced. Today, we do not have to look much further than out our windows, or on our computer screens, to view varous forms of stressors - everything from prime-time nes and road rage, to the forty-hour work week, and cell phones.
However, stress is not necessarily always negative. There is a distinction between healthy and unhealthy stress. Our response to stress can either help or hinder our body's ability to cope with these various stressors in our lives. Healthy responses to stress include appropriate physical exercise, good eating habits, positive thinking, adequate rest, and reaching out to friends and family for support. Unhealthy responses to stress include negative thinking, overexertion, poor eating habits, lack of sleep, and isolation. Medical studies have shown that with increased and consistent stress our white blood cells, which defend out body against viruses, decrease. This results in lower immune resistance, ultimately leading to physical disease and emotional instability.
There is hope! Practitioners of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine have helped people cope with stress for thousands of years. The ancient theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine on how stress affects the organs are similar to those of Western medicine. However, Traditional Chinese Medicine theory and treatment goes far beyond treating signs and symptoms and also addresses the root cause(s) of the problem.
One way that stress affects the body is by causing a depletion or blockage of Qi (pronounced "chee), especially that of the kidneys and adrenals. Qi is the vital energy or power that animates and supports the functions of the body. It flows through specific pathways, called meridians, and provides nourishment for the entire body. When Qi becomes "blocked" or the supply is inadequate, the body and organ systems become "stressed out" and our health us then compromised.
With acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, the practitioner's job is to support and retore integrity of the various organs affected by the stress response, along with evaluating the quality and quantity of Qi.
Your acupuncturist may also suggest adjunct therapies to enhance treatment and speed healing. Proper eating habits, as well as exercise, stretching, movement and meditation practices, support and promote a balanced and healthy body, mind and spirit.
Schedule a consultation with me so we can help address your stress and get you back on the path to good health!