How can I be of Service?
Traditional Chinese Medicine includes an enormous range of methods used to diagnose and services designed to treat diseases. The principles which guide practitioners in their choice of treatment methods may vary in their modes of application as these techniques have evolved over time, so one can truly say there is an Art to Chinese medicine. As the scope of treatment traditionally has been for all manner of illnesses, one can imagine that the reasons why one would seek treatment today may be many. Most, if not all, chief complaints tend not to be that urgent or life-threatening in the short-term. For this reason, many people look to my services as taking a measure of preventative care. Traditional Chinese Medicine has been known to assist in healthy aging or long-term geriatric care. Others may find these services helpful in addressing women’s health issues, and ensuring both male and female fertility. Often, patients will seek acupuncture services for some difficult to treat condition because Western care offers no alternative to standard treatments, which may either fail to address their chief complaint adequately, cause undesirable side effects, or make the situation worse. Most people assume that acupuncture is only effective in treating pain, but there is truly much more to it than that. Certainly, frequent use of my services over several months or years can help to keep the body’s processes in balance and harmony to avoid illness and promote optimal health.
What Can Traditional Chinese Medicine Services Do for You?
The use of Chinese Herbal Formulas has long been supported for thousands of years and many of these classical herbal combinations are still used and modified to suit individual constitutions or used in combination with other formulas to address complex presentations. The use of single herbs is often not as potent, lacking that synergistic effect that comes with combining herbs and may even interfere with treatment. So, if you do take herbs or supplements already, be sure to mention that during your health history intake so that we can address how it may be affecting your health. Without a doubt, health begins with nutrition and is greatly affected by our lifestyle, (not to mention socioeconomic status, a topic for another conversation on public health). Therefore, the scope of TCM treatment modalities aside from Herbal treatments, includes both Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching as much as Acupuncture and Manual Therapy.
Moxibustion is a treatment application which involves burning Mugwort to warm certain acupuncture points. It is most effective at treating those conditions which do not respond as well to acupuncture, although acupuncture and moxibustion are frequently used together. Cupping and Guasha are other additional therapeutic applications which might be considered similar to manual therapy, but involve drawing stagnated blood to the surface of the skin in ways that most manual therapies do not. With manual therapy, Tuina means therapuetic massage and includes specialized techniques that many would describe as acupuressure, but also includes techniques such as rolling and vibrating. I am also certified in massage techniques and offer treatment modalities such as myofascia release, lymphatic drainage, and trigger point therapy. If you have any questions about these or other treatment applications, feel free to contact me with your questions.
What conditions are treated by TCM?
Most conditions which are non-life-threatening are treatable with herbs and acupuncture with reasonable efficacy. The longer the body spends getting out of balance, however, the longer and more treatments it takes to return the body to optimal health in most cases. There are certain cases, where unfortunately acupuncture will have little benefit, but in those cases herbs and moxibustion may yet benefit. Traditional Chinese Medicine works by increasing the body’s vitality and ability to heal itself. Therefore, even in life-threatening conditions, as long as the emergency has been stabilized, the herbs, acupuncture, and other modalities which make up the body of Traditional Chinese Medicine do indispensable work to support the body in it’s healing. Acupuncture is well known for its effectiveness in treating pain, but it can also clear away excess heat, inflammation, fever, reduce phlegm, and restore sensation where there is numbness. I also specialize in treating cancer patients, assisting those with renal failure, auto-immune disorders and digestive and skin disorders too. Contact me for a phone consultation and ask how I can help you make positive changes to your health today.
Yours in Health,
Snohomish Brown LAc, CMT
6360 Wilshire Blvd Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90048