Integrative Acupuncture Clinic (IAC) believes health and wellness come from many different sources. Both Holistic and Allopathic medicine are very powerful healers. At IAC we believe in Integrating both of them to truly heal the body as a whole. Nell Clark is a liscenced acupuncturist and herbalist as well as a registered nurse. She sees the benefit, and detriment, of both eastern and western medicine and finds a place for both when treating the body. Nell applies evidence-based principles to the practice of acupuncture and related therapies to achieve the highest standard of integrative care. By sharing her collective resources and medical experience, Nell achieves amazing clinical outcomes.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. TCM encompasses many different practices, including acupuncture, moxibustion (burning an herb above the skin to apply heat and specific acupuncture points), Chinese herbal medicine, tui na (Chinese therapeutic massage), dietary and lifestyle therapy, and tai chi and chi gong (practices that combine specific movements and postures, coordinated breathing, and mental focus). TCM is rooted in the ancient philosophy of Taoism that dates back more than 2,500 years. Traditional systems of medicine also exist in other East and South Asian countries, including Japan (Kampo) and Korea. Some of these systems have been influenced by TCM and are similar to it in ways, but each has developed distinctive features of its own. Chinese Herbal Medicine constitutes the longest, most documented form of medicine in history. Herbal prescriptions are sophisticated and individualized, and take into consideration the patient's constitution, medical condition, and potential risks and benefits that may arise from taking dietary supplements and other medications.
Esoteric Acupuncture “Esoteric Acupuncture focuses on the utilization of traditional Chinese acupuncture theory, along with the Chakra System, Sacred Geometry, and the Qabbalistic Tree of Life. Rather than merely treating the signs and symptoms of a physical imbalance, “Higher Frequency Healing” refers to balancing the more subtle frequencies outside of the dense physical body’s energy field. Another focus in Esoteric Acupuncture is to establish a strong and harmonious connection with the higher spiritual realms. When we are able to consciously connect to these higher energy fields, we begin to view our imbalances in a different light. The strengthening and harmonization process of the finer frequencies, and the conscious understanding of this process, will simultaneously align and initiate these frequencies to expand throughout our energy field, assisting us in our healing process on all levels.”
Electro-Acupuncture refers to the use of mild electric stimulation at acupuncture points in order to reduce pain and increase function.
Moxibustion employs the herb mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), burned near specific points of the body, for its warming and blood-invigorating properties, usually in conjunction with acupuncture.
Cupping is a method that uses suction to increase circulation and stretch tissue. Great for detoxification of the body. Lifestyle recommendations are a key component of many treatment plans. Dietary, exercise, and sleep habits are the cornerstone of health. They can amplify the benefits of any intervention, and help us to take an active role in our physical and emotional well-being.
Massage therapy is a wonderful way to manage stress, reduce pain, recover from sports injuries or trauma, and add to your overall wellness program. It's a time to allow your body to heal itself as it was always meant to do.
Therapeutic massage refers to a collection of techniques designed primarily to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. Therapeutic massage can relax muscles, increase circulation, remove metabolic waste products, help the recipient obtain a feeling of connectedness, a better awareness of the body and the way they use and position it. A variety of modalities may be used including: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular, Craniosacral, and Myofacial Release.
The strokes and manipulations of Massage are each conceived as having specific therapeutic benefit. Therapeutic Massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissue of lactic acid, uric acid and other metabolic wastes. It improves circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons, keeping them supple. Therapeutic Massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system while at the same time reduce emotional and physical stress and it is often recommended as part of a regular program for stress management. It also has specific clinical uses in a medical or remedial therapy.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use.
Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists work holistically with their clients and aim to work alongside allopathic healthcare to promote better health for their clients.
For 3,000 years Chinese practitioners have used reflexology to re-balance Qi (the life force flowing through energy channels) to treat a number of conditions. It can work alongside conventional Western medical medicine to promote healing and improve wellbeing and vitality.
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