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Whether you are a physician, nurse, chiropractor, psychotherapist, nutritionist, or massage therapist, your patients can benefit from the concurrent use of your work and Chinese Medicine. The synergistic effect of Traditional Chinese Medicine and other conventional or non-conventional therapies greatly improves patient outcomes.

Chinese herbs and other traditional methods are very helpful for patients whose condition is due to an underlying constitutional imbalance or lifestyle choice(s). Over time, Chinese healing methods address the root cause of imbalance within the body which may be aggravating the patient’s condition.

Many times, Chinese healing methods help to deepen the work you do or alleviate side effects of medications. In addition, Chinese Medicine can improve recovery time from surgery by helping to prepare a patient’s emotional and physical well-being before and after many procedures.

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For more information, please consult Helen or select one of the following: (Note: The following list is not inclusive of all specialty areas.)

  Orthopedics, Cardiology, Bariatric Medicine, Oncology, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Immunology, Obstretics/Gynecology
Massage Therapist/Bodyworker
Physical/Occupational/ Speech Therapist
Somatic Therapy Practitioner
  Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, Movement Therapies, etc.
Hypnotherapist/Guided Imagery Practitioner

Physician/Nurse (select by specialty) (return to top)

Traditional Chinese Medicine is very helpful in relieving a variety of painful conditions. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs and other traditional methods can be used to improve blood circulation, reduce pain and swelling and improve overall range of motion and functional movements. In addition, acupuncture is helpful for patients who use or previously used painkillers or other medications known to be addictive or have side effects.

Stress and lifestyle issues are key in maintaining a healthy heart patient. To help your patients decrease their response to stress and develop healthier lifestyle habits, Traditional Chinese Medicine is one healing system that can provide positive patient outcomes. Acupuncture and other Chinese therapeutic methods are very helpful with stress reduction, smoking cessation or the cessation of other negative habits, improving mood, decreasing the sympathetic response and improving overall blood circulation. Chinese Medicine is well-suited to integrative use with other practitioners the patient may be seeing – nutritionist for dietary changes or a counselor to teach stress or anger management skills.

Bariatric Medicine
Individuals who are obese and about to undergo gastric bypass surgery would do better to receive acupuncture treatments and learn a variety of Chinese self-care techniques to improve the patient’s physical and emotional health before and after the surgery. Post-surgery, Chinese healing methods are used to decrease the nausea, fatigue, and indigestion that typically occurs.

Cancer patients benefit from the use of acupuncture, either before or after surgery or other treatments. Acupuncture and other Chinese healing methods may be used to strengthen the immune system, improve blood cell counts, and decrease side effects from treatments, such as nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue, insomnia, and also improve the patient’s emotional well-being.

For patients with ulcers, IBS, Crohn’s disease, abdominal pain, indigestion or acid reflux, Chinese Medicine is very helpful. Stress, lifestyle issues and underlying imbalances within the body cause these and other GI disorders. Acupuncture, herbs and other traditional healing methods are used to improve digestion, decrease acid reflux, improve energy and decrease the stress response. These methods can be used in conjunction with conventional therapies with few negative interactions.

The number of patients with Hepatitis B and C continues to grow and few effective treatment protocols are available. Acupuncture and other Chinese healing techniques are helpful in the treatment of hepatitis; Traditional Chinese Medicine can support liver health and function, assist in developing and maintaining appropriate lifestyle changes, improve fatigue and slow the degenerative condition by improving the immune system and overall balance in the body.

Individuals with compromised immune systems or have autoimmune disorders including allergies, acupuncture and other Chinese healing methods can be used to boost the immune system and reduce the patient’s stress response which typically aggravates autoimmune disorders. This is particularly true for those with SLE, HIV and other autoimmune disorders. Acupuncture has little side effects and many Chinese self-care techniques are helpful in maintaining healthy immune systems for individuals with autoimmune disorders.

Many women with reproductive disorders, such as PMS, dysmenorrhea, irregular menses, fertility issues, STIs, and recurrent yeast infections, can benefit from the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture, herbs and other traditional methods can decrease symptoms arising from these disorders or alleviate them, in conjunction with conventional medical approaches or where conventional treatments fail to help a patient.

Massage Therapist/Bodyworker (return to top)

Acupuncture is helpful in relaxing muscles and relieving emotional tension to allow for a more penetrating massage, particularly if a painful condition is present. The use of preparatory acupuncture the day before or very light acupuncture, particularly group acupuncture, right before a massage speeds the recovery time for patients.

Chiropractor (return to top)

Acupuncture opens up blocked channels in the body and helps relax muscles to allow greater ease in making appropriate adjustments and decrease patient discomfort. Relaxed muscles allow chiropractic work on the spine and other areas to be longer lasting and more effective. The use of preparatory acupuncture the day before a chiropractic session is recommended.

Physical Therapist/Occupational Therapist/Speech Therapist
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When working with patients in an inpatient or outpatient setting, acupuncture or acupressure is very helpful. The combination of your therapeutic approach and Chinese healing techniques allow for significant improvement in patients rehabilitating from surgeries, accidents or other trauma. The sooner the patient is able to receive regular acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments, the better the outcomes for mobility, qualify of life, improved energy and mood, and deeper sleep.

Somatic Therapies (return to top)
(Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, Movement Therapies)

Traditional Chinese Medicine used in conjunction with Feldenkrais and other somatic therapies improves a patient’s overall mobility and functional movement, decreases pain, and improves depression or anxiety related to the health condition. Acupuncture releases blockage in muscle and energy channels to improve circulation and allow the body to return to a more natural and balanced state of being; this in turn, helps somatic therapists to work with patients whose bodies are more accessible to the process of re-defining movement patterns.

Nutritionist (return to top)

In working with other nutritionists, I am able to customize a Traditional Chinese Medicine care plan for the patient who wishes to lose weight, decrease or quit a food or sugar addiction, aid digestive health and detoxification regimens. The use of acupuncture, herbs and Chinese lifestyle and self-care techniques are very effective. These approaches are also very useful for patients when irritability, stress and other emotions come up during their work with you.

Psychologist/Psychotherapist (return to top)

Do you have an anxious, depressed or angry patient? Acupuncture can calm the anxious patient so you and your patient can engage in a deeper/satisfying/rewarding session (word choice?). The angry patient can be calmed with acupuncture and the depressed patient may feel a cloud lifted. It is best to receive acupuncture the day before or to have a light acupuncture session before a psychotherapy appointment. If emotions come up during a psychotherapy session, acupuncture may also be used to calm the individual after a counseling session.

In addition, there may be imbalances seen in the body from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, but not diagnosable in Western Medicine. Acupuncture can open up aspects of the mind and spirit that can deepen counseling sessions. Other times, psychological conditions may be due in part to an underlying imbalance within the body and can be remedied with Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Hypnotherapist/Guided Imagery Practitioner (return to top)

Acupuncture is extremely helpful with patients having a difficult time relaxing and finding a safe space during guided imagery or hypnotherapy sessions. Acupuncture helps you to guide the patient to the desired “place” and enable quicker results and successful patient outcomes.

Traditional Chinese Medicine also works on the deeper levels of the unconscious mind and spirit by working towards balancing the overall being. In conjunction with guided imagery and/or hypnotherapy, the patient can achieve inner and outer balance.