Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine with
Keiko Barringer, L.Ac, DIPL. OM.
What is Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine?
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are holistic in nature. This means that the mind, the emotions, and the physical body work as one with each other. When one part of this whole becomes out of balance, the other parts follow suit. My treatments reflect this holistic approach to medicine.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM),is a system of medicine at least 23 centuries old that aims to prevent or heal disease by maintaining or restoring "yin yang balance". When the body is in balance within itself, symptoms subside. Chinese medicine is based on a system of energy pathways called “meridians” which run internally and externally through the entire body. These meridians connect internally to the organ systems and externally to the acupuncture points. They carry energy and information throughout the entire system - similar to our understanding of the nervous system .
The meridians flow through the body like a complex river system. When the rivers are all flowing freely, the body is in balance. When there are blockages in these meridians - like dams in a river - we start to experience what we know as “symptoms”.
Through in depth diagnosis, I can determine where these blockages are located within the meridian system and through insertion of tiny needles along these energy pathways, can help correct the flow, thus restoring balance back into the body.
Why Offer Acupuncture in a Mental Health Practice?
Acupuncture is a powerful, holistic, and gentle treatment for many emotional, physical, and mental health issues. It can reduce or eliminate depression, anxiety, trauma symptoms, stress, and emotional imbalances. We treat many physical issues including women's and men's hormonal issues and fertility, GI issues, chronic diseases, pain, illness, and more. If you're looking for medication free treatment, acupuncture is a research based, highly effective treatment.
I'm terrified of needles! Does it hurt?
Acupuncture uses tiny needles that are much different from getting a shot. The needles are gently inserted at different points on the body. You may feel a prick when the needle is inserted, but typically you should not experience pain during your treatment. If you're nervous, your acupuncturist can help you relax into the process. Many people relax so deeply in a session that they fall asleep.
What Can I Expect?
Through ancient pulse and tongue diagnosis, as well as palpation of the body’s meridian system, I help translate and interpret the internal messages from the body. With this information we can uncover the root cause and correct the imbalance, allowing the symptoms to ebb naturally. In this way, we utilize the body’s innate wisdom and desire to be in health, thus creating lasting and sustainable effects.
I believe that the body heals most easily when in a state of calm and safety. This is why my treatments are designed to relax you and bring you into a state of tranquility and harmony. You will leave your treatments feeling refreshed, centered, and grounded.