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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the placement of fine disposable needles in certain points that are situated along energy channels on the body. These channels, otherwise known as meridians, are where qi (pronounced chee) flows in the body.

Qi is the life force that allows for our bodies to maintain homeostasis and metabolism. Accessing these points with acupuncture promotes balance within the system.

Acupuncture works by targeting the points on the body that are believed to have blockages of qi flow along the meridians. These blockages cause illness and/or pain. Specific points on a channel correlate to specific conditions and/or organ systems.

Cupping

Cupping uses suction and negative pressure in order to reach the deeper tissues. A vacuum is created that pulls the superficial muscle layer up into the cup. Oil is first put on the skin in order to promote a gentle gliding action that allows for movement along the fascia. Its effects can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure).

Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite. This modality allows for blood flow to be refreshed and toxins to be released. One of the most popular uses of cupping is for the treatment of lung congestion.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is the use of moxa (dried mugwort) to warm areas of the body with the intention of stimulating the circulation of qi and blood through areas of the body that are plagued by pain and stagnation.

The therapy consists of the dried herb being lit on fire and either attached to acupuncture needles, put directly on another herbal remedy (a thick slice of ginger, salt) a barrier chamber, or indirectly held above a point on the body. Mugwort also acts as an emmenagogue which means that it stimulates the flow of blood in the pelvic area. It is frequently used in the treatment of menstrual disorders and also even to turn breech babies.

Herbal Therapy

For thousands of years herbs were the principal form of medical treatment. It is only in recent history that western science-based medicine and pharmaceuticals have become more of the standard practice. Modern medicine tends to use drugs to treat the branch of an illness by reducing its symptoms. These medications can have dangerous side effects with longterm use. Herbal medicine is more customized to the individual's root cause of disease. Herbal formulas assist the body's own healing processes which, by definition, work on the body as a complete whole.

To understand the scope of Chinese Herbology and Nutrition one must first understand the energetic properties (the personality which dictates how an herb/food source will function). This system is based on the interplay between the action of yin and yang in the body. A specific food or herbal formula is suggested based on the diagnosis of the patient. What action is necessary in the body in order to heal and restore the harmony of the qi?

Crystal Healing

Stone Medicine has been used by many cultures for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians used crystal quartz in the pyramids. We are still using crystal quartz today in our modern technology. It is a magnificent conductor, transmitter and receiver of energy.

In a crystal healing session the stones are placed upon different areas of the body, often corresponding to the chakra system but also placed upon acupuncture points. This may be used as a stand-alone healing or also in conjunction with an acupuncture treatment. The healing vibrations of the stones amplify the treatment and can expand the energy field of the patient and help to move through blockages.

Essentials Oils

I use this as an adjunct therapy with acupuncture treatments. They are applied topically on one or more acupuncture points or their essence is inhaled through a couple of deep breaths.

The penetrating and dispersing qualities of the oils are healing for the physical body as well as being both relaxing and rejuvinating for the spirit.

About Us

Jennifer is a California licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. She earned a masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica, California. She has been practicing acupuncture for five years including her private practice, internship and externship experience.

Jennifer was first introduced to the pain-relieving qualities of acupuncture when she suffered a sports-related injury and decided to seek out a more natural means of healing. She was amazed and inspired by both the near-instantaneous pain relief, as well as by the speed in which her body recovered. It was not until she began her studies at Emperors College that Jennifer realized that the ailments that Chinese Medicine can help relieve are not confined to pain alone. Within just one month of recieving acupuncture treatment, combined with taking herbal formulas, her chronic allergies were gone and have never returned.

Through both her study of Chinese Medicine and Eastern philosophy Jennifer has learned to see the world in a new light. One that is symbiotic with all living things. She believes that the body is an intuitive ecosystem that is meant to coexist with nature and it's elements. The ecosystems in nature synergize with similar systems within our bodies. This immeasurable and vast interconnectedness is related through energetic unification. It honors her to be able to facilitate this healing with her patients through this beautiful system that allows for healing on a multidimensional level.

Jennifer Ryan, L.Ac.

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