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Acupuncture is the oldest continuously practiced medical system in the world used by one third of the world’s population as a primary health care system.
More people have been treated by Chinese medicine throughout history than by any other formalized medical system. Because of its relatively low cost and non-invasive nature, acupuncture has become a highly popular form of complementary health care in the United States.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has endorsed acupuncture treatment for more than 40 conditions, including:
- anxiety, depression and other psychological stressors
- circulatory disorders
- digestive and intestinal disorders,
- gynecological, fertility and urogenital disorders
- muscle, neck and joint disorders
- sleeping and nervous system disorders
- respiratory disorders
Acupuncture is often effective for other chronic and painful debilitating conditions which have no clear explanation or origin.
The highly effective acupuncture system of medical care is based on cyclical laws of nature which govern the movement of vital life-giving energy, both in nature and in the body. This energy, called “chi” or “qi”, moves through the body in precise channels called “meridians” supporting functions of the body, mind and spirit. When “chi” is blocked or is moving disharmoniously, imbalance begins to surface in the form of specific symptoms which signal disorder.
To address the underlying cause of a condition, these symptoms are viewed in relationship to the totality of a person. The gentle insertion of hair-thin sterile needles at specific points along the meridians helps restore harmony. In the presence of this subtle yet profound intervention, a person’s body, mind and spirit can return to balance and health. Symptoms then often resolve and clients frequently experience renewed vitality.
In addition to addressing specific symptoms, clients often choose to receive acupuncture “seasonal tune-ups” to foster balance and maintain health.
The Neijing, an ancient Chinese medical text, tells us that healing is more than the insertion of a needle. For healing to occur, the relationship between practitioner and client must be primary. This is the basis of Traditional Five Element Acupuncture. In Western medical practice where credentials, double-blind studies and technological expertise are so highly valued, we can easily lose sight of the importance of the client-practitioner relationship in promoting healing.
Like the Ancient Chinese, we at Blue Heron Wellness also recognize that, as humans, we are part of nature and are affected by the same natural forces evident in the cycles of the seasons. The art and practice of Five Element and Eight Principle Acupuncture awaken the “inner healer” that resides in each of us. Thus, we are not merely a collection of symptoms to be cured. Instead, by careful history-taking and focusing on root imbalances, acupuncturists are often able to help people go beyond symptom relief.
Blue Heron Wellness acupuncture clients learn to maximize the energy flow initiated and enhanced by acupuncture treatment, to recognize subtle signs of distress before they develop into symptoms and to adopt a lifestyle that fits their individual needs.
In the time-honored tradition of Chinese medicine, acupressure may be considered the early ancestor of acupuncture. Acupressure employs the same meridians, acupoints and theory as acupuncture. The difference is that acupressure uses only manual techniques (hands, fingers, and other tools) and gentle stretches instead of needles to make connections that bring about relaxation and balance the energetic system. Like acupuncture, acupressure may help a wide variety or problems in every system and function of the body. It is also an appropriate therapy for all types of physical pain.
The practice of Chinese herbal medicine is an ancient and effective art and science that helps foster harmony and health. Chinese herbs are generally taken as multi-ingredient formulas that balance underlying weaknesses and disharmony while expelling pathogens and promoting healing. Chinese herbal medicine has been shown to be effective for a wide range of physical and emotional ailments, including pain, infertility, chronic conditions such as Lyme disease, digestive issues, side effects from medications, chemotherapy and radiation, and anxiety and depression.
Chinese herbs can be used by themselves or in conjunction with acupuncture treatments. Chinese herbs are prescribed after an initial consultation and progress is monitored with periodic follow up appointments.
What Some of Our Clients Say
“When medication isn’t enough, put all skepticism to the side and let Blue Heron work its magic. They’ve made a believer out of me that acupuncture really works and the results were immediate for me. Thanks especially to Susan Dykeman for your sensitivity, sincerity, and sweet personality.” – Sherry
“My experience with Sue Berman can be described as profound, truly life changing. I came to Sue, on a recommendation from a friend, in an attempt to alleviate various joint pains. What Sue heard was the very small, metal reinforced box I had built around myself. Through her gifted care, the acupuncture needles have touched my energy and shifted me into awareness and movement. Movement forward, backward, inside, outside, up and down; any and every way possible. –Anonymous
“The most special one; the place in me that opened and spoke “Oh, here you are, I remember you. Welcome home.” It almost felt as if I were amnesic and had remembered something important… Sue [Berman] heard both what I say and what I don’t say, and has reminded me that I am me. That my body is not separate from my mind/spirit. We’re in this together; rejoice!”– Janet
“I was pleasantly surprised at the effectiveness of acupuncture for pain control and for relaxation. Sue Berman is so comfortable to be with. She is loving and ‘in-tune’ with the client’s needs.”– Laurel S.
“Looking forward to my acupuncture appointment this afternoon. Coming here has opened me up to life and its possibilities. Things are changing for me. Maybe I may finally be able to open myself to even the possibility of love.”– Anonymous
“This I my fourth time here for my shoulder pain. Every time Rebecca [Snyder] uses those crazy suction cups on me it gets better! Or maybe it’s the acupuncture! All I know is it works!” — Anonymous