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Mission Statement

Life Medicine - employing NeoClassical treatment strategies, individually tailored to address complex health problems, one patient at a time.

We provide and continue to refine a gentle hands-on healing approach grounded in tradition, yet informed by empiricism and sensitivity to the present, as much as in scholarship and respect for the past. Treatment plans are continually evolving and pragmatic, based in large part on our own clinical experience, as well as the experience of other senior practitioners of similar care models in the West.

Life Medicine Acupuncture blends several stand-alone treatment strategies unique to the practice of Classical East Asian Medicine to remedy chronic health problems associated with maintaining a contemporary lifestyle. We seek to understand and address the root cause of disease, in order that through proper treatment, we may encourage the restoration and enhancement of homeostasis; our innate tendency as human beings to seek a dynamic tension in matters pertaining to health and wellness, in harmony with our experience of life itself.

We intend treatment that is fundamentally unique to the individual and presented first as hypothesis rather than application by protocol. Choices are a process of thorough evaluation through careful history taking, observation and skillful palpation. Our decision tree remains flexible, allowing for reflection and supplemented by providing space for other providers, specialists in their own fields, to supplement our recommendations. We want to continue to allow space for a collaborative forum for a contemporaneous approach to acupuncture and associated healing arts. We feel strongly that such an approach must by its very nature, be both practical as well as pragmatic, grounded in the traditional wisdom of the East from which it originated, yet remain open to cultural reinterpretation.

We are well aware that all medical healing models, including our own, limit the experience of illness, and may all too easily alienate the sufferer from the process of its investigation, explanation, diagnosis and cure. Therefore, to the degree possible, we will use the language and metaphor of the culture in which we presently find ourselves to describe our continually evolving understanding of this work as well as its unique applications.

*NeoClassical refers to the practice of using premodern palpation of the pulse and other diagnostic methods, usually circa Han Dynasty, for the purpose of assessing the condition of the acupuncture channel systems.

Life Medicine Acupuncture - Your First Time

Getting it right the first time means less office visits for you and less cost. In the practice of acupuncture, effective solutions are dependent upon an accurate evaluation. In the practice of Life Medicine acupuncture, to ensure beneficial results, an integrative model of health and wellness is used, blending traditional Eastern wisdom with leading edge science.†

Diagnosis and treatment occur simultaneously and can be time-consuming, requiring evaluation of the chief complaint, adjacent areas and affected channels and systems, as well as palpation of principal evaluation zones of the neck, abdomen and back. Palpation is the beginning of treatment; it reestablishes communication between the nervous system and relevant channels.†

Effective treatment requires choosing treatment points that immediately release the tension or pain at the diagnostically significant areas. The result is a profound shift towards homeostasis, followed by a reduction or elimination of complex chronic pain, disease and dysfunction.

Japanese Traditional Acupuncture

Japanese Traditional Acupuncture is a hands-on healing art that developed alongside massage and bodywork. Japanese acupuncture, like many other Japanese art forms such as chado (tea ceremony), ikebana (flower arrangement) and shodo (calligraphy) is greatly influenced by the unique philosophy of Zen with a special emphasis on calmness, serenity and concentration. Treatment entails a high degree of focused intention and connection between the practitioners and patientís fundamental core energy or consciousness.†

Treatment proceeds from a detailed assessment of the body through touch. The skillful touch employed in Japanese acupuncture has its basis in Shiatsu and other forms of traditional manual therapy which is studied by most Japanese acupuncturists. The emphasis is on gentle palpation in diagnosis and treatment in order to obtain constant feedback on the changes in the patient's energy state. Treatment can usually proceed with various methods of contact needling (sesshokushin), using a teishin or ShakuJu needle, both of which have a rounded, egg shaped tip.†

This approach is most common to Shakuju and Toyohari styles. Contact needling when performed correctly, produces remarkable and lasting benefits and ensures patient comfort, especially those who may be uncomfortable with the idea of needles. In certain situations, when needle insertion is necessary, we use very shallow (to a depth of 1mm) insertions when tonifying for Deficiency. Dispersive needling of stiff, painful, or tight areas of the body are needled to a depth of 2-3 mm, into what is referred to as the nutritive Ki level.†

Patients experience minimal to no discomfort with any of these techniques, and usually find treatments extremely relaxing. Often patients are not even aware that a needle has been inserted. The aim is to work more on the surface level where subtle energy is more accessible. Japanese Traditional acupuncturists must develop an energetic connection with the patient to engender relaxation and natural healing.†

Treatments are divided into at least two steps. The first is the root treatment that addresses core energetic and structural imbalances. The subsequent steps aim to resolve symptoms and patient complaints. Symptomatic treatment is sometimes enough especially in acute conditions, but usually the underlying causes of disease must be addressed to activate the body's own healing capacity.

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