Women are constantly aware of the cyclic, changing nature of the world. We feel monthly changes in our bodies during our fertile years; our pregnant bodies grow to nourish new life; the years around menopause can be full of fluctuating symptoms.
Women's physiology can also present health challenges. 70% of people with autoimmune diseases are women and the majority of those women have abnormal periods. Women athletes have a greater risk of injuries before and during their periods. A complicated pregnancy or childbirth can affect a mother's long term health. Chinese medicine understands the effects of women's cycles and provides holistic, natural methods for relieving your symptoms and helping you take control of your health.
A woman's cycles and susceptibilties to disease are orchestrated by the complex dance of hormones. Conventional treatments for hormonal imbalances involve either suppressing hormone production with drugs or surgery and/or adding hormones to the system. While sometimes these methods get the job done without problems, for some women, these treatments are like using a sledgehammer to drive a tack. The side effects created are symptoms of a system that is out of balance.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine provide a gentler, more holistic approach to both relieve symptoms and promote well being. Chinese Medicine is based on observing and working with the cycles of nature. It sees each woman as a unique "ecosystem". Disease results from a disturbance in your internal environment. Chinese Medicine describes the way we gets diseased as patterns of disharmony. Health is restored not by just fixing the part that most shows the disease but by restoring balance to the whole system.
The goal of treatment is to help you function at your highest possible level and empower you to take charge of your health.
I am grateful to have the opportunity to tell anyone reading this about my experience with Kristin over the years. She is a skilled acupuncturist whose approach, always kind and compassionate, makes patients feel at ease and respected. She listens attentively, intuitively decides on a course of treatment, follows through with gentleness, listening and responding to feedback from her patients. She brings a deep knowledge and understanding of the human body and the very subtle signs indicating areas that are out of balance. She has successfully treated me for a variety of health difficulties, large and small. I have never been disappointed in the outcome of her treatments and am grateful to have such a competent, wise, and compassionate person supporting me in my quest to maintain and improve my health. -C.L.