Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) take a holistic, or whole-body approach to health. This means your acupuncturist will take into account your whole self, not just your symptoms, in order to get to the root of your health concerns. You will work together to find out how factors like your lifestyle and emotional and mental well-being may be affecting your health.
The purpose of acupuncture is to bring the body back into internal balance, harmonizing the yin(body flow) and yang (body strength) and qi (vital energy) of the body. In Chinese medicine, acupuncture is believed to have immediate action on one’s vital energy, strength and flow. This is done by using very fine needles to puncture the surface of the skin at specific points along energy channels or pathways known as meridians. These sites are called acupoints, and are chosen according to Chinese medicine theory in order to elicit specific therapeutic effects. Acupuncture is performed by certified practitioners and physicians to treat certain medical disorders and is chosen as the primary form of medicine in many Eastern countries.
The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system.
The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body's natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
Your Acupuncturist may include other related therapies in your treatment plan, such as Cupping, Tui Na, Gua Sha or moxibustion. Herbal remedies are another important aspect of acupuncture and TCM. click here to learn more.
Acupuncture provides a highly effective healthcare system, to be used in conjunction with allopathic gynecological and obstetric care. Acupuncture can be used to address many prenatal conditions that can not be treated with over‐the-counter and prescription medications. It is also effective in assisting conventional medicine in addressing high‐risk conditions.
The ancient art of cupping has been utilized by healers and lay people over many centuries. Cupping is a suction technique designed to pull blood from the body’s deeper tissue to the surface of the area being treated. This new blood brings an abundance of nourishment & healing to the area of muscle spasm, pain & toxic buildup.
Physical pain implies a blockage of blood flow & energy through a particular area.
Utilizing cupping techniques our Acupuncturist is able to pull & stretch the tissue creating movement in an otherwise stagnant area. This creates relief in chronically tight, painful muscles.
In only a few minutes of cupping, not only can we pull toxins out of specific areas, keeping the skin youthful & glowing. But we can also pull fresh new blood into those areas,which will vitalize and restore health. Celebrities love cupping!
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Shannon Lawrence L.Ac, MATCM
Shannon received her Master's in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University, graduating with Honors. Shannon holds a certificate of post graduate training and residency from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion -International Training School in Beijing China. Shannon has treated patients at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Being Alive West Hollywood, Yo San University Blount Community Clinic, Yo San University Orthopedic Specialty Pain Clinic and Tong Ren Hospital in Beijing China. Shannon not only has a passion for healing but found a calling for research and education while editing “Acupuncture Anatomy: Regional Micro-Anatomy & Acupuncture Networks" by Dr. Chang Sok Suh. Shannon treats each patient as an individual and takes the time to listen and consult with them on a full treatment plan, including nutrition. Shannon has a genuine love for healing and in her spare time practices and teaches yoga and meditation as well as Tai-Ji.