Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM)
AOM is a comprehensive, thoroughly tested system of medical care. It is founded upon the actual clinical experiences of billions of patient interactions, and is capable of treating active illness, as well as strengthening and regulating the system for improved overall health, well-being, and disease prevention.
The continued investigation and clinical application of this system of medicine constitutes my passion, my calling, and it is a daily honor and pleasure to share everything I have come to learn and understand.
My practice is made unique by my dedication to the system of Chinese medicine. While many American acupuncturists incorporate modern or non-Chinese therapies (e.g. vitamins or supplements) or practice based on contemporary theories and thought processes (e.g. biomedical/"Western" medicine), I strive to practice closer to the classical Chinese model. It is this model that has been tested and proven over centuries of use. Newer ideas and therapies, though widely popular and more comfortable to mainstream thinking, do not have the evidence of effectiveness behind them.
Coming from a truly different system of medicine - classical Chinese medicine - also works much better as a complement to modern ways. Acupuncture practiced based on modern medical views (e.g. to "regulate hormones") makes for a much less effective "complement", as it is, actually, consistent with the dominant model, i.e., doesn't offer much new or different.
For complete details on my practice, please look under the tab My Private Practice on the main menu on the left side of the screen.
Core Clinical Principles:
Though the specific details of any individual presentation are going to vary, my practice is based on the understanding that:
1) The alleviation of overt symptoms is merely the beginning of the process towards health (and, thus, we should aim, much, much higher than simply getting rid of those symptoms),
2) All symptoms are manifestations of poorly functioning underlying systems (therefore, when correct treatment is applied, multiple symptoms and aspects of life improve, not just the chief complaint), and
3) The ultimate cause of illness is not rooted in the physical body (only, over time, will illness take seat in the body) and, therefore, a complete medical system must be able to engage disease on the physical and cognitive/emotional levels, as well as the deepest layer of consciousness, itself.
The medicine I practice is focused on the individual's experience of life and how it is limited - in any way - through suffering. Though illness and disease will likely be remedied, the goal is always the increased enjoyment of your experience of life.