Kristen Hart, L.Ac
Acupuncture is a treatment method of Traditional Chinese Medicine where hair-thin needles are inserted into the body at specific points. These points lie on channels, or meridians, through which the energy, blood & fluid of our bodies move. The meridians interconnect all parts of our bodies- from the head & limbs to the internal organs, the most superficial layers to the deepest regions. When we experience dis-ease or discomfort, energy in our channels can be low, stuck, or mis-directed. Based on the issue at hand, select points are chosen to move, re-direct, tonify & balance our energies.
Energetic Alignment employs the healing properties of selected stones, crystals, bone, and other natural instruments to increase energetic vibrations as well as to hasten the release of certain energies that may be stuck or unwanted in the physical body or the larger energetic body. Stones, etc. may be held by the practitioner or patient or placed on / around the body.
On a cellular level, this technique increases healing potential of organs and tissues. This is useful for reducing headaches, back pain, muscle & joint soreness, balancing organ systems & glands, healing burns & injuries, recovery after surgeries, and nearly any physical symptom or ailment you may be experiencing. It can also be used to lessen the effects of emotional stress on the body, which can affect our immune system, sleep cycles, moods, etc.
Although it is termed a "touch" therapy, at times the practitioner's hands may be above your physical body, connecting with your energetic body. This involves chakras and energy vortexes that exist within and around your body.
Herbs are both plant & animal medicines. Many formulas used today are based on classic pairings from the ancient traditions. Herbal medicine is often recommended in conjunction with acupuncture treatment, but can be employed on its own, depending on the case. Nutritional recommendations are a large part of herbal medicine.