Classical acupuncture is a holistic system of medicine that treats the root causes of imbalance and disease.
Perhaps the most profound of the classical oriental philosophies is Five-Element Acupuncture. This is a holistic system that applies the laws of nature to diagnosis and treatment.
Wood, fire, earth, metal and water are five interrelated elements throughout nature, including the human body. Understanding the fundamental balance of these elements leads to therapies that access points along the body’s meridians that affect and support internal equilibrium.
Excellent for treating illness, acupuncture is also useful for physical maintenance and generating a sense of well-being that comes from energetic balance.
Acupuncture May Help Various Conditions You May Suffer From
Patients come to us with a variety of presenting conditions. These include over 40 common disorders for which the World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture’s effectiveness.
Examples of disorders include:
- Circulatory: high cholesterol, hypertension, arteriosclerosis, angina pectoris
- Ear, Nose and Throat: ear ache, tooth ache, laryngitis, sinusitis, rhinitis
- Respiratory: flus, colds, bronchitis, allergies, asthma, emphysema
- Urogenital: incontinence, cystitis, prostatitis, prostatic hypertrophy, neurogenic bladder
- Gynecological: menstrual irregularity, PMS, menopausal syndrome, endometriosis, infertility, postpartum issues
- Gastrointestinal: indigestion, food allergies, constipation, nausea, diarrhea, ulcers, colitis
- Musculoskeletal: TMJ, sciatica, low back pain, fibromyalgia, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome
- Psycho-emotional and Neurological: anxiety, depression, insomnia, headache, migraine, dizziness, tinnitus, trigeminal neuralgia, intercostal neuralgia, post-stroke paralysis
Personalizing Care for Your NeedsDr. Carter received her Doctorate in Chinese Medicine from the Canadian College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
She has studied extensively with internationally recognized acupuncturists for over three decades.
Teachers and mentors include the late, world-renowned Professor J. R. Worsley (adjacent picture).
As primary care providers specializing in classical acupuncture, Santa Rosa acupuncturists Dr. Carter and her associates provide highly personalized classical acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Presenting issues by patients include a wide variety of health concerns, such as pain, digestive disorders, women’s issues, fertility, allergies, stress, autoimmune and chronic degenerative conditions.
Chinese medicine is a complete medical system that addresses the needs of the individual. The acupuncturist is a primary care physician who treats acute and chronic degenerative conditions and focuses on establishing and maintaining health.Chinese medicine honors the interdependence of body, mind and spirit as well as the relationship between patient and practitioner. The practitioner considers the personal history, symptoms and main complaint as well as the inherent healing capacity of the patient. From there, the practitioner creates a treatment plan that generally includes acupuncture and herbal medicine as well as preventive care and health maintenance.
Generally, patients seek treatment because pain or disease has moved to the forefront of their experience.
From the Chinese Medicine perspective, if something registers on an allopathic (western medicine) test, it is already likely to be severe.
The practitioner specializing in Chinese Medicine helps to rebalance distortions before they develop into something more extreme.
More severe conditions may include acute pain, arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, cancer and others. Presenting issues like these result from a series of signs and symptoms that, left untreated over time, create a pathological condition. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine offer the opportunity to address imbalances early—before they become severe.
How Does Chinese Medicine Compare to Allopathic Medicine?
Allopathic medicine focuses on treating the disease and symptoms.
The philosophy underlying Chinese Medicine is that the practitioner treats the individual—not the disease. The patient is an individual experiencing an imbalance.
The acupuncturist seeks to diagnose the root causative factor behind the imbalance and correct it.
In doing so, the practitioner addresses both the symptoms and the pathological process that gave rise to them.
In Chinese Medicine, we believe that the body is a natural healer. By working with the body’s innate ability to heal itself, we are able to restore health. This can happen quickly and without the need for medications that may have unwanted side effects with acupuncture.