Acupuncture is part of one of the oldest known and most widely respectedalternative medical systems in the world. In the past 10 years, acupuncture has made a name for itself in the medical communities of the U.S. It has gained acceptance and respect by leading researchers in the field of medicine.
The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture’s effectiveness for over 40 common disorders, such as:
- Ear, Nose & Throat Disorders
- Toothaches, earaches, sinusitis, rhinitis, laryngitis
- Respiratory Disorders
- Colds & flus, bronchitis, asthma, allergies, emphysema
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Food allergies, nausea, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, ulcers, colitis
- Circulatory Disorders
- Hypertension, high cholesterol, arteriosclerosis, angina pectoris
- Urogenital Disorders
- Cystitis, stress incontinence, neurogenic bladder, prostatitis, prostatic hypertrophy
- Gynecological Disorders
- Menstrual irregularity, endometriosis, PMS, infertility, menopausal syndrome
- Musculoskeletal Disorders
- Tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, TMJ, sciatica, low back pain, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia
- Psychoemotional & Neurological Disorders
- Depression, anxiety, insomnia, headache, migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, intercostals neuralgia, poststroke paralysis, dizziness, tinnitus
Acupuncture is extremely safe. As a licensed acupuncturist, I use individually packaged, sterile, disposable needles. These thin needles are inserted into specific points on the body. This insertion interacts with the body’s natural energy and gives the body direction in balancing and healing itself. Our expertise in choosing which acupoints to use in each particular case is what makes your treatment so effective.
Acupuncture needles are not much thicker than a strand of hair, and their insertion is not like receiving an ordinary injection with a thick needle. In some cases, you will not even know the needles are in place. In others, there may be some tingling, warmth, heaviness, or a feeling of qi moving up and down the channels. Most of our clients find acupuncture extremely relaxing and many fall asleep during treatment.
Traditional Chinese acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of qi (pronounced “chee”). Qi is the vital energy force necessary for life and bodily functions. All disease is caused by the lack of free flow of Qi. Qi flows through distinct channels that cover the body, somewhat like the nerves and blood vessels. Acupuncture adjusts the flow of qi in the body, leading it to areas where it is needed and drawing it from areas where it is stuck and/or in excess. In this way, acupuncture restores the harmonious balance of the body and its parts. The Chinese have a saying, “If there is pain, there is no free flow; if there is free flow, there is no pain.” Restored harmony and free flow of qi manifests in the body as health and wellness.
While receiving acupuncture:
- Relax. There is no need to be frightened. Ask us any questions you have along the way so that you can get the maximum benefit from your treatment.
- Do not change your position or move suddenly. If you are uncomfortable, tell us.
- We provide a tranquil space that is warm and the calming sounds ensure a peaceful experience.
Here are some suggestions to help you get the maximum benefit from your treatment:
- Wear loose clothing. Women should not wear one piece dresses. Avoid wearing tight stockings.
- Avoid treatment when excessively fatigued, hungry, full, emotionally upset, or shortly after sex.
Understanding Allergies and Sensitivities
Allergies and sensitivities are caused by an inappropriate reaction to harmless substances.
The word “allergy” comes from the Greek allos, meaning “other”. It was first used in 1906 to refer to an “altered reaction” in the body’s immune system.
A “true allergy” is a reaction triggered by the immune system, however there are a vast number of symptoms or conditions caused by sensitivities that may or may not involve the immune system. With reactions involving food, a large percentage of the population believe they have allergies, yet fewer than 2% actually have true allergies. In fact, many suffer from undiagnosed food sensitivities or intolerances. The majority of patients who seek the AAT treatment do not have true allergies; their symptoms are likely to be caused by sensitivities with no immune involvement. Since there are few options for the treatment of sensitivities, other than avoidance, AAT provides a highly effective alternative. Symptoms caused by true allergies, however, also respond well to the treatment as the organs systems involved in the reaction are also addressed.
The use of the word “allergy” has become a generic term used by the public to describe allergies, sensitivities and intolerances.
Symptoms We Treat
A sensitivity or inappropriate reaction may cause symptoms from any organ system in the body. Some systems are prone to reacting to certain families of allergies or substances, such as the respiratory system reacting to pollen. However, a substance may affect any organ system, which could cause a multitude of symptoms varying from case to case. For example, a reaction to wheat may cause hives in one person, digestive issues in another, fatigue, wheezing or Acid Reflux all in different patients. We address the specific organ systems affected by the allergen or offending substance.
- Digestive System - Symptoms include reflux, heartburn, abdominal and intestinal pain, cramping, gas, bloating, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. Primarily caused by reactions to food or other ingestants.
- Respiratory System - Symptoms include sneezing, congestion, runny nose, wheezing, shortness of breath, coughs, postnasal drip, skin conditions, rashes and itchy, watery eyes. Reactions may be associated with pollens, dust, food, chemicals and animals (including dog and cat dander and bird feathers), air-borne substances and contactants.
- Dermatological - Symptoms may include red, itchy, or scaly skin rashes, blisters with oozing and crusting, dry leathery patches or hives. The main cause of dermatological reactions can be a reaction to food but can also be caused by plants, contactants and chemicals.
- Headaches and Migraines - May be caused by reactions to food such as chocolate and caffeine, airborne irritants such as pollens and chemicals including household cleaners, perfumes and vehicle fumes.
- Tiredness and Fatigue - Many reactions result in lethargy and feelings of fatigue. Tiredness can also occur at certain times of the day, such as in the afternoon after eating.
Common Allergens or Offending Agents
- Chemicals, Latex
- Woods, Metals
- Detergents, Softeners
- Fabrics, Upholstery, Plastics
- Airborne Irritants
- Dust, Dust Mites
- Animal Dander
- Shell Fish
- Red and White Wine, Beer
- Food Components
- Herbal Remedies
- Nutritional Supplements
- Coffee and Chocolate
- Seasonal Allergies
- Stinging Insects
- Barometric Pressure
Energy healing is a holistic practice that activates the body’s subtle energy systems to remove blocks. By breaking through these energetic blocks, the body’s inherent ability to heal itself is stimulated. There are many types of energy healing all based on these principles.
At Be Zen Holistic Wellness, our practitioners are trained in multiple modalities and choose them based on what your needs are. Some of these are listed below.
Reiki is the Japanese tradition of energy healing, and it dates back to the early 20th century. Chakras, the seven energy transmission centers of the body, are described in ancient Hindu texts. Meridians, the energy superhighways of the body, are the road maps on which traditional Chinese medicine practitioners based acupuncture.
During a Bars session, a trained practitioner lightly touches 32 points on your head which dissipates the electromagnetic charge that gets locked in our brains by the thoughts, feelings and emotions that we have stored over our lifetime. Imagine if someone could press a button and mute that voice in your head that tells you that you’re not good enough or that you can’t accomplish what you dream about. That “voice” comes from those electromagnetic charges that keep us from believing we can have the life we've always known is possible. This is what the Bars will begin to unlock…the space of being YOU!
Resonance Repatterning is a process that works with the self-healing energy within your body-mind system. By accessing the individual’s needs, specific to what their body-mind system is reporting, extraordinary outcomes for greater potential for health, nourishing relationships, and greater sense of well-being emerge.
Working with universal healing disciplines of the Chinese Five Element and Meridian System, Polarity Therapy based on the chakra system of India, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Family Systems, consciousness science, color, light, sound, fragrance, movement, breath, energetic balancing and applied kinesiology, each session taps into the wisdom of your own body to offer specific support for your needs.
Any time is a good time to visit an energy healer. If you are stressed, anxious, or physically drained, an energy healing session can help you relax and feel more balanced. And if you're already feeling good, it's always possible to feel a little better! It's important to note that energy healing is a complementary modality that shouldn't exclude any Western medicine you may be taking.
Functional Medicine is a personalized, systems-oriented model that empowers Patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying cause of disease. Functional Medicine incorporates the latest in genetic science, systems biology, and understanding of how environmental and lifestyle factors influence the emergence and progression of disease. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
Nutrition is the science that interprets the interaction of nutrients and other substances in food in relation to maintenance, growth, reproduction, health and disease of an organism.
At Be Zen Holistic Wellness Center we do our best to empower our patients to use food as their medicine. When needed, we use food based nutraceuticals (vitamins and minerals), herbs, and essential oils to help direct the body to a balanced state that can then be maintained with diet and lifestyle. Our holistic nutritionist works closely with our acupuncturist and functional medicine practitioner to bring a well rounded approach to your health
What a Holistic Nutritionist does…
Recognize that health and wellness requires a holistic diet full of whole foods, fresh water, sunlight, exercise, and plenty of rest.
Coach and educate clients about the tools to achieve and sustain good health such as daily routine involving whole, nutritious foods, exercise, and adequate sleep.
Recognize when it is necessary to refer a client to a licensed practitioner for treatment and/or diagnosis.
Empower clients to achieve improved health, both today and for the future, through addressing any imbalances caused by improper nutrition, food sensitivities and allergies, poor quality sleep, insufficient water, lack of exercise, fresh air, and relaxation.
Educate clients to evaluate their lifestyle choices, to identify and change any potential causes of poor health.
Create healthy environments, conduct educational activities and demonstrations, and support clients to reach their personal wellness goals.
A Holistic Nutritionist will support you in making gradual and sustainable lifestyle changes without dieting, deprivation, or willpower.