ACUPUNCTURE      The Human body is comprised of many systems, the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and central nervous system.  When all systems of the body are in balance the body functions in a state of harmony.  Frequently, illness in one system will lead to disharmony in others.  Acupuncture uses a series of points that are the entrances into the energetic channels or meridians of the body.  These meridians cover and permeate the entire body.  Qi, or the body’s vital energy travels through these meridians, and into the vital organs and central systems of the body.  In Chinese Medicine the meridians and acupuncture points along the meridians are used to diagnose and treat disorders of the body. There are more than 350 acupuncture points that all have their own unique therapeutic value, when used in conjunction with other points as part of an acupuncture treatment or prescription, the overall health of the patient can be greatly impacted. 

All acupuncture needles used in the practice are sterile, and remain in their unbroken packaging until just prior to insertion.  Immediately upon removal, they are discarded in a medical-grade, secure sharps container.  All acupuncture needles used in the practice are for one-time use. 

 CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE      Chinese medicinal herbs are often used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment, and can be used to safely and effectively treat many conditions.  The herbal formulas are a balanced blend of herbs pulled from a pharmacopeia of over 500 single herbs.  Many Traditional Chinese Medical formulas have been in use for over 3000 years.  Often, classic formulas are modified to treat the needs and constitution of a particular patient.  The herbal formulas Melanie uses are most often in pill or powder form, yet she will tailor this to your needs.  To avoid potentially harmful herb/drug interactions, it is important to inform Melanie of any medications or supplements you are currently taking. 

NUTRITION & SUPPLEMENTS      Food and nutrition is the fuel for our bodies and minds.  With the current standard American diet, as well as the shift in the quality of food that we eat, there are often vital elements that we are missing.  Melanie is well-versed in recommending nutritional supplements and discussing dietary shifts and needs.

MOXIBUSTION      Moxibustion is the application of indirect heat that is supplied by burning a dried herbal preparation (Folium Artimesiae Vulgaris), which is often rolled in paper.  Moxa may be applied over specific acupuncture points or over a general area of the body, it is helpful in relieving the pain and fatigue that is caused by overwork and cold.  Moxa is also essential in preventative medicine.  Receiving moxibustion generally illicits a pleasurable and relaxed response, sometimes the area that received the moxibustion may remain red and warm for a period of time after the treatment.

ELECTRICAL STIMULATION       Electrical Stimulation, also know as E-Stim involves using a small, battery-powered stimulator, to send electrical current into the needles., via wires clipped onto the needles.  During the treatment there may be a gentle throbbing or tingling sensation, which is sometimes felt after the treatment has concluded.  E-Stim is effective in pain management and other specific conditions. 

BODYWORK      Melanie has been trained in various types of bodywork including, Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage, Trager, Cranial-Sacral, Visceral Manipulation, Acupressure and Tui-Na.  She will often incorporate these into an overall treatment plan.

QI GONG & MEDITATION      Qi Gong is a non-invasive healing modality that incorporates the same therapeutic principals as acupuncture.  Through the breathwork and exercises of Qi Gong an acupuncture treatment can be greatly enhanced.  Melanie will often prescribe specific Qi Gong exercises to her patients for them to do between sessions. 

WESTERN MEDICINE      In the state of California, practitioners of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are thoroughly educated in western medicine.  They are required to take anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, interpretation of lab data, and western clinical medicine and diagnosis.  Melanie is able to work in an integrative capacity with your medical doctors to help create and/or enhance treatment protocols already in place to help bring you back into harmony and health faster.  According to an NIH Census Report form 1997, “When Chinese medicine is used in conjunction with allopathic care it provides an inexpensive, safe, evidence-based, and non-invasive form of treatment.”