Kelli Miller, L.Ac.
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Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used forms of medicine in the world. Originating in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture is currently one of the most thoroughly researched, practiced, and respected forms of complementary medicine available anywhere.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, your overall health is determined by the quality of the Qi (energy) flow through the natural pathways of your body (meridians). Acupuncture uses a variety of techniques, including placing very thin sterile needles into specific points on the body, to stimulate and improve your Qi flow. The many benefits of acupuncture include:
- Pain reduction
- Stress and tension relief
- Increased energy levels
- Stronger digestion
- Relief from bad habits and addictions
- Greater sense of overall health and well-being
Acupressure is based on one the most ancient principles of healing — that simply touching a specific point on the body will release stress and improve health in the body. In an acupressure session, I apply firm pressure directly to these "points" on your body, which relieves your muscle tension and improves your circulation. This simple and powerful technique has been shown to very effective in treating headaches, backaches, and even insomnia.
Chinese herbal medicine is a 2,000 year old tradition using naturally occurring substances — including herbs — to enhance one's health and vitality. As opposed to Western medicine, the foundation of this approach is to support the body's natural self-healing mechanisms and abilities.
Since each patient has different needs, I carefully select and combine a variety of herbs that will synergistically blend together to achieve optimal results for your unique situation. I prescribe high-quality, professional-grade herbal medicines that are available only to qualified licensed professionals.
Chinese nutrition is a complete system of healing in which foods are utilized to re-establish balance in the body. A practitioner of Oriental Medicine can recommend specific foods that will help balance different organ systems in your body along with the blood and qi. Chinese nutrition focuses on the energetic properties of foods (warming vs cooling, invigorating vs calming, which organs are influenced and so on).
Cupping has been a part of Chinese Medicine for over 2,500 years. It relieves aches and pains, improves circulation, and also helps with respiratory and digestive issues. I simply place a specialized "cup" onto specific points on your body, and then use suction to draw your skin up into the cups. It doesn't hurt — it simply draws fresh blood to that area of your body, which facilitates the cleansing and strengthening of your Qi (energy). The end result is a greater overall sense of health and well-being.
Although Gua Sha is an ancient healing technique used by Chinese Medicine practitioners for thousands of years, it is relatively unknown in the West. It is recognized throughout Asia as a highly effective treatment for chronic pain conditions, stress, fatigue, and a host of other ailments.
First, Gua Sha oil is applied to a specific meridian (energy pathway) on your body. I then use a smooth round-edged object (such as a spoon) to apply short brisk strokes to that area. This creates red patches of skin (called "Sha"), detoxifying your blood and restoring the healthy flow of Qi (energy) to the area. There is no pain involved, and the Sha will fade in 2 to 3 days, but the sense of health and vitality you experience from it will last much longer.
Tui Na is an ancient form of bodywork that is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I use a variety of pressures and strokes along the meridians (energy pathways) of your body to both relax your muscles and also stimulate the flow of energy throughout your body. By treating both the physical (musculature) and energetic (Qi) levels of your body at the same time, I can achieve results far beyond what you’d receive from a conventional massage therapy session.
A unique, non-invasive form of Oriental healing that uses pure sound (via tuning forks) to harmonize the meridians (energy pathways) and to invigorate the body's energy. I studied Acutone under John Pirog, who developed this new system of healing in conjunction with another acupuncturist. Acutone can be used in conjunction with acupuncture or on its own.
I have specialized training in a new form of scalp acupuncture that can be used to treat disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, stroke, dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, ADHD, depression, and anxiety disorders.
One of the most common questions that patients ask about Chinese Medicine is: "Why does my practitioner check my pulse?" Pulse diagnosis is actually one of the most complex and important diagnostic techniques we use in Chinese Medicine. Through feeling and evaluating your pulse, I obtain an accurate diagnosis of your overall constitution, Qi (energy) flow, and internal organ health, among other things. I then synthesize all of this information into a highly effective and individualized treatment plan for your specific needs.
Practitioners of Chinese Medicine use pulse and tongue diagnosis to assess the inner landscape of the body. Tongue diagnosis involves looking at the color, coating, size and shape of the tongue. Also noted are cracks in the tongue and levels of dryness or wetness. A skilled acupuncturist can tell a lot about your state of health through careful observation of your tongue.
Customized Stress Management Plans
Since the body, mind, and emotions are interconnected, a high level of wellness can only be achieved using a holistic approach. I integrate the eastern practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine with my western training in Health Psychology to provide individually tailored stress management plans. I highly recommend combining acupuncture treatments with any stress management program for optimal results because acupuncture helps to resolve any underlying emotional concerns and induces a deep state of relaxation.