Clearspring Acupuncture & Asian Medicine is now open in beautiful downtown Durango. Rikki Gensheer, L.Ac. is providing the active Durango and La Plata County community with all that Asian Medicine has to offer.
Asian Medicine includes acupuncture herbology, physical therapy (cupping, gua sha and tui-na), diet and special exercises (such as Tai Chi and Qi Gong), and is a complete medical system unto itself. It is not a branch of modern Western medicine, but can be very useful on its own or when used in conjunction with Western treatments to complement them or reduce the negative side effects of those treatments. Acupuncture evolved from principles and philosophies unique to part of Asia and Asian Medicine and is most effectively applied when done in accordance with those principles.
The intent of acupuncture therapy is to promote health and alleviate pain, stress, insomnia and conditions such as infertility. The method by which this is accomplished is inserting thin wire-like needles along specific points in the body, a technique used for thousands of years. Just as the Western medical doctor monitors the blood flowing through blood vessels and the messages traveling via the nervous system, the acupuncturist assesses the flow and distribution of your qi (chee) or”vital energy” traveling within its pathways, known as “meridians and channels”. The acupuncturist is able to influence your health and sickness by stimulating certain areas along these “meridians”. The aim is to help your body heal itself.
Chinese herbs are also often used in conjunction with acupuncture. A vast array of herbs, barks, flowers and seeds are used to treat a variety of symptoms and conditions. The active components of plants are the basis for many of the most potent pharmaceutical drugs used in Western medicine. The herbalist uses the whole plant, taking into account the temperature and characteristics of the individual herb. These herbs are then combined to make a formula, with special care being taken to make sure that there are the correct properties to cope with your specific complaint and/or illness. Chinese herbs are typically inexpensive and usually taken in capsule form. Depending on the condition, you may begin to feel immediate relief, while others may require taking the herbs for a more prolonged period of time. A common dosage is three capsules, three times a day, usually taken after eating. Most patients respond well to herbal therapy.
Acupuncture is safe, effective, drug-free and may be covered by insurance! Contact Rikki today for an appointment or more information.
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