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.
|Women’s Health ||Musculo-Skeletal||Psycho-Emotional||Respiratory|
Any Joint/Muscle Pain
Nutrition is a primary cornerstone to Oriental Medicine. We will look at your current food and beverage habits to identify areas of strength and possible areas of improvement to help you reach your health goals. The TCM nutritional recommendation for longevity weighs more on vegetable intake with the celebratory treats being reserved for, well, celebrations.
When you complete the acupuncture intake form, there is a section for you to describe your diet habits. Complete this fully, using general descriptions for the meals section, as I recognize (actually hope) that you do not eat the same identical meals every day. If you skip meals, say so. If you tend to grab fast food for lunch, write "burger-fries" or your more frequent choices. If dinner tends to be meat & potato or a protein with 2 veggies or a microwave dinner, you are encouraged to write general descriptions. The point is to give us the starting diet/lifestyle that has played in the formation of your current health.
Any nutritional or lifestyle suggestions offered are just that, suggestions. No radical sudden exchanges will be suggested since changes perceived as "too much" cause more stress, and excessive stress is counter-productive to reaching our health goal(s). Growing into gradual change is often the healthier option.
Once the full diagnostic process is done, certain foods and spices may be recommended to be increased or decreased in your diet specific to your individual treatment plan. Traditional Chinese Medicine Nutrition Theory has classified foods according to qualities that create specific responses and functions in the body.
Know Your Acupuncturist
Particularly in States Other than Hawaii and Montana
Practitioners whose educational focus is in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine receive a large majority of their training focused in this field supplemented with western medical training to support the complementary treatment of clients who will also be working with a MD. They undergo an extensive clinical internship averaging 3 years. Other healthcare practitioners may use acupuncture, which is one of the many therapies of Oriental Medicine, as an adjunct to their primary practice. While all of these practitioners have training in western medical sciences, this chart is designed to illustrate the varying levels of acupuncture training generally undertaken by healthcare professionals.
States vary on their requirements for state licensure. The acupuncture and Oriental medicine schools in these different states often reflect the state's requirements in their school's curriculum and diploma requirements. At this point, only two states require passing of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®)'s board exams to be allowed to advertise or state that they do acupuncture. Those states are Montana and Hawaii.
In states other than Hawaii and Montana, it is important to understand your state's regulations and leniency in training required for someone to say they "do acupuncture", and to understand the difference between "doing acupuncture" with full training and testing in the diagnostic and treating theories of Oriental Medicine vs "doing acupuncture" with limited introduction to point locations - or even with zero hours of training required in a few states for MD's who may choose to add "acupuncture" to their list of services.
Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.): 3-4 year full-time masters degree program of 1363 - 2000 hours in Acupuncture (or 2000-3000 hours in Oriental Medicine) treating a wide range of conditions. The vast list of conditions effectively treated by acupuncture and oriental medicine, as cited by the World Health Organization, includes musculo-skelatal to auto-immune to emotional to chronic complex conditions.
Medical doctor, osteopath, naturopath, or chiropractor (with "Certified Acupuncturist" title from the Chiropractic Board or service title of "Dry Acupuncture" in many states) who uses acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy: 300 hours or less, usually focused strictly on musculo-skelatal symptoms, without any introduction to or instruction in diagnosis of root cause in accordance to Traditional Chinese Medical theory.
Detoxification technition: around 100 hours or less
Note: Many western-modality health-care practitioners do pursue more studies than the minimum required, and there are some chiropractors who have pursued the full course of study required for a licensed acupuncturist, to enable them to pass the NCCAOM boards. These practitioners will use the state's title for a licensed acupuncturist and will have an NCCAOM diplomate standing.
In conclusion, don't hesitate to ask questions to know more about a practitioner's training and the type of acupuncture offered in a clinic. Has your practitioner fully embraced and regularly employed the powerful depth of acupuncture's healing?
Soon at the Cottonwood Old Town Plaza
753 N. Main St, Suite C - 3
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
What to Expect with Lea's TCM Diagnosis and Treatment
As an acupuncturist-herbalist trained by masters from China, the accuracy of diagnosis is viewed as vital for identifying the root of the problem. The treatment plan will be to balance the root in order to resolve the symptom(s), which are viewed as branches to an unhealthy/unbalanced root. This approach is for long-term resolution to improve the depth of wellness and to prevent the symptoms regenerating to the dis-eased state(s) that led to you seeking help. If someone is in great pain, then a treatment may be focused on treating that branch, with the plan to start/resume treating the root during the next session. If you've received acupuncture for a pain issue during a cruise, they usually will have focused on treating the branch. Since TCM is holistic and links different emotions to different meridians and conditions, this will be included in any thorough TCM treatment and is a good reason that the combining hypnosis with traditional acupuncture-herbal treatment proves so powerful for faster healing.
Hypnosis and/or acupuncture infertility, diabetes, weight, auto-immune, and women's wellness
treatment plans will be individualized
to address your personal background,
as they influence the present diagnosis of
even subtle mind-body-spirit imbalances
to help you improve
the body's hormonal balance,
and serene well-being.
Abundant research supports the powerful effectiveness
of a series of
acupuncture, Oriental medicine
and/or hypnosis therapies
improving overall health and well-being
to better make your goals your reality.
Learn more today about Hawaii’s most deeply holistic integrated mind-body wellness:
Reiki, hypnosis, spiritual acupuncture, acupressure, bodywork, herbal food medicine in Kailua-Kona.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact
Lea Siebert, MSOM, LAc, LMT, CH, Reiki Master in Kailua-Kona
Just as a constitutional acupuncturist-herbalist will check your pulses as part of the diagnostic process, your acupuncturist-herbalist will also look at your tongue. The size, shape, textures, colors, marks, coating and moistness provide a wealth of information for accurate constitutional diagnosis.
Traditional Chinese Medicine encompasses much more than mere acupuncture. TCM is truly holistic in its diagnosis techniques, perspective and treatment protocols to include nutrition, lifestyle, bodywork, meditation/spiritual life, mind-body-spirit holistic perspective and herbal medicine along with acupuncture.
“One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions.”
-1997 NIH Consensus Development Conference
World Health Organization on Acupuncture
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other health procedures combined. The National Institute of Health (NIH) studies show that it is the most promising of all complementary methods so far researched, stating “the data in support of acupuncture are as strong as those for many Western medical therapies”.
|Nicotine Withdrawal and Detox|
Chemo & Radiation Side-effects
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.
Reiki, Hypnosis & Guided Meditation, Spiritual Acupuncture,
Master Tong & Dr. Tan's Balance Acupuncture, E-Stim Acupuncture,
QiGong, Cupping, Guasha, Moxibustion, Acupressure, Herbal-Food Medicine
Kaufman's Pain Neutralization Technique, Oriental & Hawaiian Massage,
Herbal Poultice Massage, and Constitutional Facial Rejuvenation