Acupuncture consists of the gentle insertion and manipulation of very thin, sterile, disposable needles for therapeutic effect on a range of primary health complaints and for the enhancement of well-being. In addition to acupuncture, Oriental Medicine Practitioners employ a range of therapeutic modalities, including nutrition, body therapy, cupping, ear acupuncture, prescribed exercises and herbal medicine.
Acupuncture's effects have been compared to rebooting a computer or tuning up a car. It re-sets and optimizes the integration and performance of the body's inter-dependent networks and diverse organ systems, thereby boosting overall functioning and performance.
How Does it Work?
Oriental Medicine is based on an energetic system referred to as Qi (pronounced "chee"). Qi, together with Blood, flows throughout the body along channels, or meridians (like water flowing through streams and rivers). Each meridian corresponds with an internal organ system. When there is a disturbance in the flow, the resulting imbalance may cause a variety of symptoms including pain, digestive upset, insomnia, or any number of ailments.
Or from the western medical perspective, Acupuncture can help tap the body’s own internal “pharmacy” to advance comfort and healing. Acupuncture helps move your body’s systems from a state of stress (sympathetic nervous system) to a state of rest (parasympathetic nervous system) creating a different balance in the action of neurotransmitters, endorphins and other biochemical agents to promote better blood flow, reduction in pain, hormonal balance; improved immunity, metabolism etc.
With the insertion of acupuncture needles (and/or with the use of other Oriental Medicine modalities such as herbs, cupping, ear seeds) the flow of Qi and Blood improves through these channels, thereby promoting corresponding internal organs to return to a more balanced state, and the body to return to more optimal physiological functioning.
About Pamela Todd Battle. L.Ac MSTOM
In addition to the 4 years of intensive graduate education to receive my Masters in Oriental Medicine (MSTOM 2008) at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York. I have also trained in Yoga, Qi Gong and Functional Medicine.
Before I began my training and career in Oriental Medicine, my previous career was in healthcare sales and marketing positions with major medical companies representing a wide range of medical products and services to some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the United States. I gained understanding and experience with a wide variety of biomedical technologies and specialties such as Neurology, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Anesthesiology, Surgery, Oncology, Hematology, Cardiology, Wellness, Radiology and Pathology.
With my deepening experience with diverse aspects of biomedicine, I became increasingly aware of certain patient concerns unmet with Western Medicine that Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine can address successfully for a number of patients. I am committed to providing effective quality care for my patients and promoting the benefits that Oriental Medicine has to offer with patients and other medical professionals.