Using an understanding of anatomy and physiology that mimics patterns observed in nature, Chinese medicine offers a framework for practitioners to diagnose and treat discomfort and disease that may not be adequately described by western medicine.
Acupuncture and Moxibustion
Using the meridians and acupuncture points as a road map, Chinese medicine practitioners apply treatment to specific points on the body. Most commonly, hair-thin needles are inserted into the skin to stimulate the smooth flow of qi, or energy. Needles can either be left in for 20-30 minutes, or inserted and taken out right away depending on what is needed.
Practitioners will also sometimes apply moxa to specific points either directly or indirectly, burning the moxa to create a gentle warming sensation. This is referred to as moxibustion, a fabricated word derived from the combination of the words moxa + combustion.
Dr. Katy's practice is influenced strongly by Five Element style acupuncture, and uses both acupuncture and moxibustion frequently.
Chinese Herbal Therapy
Chinese herbal medicines are formulated specifically for the patient by the practitioner. The practitioner draws on thousands of years of wisdom contained in ancient texts. Chinese herbal formulas are often delivered in the form of granules, which can be easily mixed with warm water and consumed throughout the day (as directed by the prescription).
Dr. Katy can prescribe Chinese herbal formulas.
Chinese medicine practitioners also offer a variety of other treatments, including but not limited to: bodywork, cupping, and nutritional and lifestyle counseling.
Dr. Katy often incorporates a gentle form of bodywork called So Tai into her treatments. This relaxing modality helps to gently guide the body towards improved mobility and decreased pain.