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How Chinese Herbal Medicine in Santa Rosa Helps Improve Your Health

For thousands of years, Chinese medicine has helped countless people reach better standard of health. Chinese herbal medicine in Santa Rosa is just one single, but powerful, aspect of the Traditional Chinese Medicine offered at Acupuncture Mama.

The Basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine

At its core, Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) focuses on restoring the body’s natural balance. Each individually designed treatment works with the energy of the body (Qi, Yin, Yang, Blood) to restore harmony within enhance and your connection to nature’s energy.

Practitioners believe that illness and disease are caused with the body’s Qi being blocked, depleted or otherwise unbalanced. By restoring the smooth flow throughout the body’s invisible meridian lines, TCM can reduce pain and other negative health symptoms.

Chinese Herbal Medicine in Santa Rosa

Herbal remedies have stood the test of time for thousands of years. In fact, many of the western medicine’s pharmaceuticals were originally derived from natural plant sources. Chinese herbal medicine uses plants and other natural products to supplement & restore the body’s own harmony.

There is a huge difference between western medicine and Chinese herbal medicine, in that Chinese medicine tailors treatment to the individual, and treats the root cause. TCM works in this way because  symptoms are the manifestation of an imbalance; for example a running nose maybe the body trying to flush out a pathogen. In general, the Western approach, is of a uniform treatment for everyone with the same symptoms, irrespective of the cause.

Herbal Medicine Works in Tandem with Other Treatments

For best results, the practitioner will often recommend other treatments in addition to the personalized herbal remedies. These treatments may include:

  • Acupuncture – Using tiny needles at key points on the body to help unblock the meridian and restore the flow of Qi.
  • Cupping – Using special cups to create gentle suction on the skin to reduce pain, improve blood flow and encourage both detoxification and healing.
  • Moxibustion (Moxa) – Integral to Acupuncture Mama’s services, Moxa uses a special blend of dried mug wort that is burned above key points on the body to stimulate the acupuncture points and circulation.

A Word of Caution Regarding Chinese Herbal Medicine in Santa Rosa

While naturally derived, herbal remedies can still cause what’s called a ‘Healing Crisis’ where changes that occur in the body whilst it is healing may cause other symptoms. Because of this, it is very important to have a full consultation with a professional before taking herbal medicines to ensure they are right for you. Trained professionals, such as Acupuncture Mama, have extensive training & experience regarding the safe application of herbal remedies.

To learn more, or to request an appointment to discuss using Chinese herbal Medicine in the Santa Rosa area, please contact Acupuncture Mama today at 707-303-7200.

Acupuncture Mama’s Peaceful Office in Santa Rosa, CA

December 5, 2016 – Santa Rosa, CA – If you are in pain or struggling with a health issue and have exhausted all of the more traditional medical avenues it’s time to consider Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. For thousands of years, these practices have been used to successfully treat ailments as diverse as:Read More >

Does Acupuncture Treatment Work?

Acupuncture is an ancient method of healing from China dating back more than a thousand years. But does acupuncture treatment work? Millions of people have been helped over many centuries using these ancient Chinese methods of healing, so there must be something that keeps people coming back.Read More >

Acupuncture Mama Provides Therapeutic Acupuncture Service in Santa Rosa

The ancient science and art of acupuncture is used the world over as a way to improve quality of life and vitality. Acupuncture has been used for over three thousand years to treat patients for a variety of ailments including fertility issues, headaches, hormonal imbalance, stress and anxiety, and many more. The premier site for acupuncture in Santa Rosa is Acupuncture Mama. Annette Romios is a California board certified Acupuncturist and herbalist. She will use her vast experience to formulate and enact a personalized plan to increase your health and happiness. To understand how acupuncture can improve your life we must first explore what it is.Read More >

Fall is here: simple tips to help you stay healthy

From an Chinese Medicine  perspective, Fall is time to pare down, to let go of the excesses we allowed ourselves in Summer and focus on what’s necessary for Winter.  The transition into Fall is when we move from the more active seasons to the more passive. This directly impacts how we feel, and how we prevent and treat illness.  Each season is linked with a natural element, organ and emotion. The element, organ and emotion of Fall are, respectively, Metal, Lung and grief. These three things guide us into how to feel the best we can.

With Metal, Lung and grief as our guides, here are some tips for staying healthy this fall.

Fall is when we ought to embrace our Metal-esque qualities: strong, definitive, focused, discerning. It is time to get down to business, to gain clarity about what really matters to us, as I said earlier pare down, to what is important and letting go of what no longer serves us well at this time.

Wear a scarf; Lung, the organ associated with fall, is the first line of defense against external ‘pathogenic factors’ (colds and flu etc). As the weather turns cold and the wind picks up, the Lung organ is extra vulnerable. In Chinese Medicine we believe that pathogenic factors such as cold and wind invade the body at the back of the neck,  hence the scarf. Try it, you’ll be amazed how much warmer and cozier you feel against the cooler Fall weather!

Dryness of all kinds is common in fall.  Dry skin and even rashes tend to show up in fall. Drink a lot of  (warm or hot) water and keep your skin hydrated. Whilst moisturizing  massage your skin and help the Qi to move more readily, self nurturing is particularly important and we turn inward preparing our bodies for the coming Winter months, in Ayurveda they call this Abhyanga and is traditionally done with warm oil and feels amazingly nurturing and grounding.

Another reason to stay hydrated is to regulate digestion. The Lung’s paired organ is Large Intestine, so sometimes digestive issues can flare up this time of year. Constipation, due to the dryness of the season, is most common, especially in people who struggle with the “letting go” aspect of transitioning into fall.

Eat warm seasonal foods; We need to start keeping our bodies warmer on the outside (scarf) , and also warmer on the inside as well. Instead of cold cereal with milk, choose oatmeal. Trade the salads for oven-roasted veggies over brown rice, casseroles and  seasonal soups. When cooking, add in some onions, ginger, garlic or mustard—these pungent foods are known to benefit the Lung organ.

Veggie wise, root vegetables such as beets, turnips, carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and squash are ideal. If you go for out-of-season vegetables, make sure they are cooked. If you’re craving fruit, reach for something seasonal such as baked or stewed apples or pears.

If you’d like to learn more about acupuncture and how it can help you get or stay healthy call us at Acupuncture Mama (707)- 303-7200 or via email at annette@acupuncturemama.com

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Across the country, millions are taking pain-relieving medications in order to manage their debilitating health challenges. What if there was a way to relieve the pain without resorting to dangerous pharmaceuticals? The latest medical research highlights the multiple benefits that acupuncture can have for those suffering pain-related issues. In this latest post, our Santa Rosa, California, professionals look at why patients are now increasingly choosing acupuncture for pain relief over pharmacological options.Read More >

Acupuncture for Pain in Sonoma County

Acupuncture has continued to gain acceptance in Western medical practices, and for a good reason. It is a proven means of diminishing pain through the realignment of bodily energies. There is no reason to believe that a practice such as acupuncture that originated from an ancient culture isn’t valid. Many Western practitioners are quickly finding they’ve undervalued their Eastern forefathers. Patients choose acupuncture for pain in Sonoma County because it works for them. It also helps them overcome debilitating issues that have plagued them for a long time.

Areas Where Acupuncture Can Help

Acupuncture treatment can complement other areas of medicine, including:

  • Fertility
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  • Pregnancy
  • Menstrual disorders, including PMS and dysmenorrhea
  • Hormonal imbalances like menopause
  • Insomnia, anxiety and stress
  • Headaches and migraines

Don’t Give Up on Finding a Solution for Your Pain

Patients suffering from some medical conditions may find it difficult to relieve their pain or overcome various symptoms. Bell’s palsy is one such condition. One side of the face becomes paralyzed from damage in the facial nerve. This nerve is in control of the muscles comprising one-half of your face, causing one side to droop. Taste, tears and saliva can also be affected by this condition. But it’s possible to cure Bell’s Palsy with acupuncture treatment in as little as two sessions.

Traditional Western doctors may have told you that your pain or health issue cannot be cured. However, acupuncture may be the solution you are looking for. Your road to relief may be something as simple as one or two acupuncture treatments.

Acupuncture for Pain in Sonoma County

Annette Romios is the founder of Acupuncture Mama, and a true convert to acupuncture’s veracity. Annette has suffered from Bell’s palsy herself and directly benefited from acupuncture treatment. She was cured within a few sessions. You can find acupuncture for pain in Sonoma County by calling (707) 303-7200.

Suffering from seasonal allergies? Acupuncture can help!

It’s been a crazy year for allergy sufferers here in Sonoma County.  We had so much rain that things seem to be in constant bloom.  I know this because my car has been covered in a thick layer of pollen for the last three weeks.  What are people to do though if they don’t want to take over the counter medications? Or are trying to conceive and really want to avoid anything that could potentially affect fertility which includes allergy medications.  Acupuncture is often described as a method of preventing and treating disease, illness, injury or pain by allowing the body to heal naturally and improve the way it functions.  

With seasonal allergies affecting one-third of Americans, acupuncture can provide a new kind of relief. While over-the-counter medications often come with unwanted side-effects, acupuncture does not.

Acupuncture seeks to treat both the root (underlying weakness) and the presenting symptoms. This two pronged approach not only offers a longer lasting solution to seasonal allergies but also strengthens the immune system.

Acupuncture, unlike over-the-counter-remedies offers tailor-made treatments. Specifically designed in response to detailed note taking focusing on, history, life style, sleep patterns, diet etc, which all build to create a detailed profile. This, profile along with both pulse and tongue diagnosis enable an individualized treatment plan.

The specific treatment plan, may include herbs, moxa and or cupping as an adjunct to needles.

Come in for a discussion on how I can help you!  I offer a free 30 minute consultation which you can book directly through my website. Or call us at 707-303-7200