Chelsea C.

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The following is a transcript of the video testimony.

But, I’ve been very fortunate to have a cousin who is a really wonderful acupuncturist, and, as most of my fans know, I have fibromyalgia and other chronic illnesses, and suffer from chronic pain. So, I’ve been looking for, you know, as many different options as I can, and I highly recommend my cousin, Erik, at Changing Elements Acupuncture. He does a wonderful job. I’m actually going to go see him again on Sunday before we leave. I will also post his information, but I highly recommend him.

Chris C.

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After only a few sessions: many of my muscle spasms, tightness in my calves, and the numbness in my palms & fingers have gone completely. I felt like I could feel the oxygen flowing through my body & finally after many years of stress & tension I was able to enjoy a long period of comfort and have experienced a greater value of sleep.


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I started having nightly hot flashes and sweats. I started taking some herbs recommended to me by Erik Jackson and, after a few days, I noticed that I didn’t wake up feeling like I was burning up inside anymore. It’s wonderful!


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Erik, I feel like you saved my life! There are so many senior citizens here at the retirement center, and many of them are coming down with the same respiratory ailment similar to mine and are now in the hospital with pneumonia. One night it hurt to inhale, took my Chinese remedy (which I had forgotten to take), and slept sitting up. The next morning I was fine.

Bill La Barr

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I am a United Methodist pastor serving a large church in Dallas. Christmas eve we have five services, beginning at 2:30 in the afternoon and ending at midnight. We serve communion in all of those services. It is a long day. Usually, my back begins killing me midway through. By the end of the night, I can hardly move. In the past, I have taken two Excedrin before every service and worn a heat belt just to try to be able to make it through the night. [In 2008], however, I enlisted the aid of Erik who “practiced” his new acupuncture techniques on my back. The result was immediate and wonderful! The tension in my back simply went away. I was able to move, to bend, and to conduct the services without pain. The next morning my back felt great! Erik has been a regular at our church every Christmas eve since then. In fact, this past year my associate and the music director availed themselves of his services. I highly recommend him.

Anita Burgess

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Erik Jackson is awesome!  He is skilled and caring.  He is also very knowledgeable in acupuncture and herbal medicine.  I am a huge fan of his and recommend him without qualification.  He keeps me healthy!

Differentiating Acupuncturists and Chiropractors

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Multiracial Hands Making a CircleIn Texas, and the U.S.A. in general, there are more chiropractors than acupuncturists. Oftentimes, chiropractors practice acupuncture—or what they call dry needling—to supplement their chiropractic practice. Insurance companies, in some states, are even more accepting of acupuncture from a chiropractor than an acupuncturist.

But is acupuncture administered by a chiropractor the same as if it were administered by an acupuncturist? When is it appropriate to seek out an acupuncturist instead of a chiropractor? What is the difference in training between the two professions? In effect, what sets these two professions apart?

Education and Training

The education requirements for acupuncturists and chiropractors are similar. Each must engage in a graduate level degree program. Chiropractic students at the Texas Chiropractic College must complete 1115 clinic hours; future acupuncturists at the Texas Health and Science University must complete 900 clinic hours. Chiropractors often have an undergraduate background in biology, chemistry, or a similar degree. Currently, acupuncturists do not have such a requirement, but they do receive 420 hours of biomedical training over the course of their Masters of Science program. The total hours for a Doctor of Chiropractic degree is 3360; while a Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is 3045. In raw hours, a chiropractor has about one trimester more coursework than an acupuncturist. Chiropractors can use the title of Doctor, but acupuncturists cannot even though the degree levels are nigh equivalent.

The focus of these training programs is where they differ the most. Chiropractors are much more versed in biomedical procedures and use adjustments, primarily on the spine, to correct dysfunction in the body. Chiropractors are provided significant exposure and training with medical laboratory tests and procedures, particularly X-rays. Acupuncturists are given training on how to interpret laboratory results, but they are not allowed to administer or request such tests in most states. Acupuncturists and chiropractors speak very different jargons when it comes to diagnosis. Chiropractors, using more of a Western biomedical jargon model, can better communicate with other biomedical health professionals without translating the jargon.

It sounds like chiropractors are the better choice. Not necessarily. Chiropractors do have more Western biomedical training, and their focus is on the musculoskeletal system. This means they are quite versed at managing pain in various forms, but are lacking in other areas.  If confronted with a case that requires supplementation, a recently graduated chiropractic student has 90 hours of nutritional training.  An acupuncture graduate has 660 hours of herbal training, including nutrition, diet, and vitamins and minerals. As neither is allowed to prescribe pharmaceutical compounds as part of their scope of practice, both will make use of appropriate nutritional supplements and dietary suggestions to achieve treatment goals.

Both chiropractors and acupuncturists see the clients that have come into their office for assistance, but chiropractors do not have diagnostic tools to predict the course of a disease without sending off for lab work. An Acupuncturist can, by pulse and tongue diagnosis, determine the likely course and prognosis of a condition without sending their client out for further tests. This comparison of training can go on, even though each profession works with a considerable overlap with the other; however, they do have differences that can help an individual to choose one over the other.

How is one to choose between an acupuncturist and a chiropractor? As stated before, chiropractors are trained to assess and treat the body via the musculoskeletal system. They have knowledge and training of other areas of the body, but their primary focus is the alignment of the various bones in the body, particularly the spine. If you have back pain that is clearly the result of a vertebra out of alignment, then a Chiropractor is a good referral. Acupuncturists, through their holistic diagnostic approach, have a variety of methods at their disposal, beyond simply needling the body, to treat many conditions beyond pain management. Acupuncturists can treat for insomnia, hypertension, infertility, and several other conditions that have little to no correlation with pain. Thus, if you are in pain from a sore, tight, or pulled muscle; or it is a condition where a nerve is causing pain, an acupuncturist is a great referral.  The most common referral I have had by chiropractors is sciatica, which is a painful condition resulting from dysfunction of the sciatic nerve in the lower back and down the leg. The most common referrals I have given to chiropractors are clients who have misaligned vertebrae.

But what about all the chiropractors who claim to use acupuncture? Why not just go and see one of them if I have sciatica or some other condition? The trouble is, while chiropractors can get training in acupuncture, this by no means makes them acupuncturists. The diagnostic language and methodology for treating a client in the way an acupuncturist vastly differs from what a chiropractor is used to. This would be similar to a native English speaker claiming to know Swahili after having a four-month study course. Unless they received a Masters of Acupuncture degree, or something similar, a chiropractor claiming to do acupuncture received their acupuncture training via an elective course, or weekend seminars. This is quite different from the 645 hours of graduate level training, not including the clinic hours, which an acupuncturist receives. Likewise, acupuncturists who claim that the 30 hours of training they have in tuina makes them competent enough to perform chiropractic adjustments are treading on thin ice. That stated, there are exceptions: some chiropractors take extensive continual education in acupuncture techniques before offering it in their services; many acupuncturists, while not qualified to do adjustments, have a massage therapy license; some acupuncturists may have trained in various Oriental bodywork techniques, especially if they were trained in Japanese style acupuncture.


Like many rivalries, the issue comes down to politics. While I have had the great pleasure and privilege of working with some talented chiropractors who appreciate what an acupuncturist can do, there are several who believe they are just as good as an acupuncturist, even with minimal training in the discipline. Just as the care needed to not damage the body when one manipulates the bones of the spine is nothing to scoff at, so too is the care needed for placing sharp, although thin, needles near nerves, blood vessels, and organs. Chiropractors have a much stronger lobby than acupuncturists, and in general are more organized individuals; plus, they are more accepted by the public and medical community. This makes it more difficult to promote acupuncture as its own profession. The lack of understanding of the quality of training that acupuncturists go through, and acupuncturists’ own lack of initiative in educating the public about the nuances of their profession, means that decisions often get made for acupuncturists without the acupuncturists having an adequate voice. Insurance companies are run by administrators, not healthcare workers. As a result, without appropriate information about acupuncture, they make decisions such as to cover acupuncture treatments only if they are administered by an MD, DO, or Chiropractor (DC).  Such companies are might be unaware of the level of training that an acupuncturist (L.Ac.) goes through, and, as such, the decisions made come across narrow-minded or foolish. Many acupuncturists find the prospect of dealing with the bureaucratic minutia of insurance companies to be more costly in time and payment than it is worth; as such, they decide not to accept insurance or not process the claims and provide superbills so patients can file reimbursement claims. This could lead to further complications as universal coverage becomes more of a factor. Insurance plans vary by state and, so does the insurance parity. As of January 1, 2014, Colorado legislation went into effect to provide insurance parity for licensed acupuncturists.

Say you still want to get acupuncture from a chiropractor because you found it was cheaper and you believe they received sufficient training. Why wouldn’t you go to them?

More About Insurance

Have you met your deductible? What is the copay? How many sessions are covered by your insurance plan? While you may pay a $15-$30 copays to the chiropractor, or M.D./D.O., how much are billed later by your insurance company as a result of your deductible? $40? $60? While a visit to a standard acupuncturist costs about $60-$80, it’s all upfront. Once you pay, you’re done. Beyond that, you also get more time for your acupuncturist to review your case and give suggestions. You can pay the same amount for a chiropractic adjustment that lasts half an hour as you would for an hour-long session with an acupuncturist, and have less time with the chiropractor to review your case. There is also the treatment focus. Chiropractors are familiar with treating pain and muscles, but if you develop other symptoms, such as insomnia, the acupuncturist can immediately shift the treatment focus, if necessary, to incorporate this addition.

Wrapping It Up

In summary, every health professional has their niche. There are reasons to see one over another. You might see a chiropractor for back pain after an accident. You would see a medical doctor for a broken leg. An acupuncturist does well for preventative and maintenance, but they are also good as a combination treatment for any reason you would see a medical doctor or chiropractor. Anyone wanting the services of a healthcare worker would do well to consider what they are seeking help for, and which profession will help them best. Your options are out there, so investigate and get the best available to you.


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MugwortChinese Name: Ai Ye
Latin Name: Artemisia argyi
English Name: Mugwort leaf/wormwood leaf, Moxa, St. John’s plant (NOT St. John’s wort)
Category: Herbs that stop bleeding
Taste: bitter, acrid, warm
Channels: SP, LV, KD
Part of plant: Leaf

Actions: Warming
Stops Bleeding
Relieves Pain and itching
Stops cough and wheezing
Dries Dampness, dispels Phlegm
Unprocessed: better for dispelling cold and drying dampness
Vinegar processed: dispel cold and relieve pain
Charred: Stop bleeding
Processed: less stomach irritation

Bio indications:
thermostatic (charred is best)

bacillus anthracis
alpha hemolytic streptococcus
beta hemolytic streptococcus
Corynebacterium diptheria
Diplococcus pneumoniae
Staphylococcus aureus
Staphylococcus citreus
Staphylococcus albus
Bacillus subtilis

Anti asthmatic (in animal studies)
Antitussive (oral administration of essential oil, for dogs, cats, and guinea pigs)
Cholagogic (2% solution increases production and excretion of bile)

Unstable pregnancy, with
Ai Ye 6g
Sha Ren 6g
E Jiao 15g
Bai Zhu 15g
Huang Qin 12g
Su Geng 12g
Sang Ji Sheng 24g
Du Zhong 24g

Chronic tracheitis (essential oil 2x per day for 10 days)
Bronchial asthma, allergic dermatitis, eczema, allergic rhinitis, chemical and drug allergies, 0.15ml of essential oil 3x per day, oral administration
Liver disorders
Bacterial dysentery, 40ml of 20% decoction, 4x per day
Malaria 15-30g, 2hrs before onset of symptoms for 2 days
Skin ulcer
15 g of Ai Ye, Lu Cha and Nu Zhen Zi, prepared as an herbal wash, 3x per day

Cautions and Contraindications:

not for people with yin deficiency or heat in the blood
topical use may irritate the skin and cause local inflammation
oral ingestion of essential oil of Ai Ye may lead to an increase in appetite
may speed up digestion of other medications/herbs. 4-8oz of grapefruit juice with a 10 day on 5 day off stagger, can help alleviate this problem.
Not for pregnant women

LD 50: essential oil 2.47 ml/kg via oral ingestion, in mice

Decoction: 3-10g per cup of water, w/ 1 cup of tea
Essential oil: 0.1ml
Tincture: 1:2 or 1:3, 1-5ml 3x per day (5-20 drops)
Adverse reactions may occur at 20-30g
Fatality may occur at 100g

Small animal
Dried: 25-500mg/kg (divide total and give 3x per day)
Decoction: 5-15g per cup, 1/4-1/2 cup per 20lbs, (divide total and give 3x per day)
Tincture 1:2-1:3, 0.5-2.5ml per 20lbs (divide total and give 3x per day), dilute or combine w/ other herbs (see cautions and contraindications).
Acute: begins within 4 hours following ingestion. Symptoms include dry mouth and throat, thirst, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, tinnitus, abdominal pain, diarrhea, tremor, generalized spasms. If not properly treated can lead to jaundice an liver damage.

Chronic: from prolonged exposure to high dosage. Symptoms include hypersensitivity reactions, numbness of the extremities, neuritis, hallucination, muscle spasms, and cramps. Even with treatment and recovery forgetfulness is noted as a lingering effect.

Treatment of OD:
Acute: after vomiting, 250 ml of milk or 6 egg whites to protect the stomach and neutralize any remaining toxin
If seizures and convulsions 0.6g of Niu Huang should be given to clear heat, eliminate toxins and stop seizures and epilepsy
If jaundice, yellow urine, bitter taste in mouth and wiry pulse, treat for jaundice.
Hu Zhang 15g
Yin Chen Hao 15g
Sheng Ma 15g
Huang Bai 12g
Che Qian Zi 15g
She Xiang 0.06g
2x daily, AM and PM

Hepatitis from OD:
Yin Chen Hao 30g
Ban Lan Gen 30g
Zhi Zi 9g
Long Dan Cao 9g
Gan Cao 9g
Che Qian Zi 15g
Dermatological reactions from direct contact
Hu Zang and Lei Gong Teng, 60g each, soak a towel in the decoction and apply to the affected area

Chemical composition:
D-alpha- phellandrene
alpha- cadinene
borneol acetate

The seeds need light to germinate, and will need to be kept at 45 degrees or so for a couple of weeks in order to encourage germination. The refrigerator will work for this. Take them out after the chilling period and place them in a bright, warm location until germination.


Take bundles of stems with leaves and remove the lower leaves for about 3 – 4″.
Do not wash in water; if they are wet they are likely to get moldy.
Check over the plants for obvious dirt and insects. and remove those leaves.
Take several bundles (not too many or there will not be enough air circulation), tie with string or a rubber band and hang upside down in a cool room out of direct light. Normal room temperature is fine; just no hot dry rooms or damp rooms. It will take several days to a week or so to dry completely. You may leave them there longer, as they are very attractive but not so long that they become dirty with dust or become too dry.

Take the bundles down, when dry, and pull off the leaves and place in a large bowl. “Scrunch” the leaves up to crumble them some and then place in air tight glass jars.
Store in a room or cupboard out of direct light in a dry room.


Try gathering the dew in the early morning and store it in jars with 1/3 to ½ 80 to 100 proof alcohol or drink immediately. The effects would be similar to the Flower Essence.

Other Uses:
Native Americans and others in many ways. It’s used today in dream pillows, sachets or bundles to keep away moths, as a poultice for rashes and stings, and as a bath herb when muscles are sore. Soak your feet in a “tea” or infusion made with mugwort. Travelers would place the leaves of mugwort in their shoes on their walking journeys.

Mugwort Poultice: for relieving the rash from poison ivy or poison oak, and insect bites. . Placing the leaves in a bowl with a very small amount of water, and crushing it with a wooden spoon or using a mortar and pestle will accomplish this. Once the leaves are mushy, place them on the area that is stinging and it will help relieve the itching, and swelling if that has occurred.

Culinary: One of the first herbs to be used to brew beers. Dried leaves only. Apparently fresh leaves make a horrible tasting beer.

Metaphysical: Mugwort is also used as a Warding herb (to repel/banish) negative energies, entities/spirits, wild beasts, weariness.
Dream Pillows: Mugwort, hops, lavender, dried rose petals and chamomile are a nice combination for dream pillows. Mix with dry rice or flax seed and make a small flat “pillow” that can be placed with in the pillowcase of a regular pillow. Or you can combine the herbs with fiberfill and make a flat square using a piece of cotton material and place this in the pillow. There are many ways to do this. The main thing is to enclose the herbs and be able to place them under the pillow while one sleeps. Richters Herbs carries mugwort seeds.



Chinese Acupuncture and Moxabustion by Cheng Xinnong

Functions and indications of moxibustion

Warm meridians and expel wind cold damp
For wind cold exterior syndrome
For interior cold syndrome
For yang deficiency
For Bi syndrome due to wind cold damp

Regulate qi and blood
For pain, skin numbness, Qisinking syndrome, Liver Yang rising syndrome, etc

Revive the yang for resuscitation
For yang collapse syndrome

Prevent diseases and keep healthy

Dissipate nodules, remove toxic heat
For early stage of sore/carbuncle/boil before the pus formation; scrofula; sores/carbuncle/boil couldn’t heal for a long time

Moxibustion should be used cautiously in cases of Yang hyperactivity with yin deficiency; excess heat syndrome

Moxibustion is forbidden on the abdominal region and lumbo-sacral region of pregnant women.

Observe patients’ reaction during moxibustion to adjust the intensity of heat in time to avoid causing burns;

For patients with coma, numbness of the skin / extremities, diabetes patients who have neuropathy, or who have conditions where sensitivity of local nerves may be diminished such as in neural injury, or pathology resulting in paralysis, etc, more attention is required.

Management of burn:
Small blisters can heal by themselves.
Large blisters should be punctured with a sterile needle and drained, then dressed with sterile gauze.
Burn ointment be applied when necessary.
Infection is the primary concern.
For moderate or severe burns, refer to emergency room or a physician.

The moxibustion sensation
Warm sensation, Slight burning pain of local skin, or deep inside, or along channels

The process for moxibustion
Yang first, yin later
back, abdomen,
upper part first, lower part later;
head body four limbs
Small cone first, big cone later
Fewer cones first, more cones later

The volume for moxibustion
10-15 minutes for moxastick on each point or until the skin turns pink / reddish
3-7 moxacones for each point or until the skin turns pink / reddish
Big cone, more units
Small cone, less units

C 8 (a) Direct moxabustion (thread moxibustion)


Chinese Acupuncture and Moxabustion by Cheng Xinnong

Scarring moxibustion
For asthma, chronic gastroenteritis, long term general weakness, etc
Preventing diseases and keep healthy

After scarring moxibustion, the patient should not do heavy physical work, and must keep the local skin clean to avoid infection

Non-scarring moxibustion
For all kinds of indications of moxibustion therapy, especially chronic diseases of cold deficient syndromes, skin warts, etc

Direct / scarring moxibustion should not be applied to the face, the private parts, the vicinity of large blood vessels and joints.

C 8 (b) Indirect moxabustion (stick or pole moxa)


Chinese Acupuncture and Moxabustion by Cheng Xinnong

Moxibustion with moxasticks
Mild-warming moxibustion
Function and indications:
To warm the meridians
expel wind, cold and dampness, for wind cold damp Bi
For all kinds of indications of moxibustion therapy, especially chronic diseases of deficient cold type

Circling moxibustion /Sparrow-pecking moxibustion
The moxa stick is pecked rapidly over the point, but does not burn the skin. May also be moved from left to right or in a circular manner.

Pressing moxibustion (herbal moxastick)
The Great Monad Herbal MoxaStick (Tai Yi ShenZhen);
Thunder-fire moxastick (Lei HuoShenZhen)
warm yang and expel cold, move Qi and blood, open the meridian and stop pain
Cold syndrome, blood stagnation syndrome, pain, etc

When using indirect moxa protect the patient’s skin from any falling moxa or ashes

Great Monad Herbal Moxa Stick
Ren Shen 125g
Chuan Shan Jiao 250g
Shan Yang Xue 90g (goat’s blood)
Qian Nain Jian 500g
Gu Di Feng 300g
Rou Gui 500g
Xiao Hui Xiang 500g
Cang Zhu 500g
Gan Cao 1000g
Fang Feng 2000g

Add a little musk as well.

Grind the herbs into a fine powder then add 24 grams of the herbs you wish to mix with it. Mix in 150g of moxa wool and then roll the entire mixture into a 40cm long stick and glue the paper together with egg white. Allow this to dry in a cool place.

When ready to use, light one end and place it into a dry cloth which has been folded into several layers. Direct the cloth, with the stick, onto the skin to serve as a hot compress 7-10 times. Good for joint pain, numbness, and motor impairment.

Thunder-fire Moxastick
Moxa wool 125g
Chen Xiang 9g
Mu Xiang 9g
Ru Xiang 9g
Qiang Huo 9g
Gan Jiang 9g
Chuan Shan Jiao 9g

All other preperation instructions are the same as the Great Monad Stick and has similar indications but is a little more focused on the muscles.

C 8 (c) Moxabustion on medium


Chinese Acupuncture and Moxabustion by Cheng Xinnong

Moxibustion with ginger
Expel cold, release exterior, warm the interior, stop vomiting. For exterior syndrome and deficient cold syndrome, such as common cold, cough, wind damp Bi, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, etc.

Moxibustion with garlic
Remove toxin, kill worms.
For early stage of sore/carbuncle/boil, insect bite, psoriasis, tuberculosis, scrofula, etc

Moxibustion with salt on Ren 8
Warm interior
For abdominal pain, pain around umbilicus, pain cause by hernia, prolonged dysentery, chronic diarrhea, urinary retention, etc.
Revive the yang for resuscitation.
For yang collapse: profuse sweating, cold extremities, and hidden pulse

Moxibustion with monkshood (Fu Zi) cake
Warm kidney Yang
For yang deficiency, such as impotence, premature ejaculation, yin type sore.

C 8 (d) Moxibustion on needle handle


Chinese Acupuncture and Moxabustion by Cheng Xinnong

Warm and open meridians, move Qi and blood
Disorders need both acupuncture and moxibustion
cold damp Bi: joint pain, numbness and cold sensation; paralysis, muscle weakness and atrophy, etc mainly used on local areas

C 8(e) Moxabox


Commonly used on lower abdomen, lower back, etc

Though not widely used in China, an increasingly popular method in the West is the use of smokeless moxa. The following is the description for use in the modern clinic.
Smokeless moxa is a rod of charcoal impregnated with moxa. It burns hot, but slowly, at an average rate of just 2.7 inches per hour; the rods are about 4.5 inches long, so the total burning time is about 90 minutes before the rod becomes too short to use. The moxa is not easily lit, so it is common to use a torch rather than a simple lighter. Once lit, it burns consistently.
The smokeless moxa pole produces ash at the burning end which tends to stick to the rod. When trying to safely remove the ash from smokeless moxa, the stick should not be tapped against something (e.g., against an ashtray). The tapping, aside from making undesired noise, can crack the charcoal, generating a risk for a piece to fall off and burn the carpet, treatment table, or patient. Instead, the burning end of the moxa stick should be gently rubbed against the top edge and inside of a moxa extinguisher, which will be a quiet operation that dislodges the ash and does not crack the moxa rod.
The moxa extinguisher can be carried in an ashtray, so that the ash is contained. At the end of the moxa session, the moxa stick may be carefully retained while still burning for use with another patient (if it is to be used within minutes) or put out. It is important to check from time to time that all moxa rods are in their proper place so that none are left burning where they can cause damage.

Chinese Medical Herbology and Pharmacology, John K. Chen, Tina T. Chen
Veterinary Herbal Medicine, Susan G. Wynn, Barbara J. Fougere

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Photo of Erik JacksonI’m Erik Jackson, the acupuncturist of Changing Elements.  At my clinic I improve the lives of my clients by reducing their pain and alleviating other health concerns.  Through my treatment many individuals have been able to live their lives with more energy and greater control as a result of their improved health.  I achieve these results by treating the condition, its cause, and by informing my clients how to best manage their health long term while addressing their current maladies.

My approach to care is grounded in both Western anatomy and the meridian system Orient.  As such I am able to treat a wide array of aliments and nutritional deficiencies.

At my office you will receive prompt, individualized care with little to no waiting, as I value your time and respect your schedule.  While the overall duration of care is different for each person, I will provide you with a treatment plan with an estimate for how long your care will last.

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