Dakini Acupuncture's intention is to provide comprehensive acupuncture treatment and herbal therapy to those who desire greater well-being in terms of physical, psychological and spiritual health. It is also a community resource, educating about the benefits of maintenance and preventative healthcare. Patient care is gentle and compassionate and tailored to meet an individual's current needs.
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete system of healing that has evolved over centuries in the East and is developing a valuable position in present-day healthcare environments. Acupuncture, being one of its most integral modalities, has benefited patients for over 2,500 years. It balances a person’s qi (energy flow) through the insertion of ultra-fine needles into specific points located on the body’s meridians (energy pathways). Illness and injury are perceived as disruptions in these natural flows, which govern the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of one’s life. Acupuncture restores the balance and stimulates the body’s innate healing system, bringing relief from pain and other symptoms. In addition, herbal medicine may be utilized to facilitate the healing process.
Acupuncture utilizes the insertion of tiny needles along the body's energy pathways to restore natural balance and improve health. Research shows that acupuncture can help relieve a wide range of physical and psychological conditions. It can increase the body’s ability to release its own natural painkillers; endorphins and serotonin. A course of treatment benefits many ailments including musculoskeletal pain, migraine headaches, stress, anxiety, depression, sleep issues, allergies, skin conditions and asthma. Reduced stress and increased overall energy are noticeable, positive side effects of any acupuncture session.
Herbs can be an integral part of a course of treatment. While the acupuncture balances a person’s energy body, herbal formulas can be used to nourish and support the physical body and help a person maintain results in between sessions. Formulas can be custom-made to target a person’s specific constitution and present set of symptoms. Raw herbs can be prepared as a tea or administered in the form of capsules or tablets for convenience. Unlike pharmaceuticals composed of synthetic, isolated active ingredients, herbs are utilized in their whole form. It is through the absorption of this full spectrum of biochemical constituents that the body maximizes the substance’s potency and ability to bring about shifts aligned with natural metabolic processes. Their safety and efficacy has been proven by thousand of years of use by trained practitioners.
Suction created using small glass cups may be used to simulate a deep tissue massage. By oxygenating the tissue and pulling muscle off bone, cupping brings new blood and energy to an area. This helps to open the channels, relieve the muscles and release pathogenic factors. Traditional glass fire cups are used in this gentle and powerful circulating therapy.
Acupuncture in Nepal
ABOUT YOUR PRACTITIONER
PAIGE HETHERINGTON, L.AC.
LICENSED ACUPUNCTURIST AND HERBALIST
Paige Hetherington, L.Ac. graduated with honors from Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica, CA. She is also a National Board Certified Diplomate of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. After completing her undergraduate studies at Cornell University, she received grants to document plants used by traditional healers in the tropical forests of Central America and the Caribbean. After these experiences, she felt compelled to further her knowledge of natural healing. Before starting acupuncture school, she trained as an Ashtanga Yoga instructor and combined the knowledge of eastern meditative practices with alternative medicine. Specialized training icludes Tibetan Buddhist healing ceremonies in the tradition of Machig Labdron and Hospice/end-of-life care. Paige draws upon over 15 years of experience as a practitioner to provide her supremely balancing treatments.
WHY DAKINI ACUPUNCTURE?
A dakini is a Tibetan meditational deity which represents the female embodiment of spiritual energy. She is a messenger of healing and wisdom. Acupuncture is a form of healing which addresses physical and emotional illnesses by balancing the body's meridians. Meridians are channels that conduct source energy. When there are disruptions in these energy flows, the body cannot heal itself. The resulting disease and discomfort needs to be addressed at the level of qi to restore balance on all levels. Dakini Acupuncture provides this subtle and powerful holistic medicine. All who come are treated with gentleness and compassion and supported in living a thriving and balanced lifestyle.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What conditions does acupuncture treat?
The following conditions are commonly recognized as being treatable with Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture:
Respiratory: Asthma, Bronchitis, Common cold, Sore throat, Sinusitis
How long does a treatment take?
A typical treatment takes about an hour. The acupuncturist will do a brief intake of your present symptoms and will determine a treatment plan accordingly. The initial visit may take a little longer, closer to one and a half hours from start to finish.
How many treatments will I need?
Most cases require between five and fifteen sessions depending on the severity and chronicity of the problem. Initially, treatments may be closer together and then more spaced out for maintenance of beneficial results. Some people like to receive acupuncture weekly to continue improving their health, reducing stress, and preventing future health issues.
How do I prepare?
It is best to wear loose, comfortable clothing, however if this is not possible, a gown/drape is provided. It is also advised to eat within one half to two hours before a session and not come with an empty stomach.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are very thin, about the thickness of a human hair. Patients tend to feel little to no discomfort upon insertion of the needles. When a person's energy arrives at the acupuncture point, a slight distension or swelling maybe felt. Needles are usually left in for 15-30 minutes where most people feel very relaxed and comfortable.
What can I do after a treatment?
It is important to drink plenty of water and give yourself time to let the benefits "sink in”. It is best to avoid the use of ice or extreme heat such as a hot bath or sauna.
Are home visits possible?
Yes, treatment is conveniently performed in the privacy and comfort of your home, office or hotel. Home visits are also available for those who are severely debilitated and unable to come to the acupuncture office. Please call (310) 428-4642 for more information.