My most valuable and cherished role is being a mom and a wife. My family drives me and continues to be the best of everything in this wonderfully perplexing and ever changing world. They fuel my desire to find the best version of myself each day.
I am a perpetual student with vast interests and limited knowledge. I harbor a deep desire to understand the inner matrix of our beings and to forge connections between body and soul, mind and faith, peace and health.
I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to further my studies and learn the ancient art and science of healing of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has been an enlightening and fascinating experience that has broadened and enriched my life in so many ways. I appreciate so much the ability to share what I have learned with our special community from the convenience and comfort of our home.
My focus is on women’s health and stress management using acupuncture and herbal therapy as well as other Eastern modalities. With G-d's help, I hope to bring relief, peace and guidance where it is lacking and help the body realign and balance its way into a healthier state.
My education includes an undergraduate degree from NYU and a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of arts and science.
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Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on an ancient philosophy that describes the universe, and the body, in terms of two opposing forces: yin and yang. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy. Energy, called "qi” flows along specific pathways, called meridians, throughout the body. This constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang forces balanced. However, if the flow of energy gets blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam, the disruption can lead to pain, lack of function, or illness.
Acupuncture is a 3,000-year-old healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific acupuncture points. The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation may further enhance the effects as can manual massage, moxibustion or heat therapy, cupping, and the application of topical herbal medicines and ointments.
Acupuncture therapy can release blocked “qi” in the body and stimulate function, evoking the body’s natural healing response through various physiological systems. Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, and improve sleep, digestive function, and sense of well-being.
Hundreds of clinical studies on the benefits of acupuncture show that it successfully treats conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, and others) to nausea, migraine headache, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and infertility. In 1997, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) documented and publicized acupuncture’s safety and efficacy for treating a wide range of conditions.
I came to acupuncture almost by accident….
I hadn’t been able to recover properly after undergoing thyroid surgery. I found myself without the energy I needed to perform my daily tasks and frustrated by my inability to get better. At the time, our children were small and my twin boys were a few months old, mischievously crawling around everywhere. It was difficult knowing that I had a huge responsibility to raise and give to our kids when I couldn’t even take care of myself. I could barely find the strength to get out of bed and my efforts were unrewarding. I was unable to find answers through my medical doctors. When someone suggested acupuncture, I was happy to give it a try.
The first time I had acupuncture, I was unsure it would work but quickly surrendered to the possibility that it might. I didn’t have huge expectations but I was curious and hopeful. I remember when the needles were first inserted, my body just sucked them up like it was waiting for them. Over the course of the time that I was left on the table, I felt lots of movement within and I curiously looked at my body center to see if these sensations might be visible. I was shocked to actually see the flow of energy through my body as mountains began to rise and fall along my torso. I was truly amazed at what I was seeing and believed that my body must have been in some serious need of rearranging.
I never again had a reaction quite as intense as that first treatment but over the next few weeks as I continued receiving acupuncture, I slowly returned back to health and actually felt better than ever before. I became interested in how this medicine works and determined to learn more. Ten years later I have finally completed this very long yet fascinating course of study and am eager to share what I have learned with you.