Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine incorporates several techniques for improving your health including; acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, moxabustion, cupping nutrition, diet counselling & supplements.
Jen also utilizes functional medicine testing where needed including food sensitivity testing, hormone testing, gastrointestinal testing and organic acids testing.
The insertion of fine, sterile, single use needles into the body at certain acupuncture points
- Electro Acupuncture
- small electrodes are attached to certain needles to give a gentle stimulation
- very effective for lazy ovulation & chronic body pain
- Scalp Acupuncture
- super fine needles are inserted horizontally along certain scalp lines
- very effective for brain or spinal cord issues, Parkinson’s, mental emotional balance
- Ear Acupuncture
- in Chinese Medicine, the entire body is reflected in the ear
- certain points represent specific areas of the body
- very useful for stress, reducing addiction and fertility
- Facial Acupuncture
- improve complexion, tighten skin, reduce lines and wrinkles
- facial rejuvenation acupuncture uses the finest needles to deliver a facelift without surgery
- also beneficial for skin acne, increased hair growth on face and scar reduction
- Quit/Reduce Smoking
- certain ear and body points are chosen to reduce cravings and help you quit smoking
Jen carries a wide variety of chinese herbs to support you. She choose only GMP (good manufacturing practices) quality herbs to assure excellent quality and content. She can prescribe from a wide range of pre-combined formulas or custom blend for you, your constitution or your health issue.
Her most popular formulas include her “Sleep Formula”, Yin Chiao for colds that start with a sore throat and her custom and pre-made formulas for the different phases of the period cycle to enhance fertility. Jen has a strong passion and deep respect for the AMAZING Chinese Herbal pharmacy.
Skilled and experienced in acupressure massage, Jen adds this to many treatments or does massage alone to address your health concern. Her 11 years experience assist with identifying tight areas and assisting with muscle release and relaxation.
The burning of the chinese herb Artemesia vulgaris “Mugwort” about 5-10 centimetres above the surface of the skin is very useful for warming cool bodies and increases yang energy in the body.
Moxabustion is also very useful for digestive issues with cold symptoms, lumps in the skin, joint injuries and turning breech position babies.
Cupping is the use of heated glass or suction plastic cups on the surface of the skin to increase blood circulation to stimulate the flow of energy. Cupping is like a reverse massage where the suction pulls skin, tissue and muscle upwards. The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation, remove heat and reduce pain in the body.
Very effective for relieving neck, shoulder and back tension. Also very useful in common colds and flus for reducing cough and congestion, allergies, red, itchy skin conditions and poor circulation.
Nutrition, Diet Counseling & Supplements
With decreasing quality in commercial food production and increased use of antibiotics in meats, Jen finds proper diet & nutrition counseling essential and use of person specific supplements beneficial.
While Jen believes from experience that everyone should take an excellent quality multivitamin, fish oils and probiotics, there are other nutrients that may benefit you and your symptoms and she will guide you towards the ones she thinks are essential.
Jen prefers Sun Ten, Golden Flower, Thorne, Cytomatrix, NFH, Genestra and Nordic Natural supplements as they are superior quality to many other supplements available. She also has some products custom compounded from Bema Botanicals and Signature Supplements.
Food Sensitivity Testing
Food sensitivity testing give you information about which foods could be causing immune reactions in your body. Sensitive foods are different than food allergies such as peanuts or shellfish in that the reactions are generally milder and slower to show effects.
Symptoms seen often include joint or muscle pain, chronic low back pain, bedwetting, recurrent bladder or upper respiratory infections, chronic headaches, fatigue, hives, eczema, psoriasis, canker sores, ulcerative colitis, gallbladder attacks, heartburn and indigestion.
Jen has seen so many people with stubborn skin conditions finally get quick improvement with identification and elimination of sensitive foods that she now recommends them for all skin condition patients.
- Preventing and correcting digestive complaints
- Providing a variety of healthy foods for diversity and balance of needed nutrients
- Unmasks hidden food allergies
- Allows the immune system to repair itself by minimizing adverse food reactions and preventing cumulative effects
Jen highly recommends hormone testing for women with no periods (amenorrhea), fertility challenges that don’t shift quickly with acupuncture and chinese herbs, menopausal women and men with erectile or sexual function challenges.
It is amazing that we can now test hormone over a day or month through saliva or urine and know exactly what levels are in the tissues. This is often more accurate than blood levels.
Once the levels are seen, we can provide a treatment protocol to reduce excess hormones and increase ones that are low to bring the body back into balance.
Certain digestive or bowel issues benefit from GI testing combing saliva and stool samples to reveal bacteria, parasites or other imbalances that may be affecting proper digestive function.
Organic Acids Testing (OAT)
Offers a comprehensive metabolic snapshot of a client’s overall health with 70 markers. After treatment, clients report significant improvement including increased energy, regular bowel function, increased alertness , mental clarity and concentration, improved verbal skills, less hyperactivity, decreased abdominal pain.
- Intestinal Yeast & Bacteria
- Vitamin and Mineral Markers
- Oxidative Stress
- Neurotransmitter Levels
One of the key benefits to the OAT is that is provides an accurate evaluation of intestinal yeast and bacteria. Abnormally high levels of these microorganisms can cause or worsen behavior disorders, hyperactivity, movement disorders, fatigue and immune function.