Holistic Acupuncture

Health Discovery is dedicated to a lifelong exploration into the depths and power of acupuncture and other healing techniques from ancient medicine and modern science. The cross-section of knowledge and intuition is where we have found the best results with Chinese medicine.

During our graduate studies, we learned about Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, at Bastyr University. Afterwards, we have taken countless continuing education classes. We have explored 5 Element Acupuncture with Lonny Jarrett, The Balance Method, with Dr. Richard Tan, fertility courses from the Jade Institute, and Facial Acupuncture with both Mary Elizabeth Wakefield and Dr. Martha Lucas. Auricular acupuncture, post-stroke treatments, migraine specific therapies, craniosacral therapy, meditation and recently, yoga theory and practice.

The uniqueness of our clinic lies in our intuitive and effective blend of these various styles. The body is so amazing once you learn to tap into the energetic patterns it holds!

Chinese medicine addresses the body in a holistic way. All systems in your body are playing a role in how you feel in your body. We work with you on a mind-body-spirit level to address your health and goals from all these levels.

When we say holistic or mind-body-spirit connection, what does that mean?

Your physical body is not separate from your emotional state and any other part of your being. Your thoughts, stresses, lifestyle, feelings and emotions affect your physical body and vice versa. This is very apparent at times of heightened stress, heartache, grief, or anxiety. For example, you may experience a pain in the pit of your stomach or throat. You may feel a headache or neck tension. Everyone holds and processes their stresses in different ways based on their uniqueness. Have you ever said that someone/something is a pain in your neck because you actually feel more tension when in a given situation? That is the physical body responding to your emotional state.

Chinese medicine even takes it further by addressing the connection of the emotions to the organs. Your emotions are not only a result of chemicals floating around in the brain and blood. This is physically happening, of course, but it is not the full story.

Chinese medicine identifies that there are 12 energetic channels of “qi” or vital energy, flowing through your body. Each channel effects 3 things: 1. an anatomical region, like your limbs, 2. an organ function, like your spleen/stomach, 3. an emotion, like anger or worry.

There is a saying in Chinese medicine: “Wherever there is pain, there is stagnation.” Physical pain is commonly more obvious and acupuncture can be a very effective treatment for body pain. The extra benefit is that while we are treating the physical pain, we are also supporting your organ systems and emotional processing!

We honor the full spectrum of healthcare options because each has an important role. The trick is to know when and where to go with each ailment or concern. One of our professors at Bastyr University said it best. “You need to fit the treatment to the disease”. Acupuncture is truly amazing.

Traditional Chinese Medicine offers solutions to many problems faced by men and women with hormone imbalance. From bloating and fertility (for both sexes), to skin breakouts, mood changes, pain, depression, and sleep issues – Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can help. Let our experienced acupuncturists lead you to a balanced and healthy body naturally, with a uniquely tailored series of treatments.

  • Fertility issues
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Irregular menses
  • Bloating and cramping (especially during menses)
  • Mood swings or Depression
  • Acne or other skin issues
  • Diabetes
  • Low libido
  • Mood swing
  • Headache
  • Sleep issues
  • Digestive problems
  • Memory fog
  • Weight gain

Observation of the tongue is very useful in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Your tongue is another microsystem that represents the state of your whole body, so we look at the size, shape, color and coating to diagnose possible imbalances throughout your body.

The state of your tongue can change frequently. When you get a cold, the coating on your tongue may thicken. Eating a large, rich meal with several glasses of alcohol may also contribute to an increased coating on your tongue or even change the color. Menopausal women experiencing night sweats and hot flashes may display tongues that are dark red with a dry coating or cracks in the surface, whereas during their menstruating life, their tongue may have been pale colored. Observing these differences is vital to your overall diagnosis.

The qi flow throughout the body is connected. One way to assess the strength or vitality of each qi channel and its corresponding organ system is pulse palpation. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), there are 12 different pulse positions on the ulnar side of the wrists. Six of the channels can be assessed on the right hand, while the other six reside on the left. On each side, there are three positions and at least two depths. This is a prime example of how we use the holographic nature of the qi flow to understand the body.

By placing three fingers along the ulnar edge of your wrist and feeling the movement of the pulse at different depths, we can assess various health qualities. Acupuncturists will feel for relative speed, depth, strength and texture qualities that contribute to the diagnosis of your overall state of health. This information is incorporated into the TCM diagnosis and used to assess improvement with treatment.

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