The emphasis of my practice at Spring Wind Acupuncture, LLC is on acupuncture / Chinese medicine with a focus on the relationship between psychological and physical health. From this perspective, I work with people with a wide range of health conditions, including chronic and recurrent pain, emotional and mental health concerns, women’s and men’s health, metabolic and stress-related issues, autoimmune and degenerative disorders, and mind-body health concerns of all kinds.
I offer acupuncture and other elements of classical Chinese medicine, including Chinese herbal medicine, nutritional counseling, cupping and liniment therapy, moxbustion, tui na, and gemstone medicine. I also incorporate meditation / mindfulness, medical qigong, and other contemplative, intuitive, and energetic methods from the Buddhist and Daoist traditions that are at the root of Chinese medicine.
Root & Branch
Central to Chinese medicine is the image of root and branch—that is, the idea that physical and emotional suffering have an origin (root) and manifestation (branch). Whether working with acupuncture, herbal medicine, or other traditional methods, understanding the relationship between root and branch is essential to the healing process.
Simply put, the concept of root and branch describes the way in which our histories, our environments, and all of our experiences impact us in the deepest layers of body and psyche, and can later emerge as a wide variety of symptoms. Sometimes the link between root and branch is relatively straightforward; other times, especially when dealing with chronic and recurrent conditions, it can be quite subtle, involving both physical and emotional trauma and a number of other factors: constitutional and environmental, personal and intergenerational, psychological and spiritual.
In working with the complex dynamics of root and branch, Chinese medicine brings to bear many centuries of experience in the form of a flexible, effective methodology, a rich textual history, a venerable lineage of apprenticeship and oral transmission, and an honoring of the contemplative, energetic, and intuitive practices at the heart of healing.
The Psyche in Chinese Medicine
In addition to being an effective form of treatment for physical ailments, Chinese medicine can address a wide range of psychological and emotional concerns, and has the capacity to facilitate change in people’s lives–to shift places in which we feel stuck, limited, or off-course in work, in relationships, in body, in spiritual practice, and in all areas of our experience.
As both an acupuncturist and a psychologist, I have a strong affinity for this psychological and transformative aspect of the classical tradition of Chinese medicine, as well as for working with people on a variety of mind-body and complex health concerns, including the residual effects of trauma and intergenerational trauma.