Dermatology & Acupuncture
Chronic itchiness can be distressing, debilitating, and difficult to treat. Often this condition is the result of other health conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, hepatitis, kidney failure or diabetes . The medical term for itchiness is Pruritus. My special interest in this topic came the hard way through personal experience. Failing to improve despite ample treatment with Western medicine, I finally found relief with acupuncture and Chinese herbs, which propelled me into the study of Chinese Medicine. Drawing on 25 years as a Nurse Practitioner providing Primary Care and specializing in Dermatology for the last 13 years, I have a wealth of professional experience in approaching the treatment of pruritus and skin problems.
I offer Complete Skin Evaluations, including the mapping of moles, and limited small surgical procedures are also available. Tissue samples are evaluated by a Board Certified Dermatopathologist. Removal of larger skin growths or excision will be referred out to recommended dermatologists in the community.
Evalution and Treatments for Rashes and Sun Damaged Skin may include acupuncture, the prescription of herbs, medications, skin biopsies or referral for further medical interventions. Cryotherapy for seborrheic keratoses, actinic keratoses, warts , and skin tags will be available soon.
Musculoskeletal/ Arthritis Pain Relief/ Headaches
Acupuncture treatments release natural painkillers called endorphins into the nervous system. The insertion of sterile fine needles into "trigger points" close to painful areas can often reduce muscle spasms and reduce pain. Low current electrical stimulation attached to the needles or heat applied to the needles often helps relief pain further. Placement of acupuncture needles in areas far away from painful sites, in the ear, or on the opposite side of the body often is very effective.
In Chinese theory digestion is considered the source of all vital energy- Qi . The digestive system is a very sensitive system that requires time, relaxation, and proper environment to work properly. Unfortunately, eating patterns which include eating in hurried situation with stressful schedules improper food choices , overeating, and eating before going to sleep lead to many digestive disorders; These including heartburn, IBS (Irritible Bowel Syndrome), constipation, diarrhea, and ulcerative colitis. Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture has a regulating effect on stomach acid secretion and intestinal motility, offering relief to sufferers of digestive unbalance.
Emotional Health & Stress Reduction
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be used inconjunction with other healing modalities to promote inner balance bringing us back to a clear assessment of our lives. Particular acupuncture protocols are very effective in promoting a broadening of spiritual/mental awareness, and intuitive clarity to work through difficult situations. Many clients have left sessions feeling that nagging mental tensions have been dropped, and personal goals or creativity are more assessible. Difficult addictive habits such as smoking, alcohol, over eating, picking at the skin can be reduced or even stopped with ongoing sessions. Acupuncture is known to stimulate the release of hormones, neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, endorphins which have physical effects in brain function. Back to top
Weight Loss and Eating Disorders
Ms. Searles has worked successfully with many clients to develop weight loss programs that combine behavior modification, nutritional counseling, and exercise programs with safe herbal teas and acupuncture. Commitment to long term goals and behavior changes make serious weight loss possible. Additionally clients who suffer with nervous eating disorders -anorexia, bulemia - often find help from regular acupuncture treatments.
Immunity Building during Chemotherapy or for Autoimmune Conditions
Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture has been used for centuries to increase immunity and vitality. Adequate levels of healthy B and T cells are called to respond to destroy bacteria and viruses effectively. In modern day society our immune systems constantly are challenged by inadequate rest, improper diet, food additives, over stimulation, stress and environmental pollutants. Additionally, those clients who are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation therapies for cancer immune deficiencies, or autoimmune conditions find that acupuncture promotes their vitiality and reduces nausea and body discomfort.
Gynecology - Menopausal Issues - Pregnancy
One of Chinese medicine's greatest strengths is the understanding that the key to woman's health is her menstrual cycle. Specific herbs and precise acupuncture protocols have been developed to address woman's health issues. Issues around infertility, morning sickness, irregular period cycles, painful periods, PMS can be addressed by acupuncture, and chinese herbs. Additionally, perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms associated with changes in hormonal activity can be addressed by traditional herbal formulas, with little or no side effects. Many women find relief of symptoms such as night sweats, hot flashes, mental fog, and vaginal dryness without HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy).
Qi Gong / Home therapies
Qi gong is an energetic practice which combines mental intention with repetition of simple movements. Qi gong promotes self-healing, relaxation, and mental clarity. Particular exercises are prescribed to address particular health problems. Patients are given specific exercises and meditations to do at home to facilitate acupuncture healings.
If you would like to discuss how acupuncture treatment can help your condition, please call me at (503) 943-9842. You can also reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Intake forms for new patients are available on my Contact page.
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