Chinese and Japanese Acupuncture
finding what works for you
Five Element Acupuncture
addresses emotional perspective
Trigger Point Acupuncture Therapy
especially for treating decreased range of motion and for pain relief
Auricular Acupuncture Therapy (ear acupuncture)
for overwork, detox, emotions, and pain
commonly used for (sciatic) nerve pain
Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation
Not commonplace at HPH, but it's been done and it works! Lift your face and handle your health issues at the same time!
Acupuncture Balance Method
From Richard Tan's lineage, gives immediate results!
Moxibustion - This therapy evolved thousands of years ago in China, and was found to have been used on Ötzi, the “Iceman" found in the Italian Alps. It is part of traditional Chinese medical practices and came about at the same time as acupuncture.
Moxibustion involves the burning of moxa, an herbal wool made from the leaves of the mugwort plant, over specific acupoints. The heat produced by moxibustion penetrates deeply into the body to restore balance, promote circulation, and reduce pain. This form of treatment, usually combined with acupuncture, is indicated for improving general health and treating chronic conditions such as arthritis, digestive disorders, infertility, pain, ulcers, and many other ailments. It can also be used alone, commonly in the treatment of children.
Medical Massage and Acupressure - Acupressure is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine which involves the stimulation of acupuncture points with finger pressure using the power and sensitivity of human touch, rather than the insertion of needles. This form of healing is non-invasive and gentle. The indications include the vast array of conditions that Chinese medicine has proven to treat effectively. Because acupressure stimulates the body’s natural self-healing abilities, it also works as a great preventative therapy. Generally, the effects of acupressure are less potent than those of acupuncture, and as a result more treatments are needed to get the same results.
Acupressure is ideal for children. It is gentle, safe, and effective for many conditions, including relief and prevention of colds and flu. Parents can also be taught self-help techniques to use on their child at home.
Acupressure is also suitable for the elderly, who commonly suffer from conditions such as arthritis, mobility problems, constipation, and poor circulation. During pregnancy some acupuncture points are best to be avoided so let Miranda know if you are pregnant.
Acutonics(SM) uses vibrating tuning forks on acupoints, with less pressure than acupressure.
Cupping uses suction cups that lift the skin and underlying tissue. In addition to acupuncture and herbology, cupping therapy has been part of Chinese medicine for over 2,500 years. Originally, animal horn was used for cupping, later on brass, ceramic, and bamboo cups were used. Miranda uses glass cups in a variety of different sizes.
Cupping is like a very deep tissue massage. The practitioner applies heat in a cup and then applies that cup to the body, most commonly on the back. The heat creates a vacuum effect and draws the skin up into the cup. The result is a movement of fresh blood to the area, release of toxins, acupuncture point stimulation, increased circulation of blood and lymph, relaxation of tight muscles, and reduced inflammation.
Cupping does leave noticeable marks similar to bruises or hickeys that are sometimes referred to as “cup kisses”. Although they can look alarming, they are not painful and will disappear on their own within 3-7 days.
Most commonly, cupping is used for aches and pains of various types including low back and leg pain, neck and shoulder tension, and fibromyalgia. It also helps open up the chest and benefits the lungs to treat respiratory problems such as cough, bronchitis, asthma, and the like. It can even benefit menstrual problems and digestive problems including stomach aches, vomiting, and diarrhea.
TDP Lamp therapy - TDP is an acronym for "Teding Diancibo Pu" which loosely translated means special electromagnetic spectrum. The premise of the lamp is that the far infrared (below visible light) emissions increase microcirculation and loosen fascia to accelerate the natural healing processes of the body.
The TDP mineral lamp was invented in China in 1978.
The story told about the discovery of TDP mineral lamp therapy begins in a black clay factory in rural China, where in spite of a work environment where workers were exposed to extremes of cold, wet, and heat, they had a very low incidence of illness. Upon further investigation, the differentiating factor was determined to be the beneficial far-infrared radiation from the hot clay. Analysis of the clay and later experimentation led to the development of the medical device now known as the TDP mineral lamp.
Auricular (ear) therapy - Auricular seeds for acupressure are most often used for addiction, smoking cessation, and weight loss. It involves the stimulation of the acupoints located on the ear with tiny seeds or pellets. The seeds do not pierce the skin and are painless when affixed. The client will leave these seeds in for up to one week and re-stimulate the points by massaging the ear several times each day.
There are over 200 acupoints on each ear that represent the anatomical parts and functions of the human body. These points are arranged on the ear in the image of an inverted fetus. By observing points of tenderness, coloration changes, protrusions or depressions, and skin variations, a trained practitioner can not only treat a wide range of diseases using only the ear, but can diagnose them as well. When we stimulate these points we access the central nervous system through the cranial nerves on the auricle of the ear. This sends a direct message to the brain that results in a rapid healing response.
Today, the World Health Organization officially recognizes Acupuncture and traditional Oriental medicine as an effective source of treatments for disease and for the promotion of “health.” The WHO now formally identifies over 200 commonly encountered clinical disorders as treatable through Chinese medicine. Among these are:
menstrual problems, infertility, PMS, menopause, pregnancy support
common cold, sinusitis, asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sore throat, smoking cessation
Bones, Muscles, Joints and Nervous System
arthritis, neuralgia, joint pains, migraine headaches, insomnia, dizziness, low back, neck and shoulder pain, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, repetitive use injuries
hypertension, hypotension, angina, arteriosclerosis, anemia, headaches
skin problems, rashes, psoriasis, shingles, eye problems, and more.
Emotional and Psychological
addictions, depression, anxiety, stress
food allergies, peptic ulcer, constipation, chronic diarrhea, indigestion, anorexia
stress incontinence, urinary tract infections, reproduction dysfunction, sterility (male)
The West has recently recognized that human beings are complex bio-electrical systems. This understanding has been the foundation of acupuncture for thousands of years. According to Chinese medical philosophy, energy circulates throughout the body along certain pathways. Specific points on these pathways allow access to various body structures and systems.
Acupuncture uses very fine sterile needles – to relax muscles via the channels, in the head, the neck, the shoulder and beyond.
Pain and illness are caused by an imbalance or blockage of energy. Stimulating the acupuncture points enhances the blood circulation and the circulation of energy, improving the health of the entire person. Acupuncture also releases tension in the muscles and connective tissue, making it particularly effective for pain management and the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders.
Acupuncture is usually painless, especially when using very gentle Japanese techniques. Tiny needles the width of a thick hair are inserted at specific points on the body. State and federal agencies have established strict procedures for acupuncture treatment; the needles used are sterile and are disposed of after each use.
Acupuncture has been shown to release endorphins and many people experience a deep sense of relaxation during and after the treatment. Treatments last 30-60 minutes and are usually prescribed weekly or biweekly. Depending on the severity of the problem, you can expect to notice improvement in your health within 1 to 10 treatments.
Cupping - to relax tight muscles, stop asthma and allergies, or fight a cold. - Miranda Taylor, L.Ac, M.TCM
Chinese Medicine is a complete medicine within itself. It can address most issues or conditions, including the side effects of western medicines.
Acupuncture/acupressure adds no chemicals to the body and works quickly. Properly prescribed Chinese herbal formulas have no side effects and are very effective for chronic conditions.
Cupping relaxes tight muscles, stop asthma and allergies, or fight a cold.
According to Chinese medical theory, specific mechanisms account for each and every symptom that people experience. This includes, not just pain, but actual medical disorders, such as disorders of the nervous system, the lungs, the digestive system, the heart and cardiovascular system, the liver, the male and female reproductive systems and the urinary tract. It includes one’s sense of energy levels, such as feelings of weakness and fatigue. The Chinese have even identified the physical mechanisms behind emotions, such as feelings of sadness, depression, irritability and more. Thus, Chinese medical treatments work to address these symptoms by adjusting the underlying bodily mechanisms. These treatments include any combination of acupuncture, acupressure, tuina-massage and herbal medicine. The treatments do not merely suppress symptoms, but rebalance the entire body’s biological mechanisms. The result is the potential for vibrant good health.
For example, Qi Gong, a Chinese meditational art as well as a light-touch hands-on healing method, works on the body’s fascia—the network of body tissue that hold muscles, organs, vessels and bones in place—to encourage movement and flow of nutrients to areas where restrictions have led to imbalances and symptoms like pain. I merge Qi Gong with training in gentle Craniosacral Therapy to accelerate healing at many levels.
I will take the time to cater therapies to you, treating your “whole person,” and bringing balance to your body and your life. You will usually experience a remarkable feeling of wellbeing after acupuncture, even after the first treatment.
How can I trust a medical approach so different from Western medicine? Acupuncture and Chinese herbs seek to rebalance your natural hormones without introducing synthetic chemicals to your body.
Although the fundamental concepts of traditional Chinese medicine appear unscientific, they have proven their value in professional clinical practice over thousands of years. Your body can heal. For example, doctors of Western medicine may describe a symptom in terms of too many or too few hormones, which they deem to be out of your or even their control. They then prescribe chemical hormones substitutes which try to mimic the effect of certain natural hormones or block the effect of others. In contrast, Acupuncture and Chinese herbs seek to rebalance your natural hormones without introducing synthetic chemicals to your body. They are, in fact, very effective in doing this. Thus, they enhance all of your body’s self-healing and self-regulating capabilities.
Chinese medicine is an effective and safe treatment, as well as a complement to other therapies. Many different treatments may exist for your condition. I encourage you to explore beyond the Western limitations and try Chinese medicine.
TREATABLE SYMPTOMS AND DISORDERS
Diagnosing from a different perspective than that of Western medicine results in a completely different treatment plan with positively unexpected results!
Photo: Miranda uses warming techniques to relax tight muscles and combat cold symptoms.
Acupuncture seeks to restore balance to the internal energy systems of the body. It helps with blood and fluids circulation in the body. These fluids bring the nutrients the body needs to "fix itself." Acupuncture also helps improve the functioning of the nervous system. The nervous system coordinates healing in the body. Patients experience benefits when using acupuncture for weight loss, back pain, even acupuncture for depression.
Like tuning up your car for better performance, Miranda tunes up your body for better health. The treatment has worked on a wide variety of illnesses and health conditions over thousands of years, and it is still one of the most effective therapies for
PAIN RELIEF (Arthritis, Back Pain, Bursitis, Facial Palsy (Bell’s), Headaches, Hemorrhoids, Intercostal Neuralgia, Joint Pain, Meniere’s Disease, Migraine, Musculoskeletal Disorders, Neck Pain, Neurological Disorders, Pain Relief, Paralysis, Peripheral Neuropathy, Sciatica, Shoulder Pain, Sports Injuries, Stroke, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ), Tendonitis, Tennis Elbow, Trigeminal Neuralgia), but also instrumental in
WOMEN'S HEALTH (Amenorrhea, Excessive Bleeding, Fibromyalgia, Infertility, Menopause, Menstrual Cramps, Menstrual Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), pregnancy achievement),
EMOTIONAL HEALTH (Addiction, Anxiety, ADD or Depression),
DERMATOLOGY (Acne, Allergic Reactions, Dermatitis, Skin Problems, Dry Skin, Eczema, Itching, Psoriasis, Rashes), GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS (Acid Reflux, Colitis, Esophageal Spasm, Gastritis, Hiccough (Hiccup), Hyperactivity, Irritable Bowel Syndrome - IBS), RESPIRATORY AND IMMUNE SYSTEM (Allergies, Asthma, Bronchitis, Common Cold, Influenza, Pneumonia, Rhinitis, Sinusitis, Tonsilitis),
CARDIOVASCULAR (Anemia, Dizziness, High Blood Pressure, Hypertension, Irregular Heartbeat, Low Blood Pressure, Palpitations, Vertigo, and
OTHER CONDITIONS (Cancer, Chronic Fatigue, Cystitis, Hepatitis, Incontinence, Liver Disease)
Licensed with a busy practice in Washington State since 2003.
Miranda has successfully treated many conditions in her 13 years in private acupuncture practice. From allergies to zoster (shingles), she has helped "difficult" problems improve. What is hard for others is often easy for Miranda.
"I can tell you the body is an electrical system that can be prompted to heal with the equivalent of circuit breakers!"
- Miranda Taylor