Tamara Berisha, M.S., L.Ac., LMT  - Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Massage Therapy, Nutrition
The Way To Acupuncture
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
Lao Tzu-
Classical Chinese Medicine is a Complete Medical System:
The eight pillars of Chinese Medicine are: Philosophy, Diet/Food, Acupuncture and Moxa, Herbs, Massage/Tui Na, Qi-Gong, Meditation and Zheng Gu. Other tools used are cupping (suction), gua sha (scraping) and electrical stimulation to acupuncture points.
Acupuncture and Moxa
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points that have been empirically proven effective in the treatment of specific disorders. It is rapidly taking it’s legitimate place as a valuable therapeutic technique in contemporary health care. I use sterilized packaged disposable needles.The amount of treatments needed depends on the duration, severity, and nature of each individual's complaint. Many acute conditions may only require a single treatment, whereas some degenerative conditions may require multiple treatments.
Chinese herbal medicine prescribes natural herbs based on a complex science of physiology and pathology. Each herb prescription has a specific interaction with the body. Herbs can be prescribed in conjunction with acupuncture but are not a necessary tool when using Classical Chinese Acupuncture. Essential Oils An essential oil is a concentrated, liquid containing aroma and other medicinal compounds from plants. An oil is "essential" in the sense that it carries a distinctive scent, or essence, of the plant. Essential oils have been used medicinally at different periods in history. Medical applications range from skin treatments to remedies for cancer, and are often based on historical use of these oils. Oils are diluted in a carrier oil and used topically, internally and diffused in the air by a nebulizer or by heating over a candle flame. Using essential oils as a supplemental therapy with acupuncture has proven to be effective.
Massage Therapy
Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage)
Medical Massage using Deep Tissue, Myofascial and Trigger Point Release
Pregnancy Massage (Pre and Post Natal)
Diet and Food Therapy
The Chinese view digestion like a pot of soup constantly simmering on the stove at low heat. When we eat, we are adding ingredients to that pot of soup, and the quality of those ingredients greatly affects our health, and ultimately, how we look. For example, if we add very cold things like iced drinks or ice cream to that pot, it takes a lot of energy to bring it back to a temperature where it is simmering again. The same is true of a lot of raw fruits and vegetables. It uses up energy to digest those foods. However, if they are cooked lightly, those same foods are much easier to digest. That’s why the Chinese rarely eat or drink cold or raw foods.
Some guidelines for diet and digestion:
-Avoid iced drinks, ice cream, and too many raw fruits and vegetables.
-If you need to improve your digestion, turn to soups and stews, as they are the most easily digested way to get the nutrients you need.
-Avoid drinking too much alcohol, as it is dehydrating.
-Very spicy foods are difficult to digest, and eating them too frequently can damage your digestion.
-Eat foods that are rich in antioxidants, especially the colorful vegetables, and leafy greens.
-Dietary therapy is included in all acupuncture sessions. Specific recommendations based on the principles of Chinese Medicine and your individual needs are discussed.
Qi Gong and Meditation
Qi gong form is a specific mental and/or physical exercise or coordination of a series of exercises all prescribed to train, develop and condition the mind and body for the purpose of health, healing, longevity, and opening wisdom. Qi gong practices have been prevalent in China for 2000-3000 years. The term qigong in the sense that we are using it, the practice of cultivating and refining qi, is a relatively new usage. In ancient China, these exercises were commonly called “dao-yin” (leading and guiding the energy”).
The grandfather of Chinese Taoist philosophy, Lao Tzu, describes dao-yin practice in his Dao De Jing (or Tao Teh Ching) written in the third and fourth centuries B.C. The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine recommended dao-yin exercises in the first and second century B.C. to cure colds and fevers, to attain tranquility, and to cultivate vital energy. A folded piece of silk from the second century B.C., called the Dao-yin Tu, shows four rows of painted figures representing “all major categories of modern qigong: breathing, stances, movement, and self-massage from standing, seated, and supine positions.
Postural Analysis and Education
Posture analysis is the process of looking at the body and determining where it is, and educating you on where it should be. The body has an ideal position or posture. Humans are born with the body being balanced on both sides. As children we watch our parents and learn how to sit and move. We create postural habits that strengthen or overuse some muscles and leave the rest to get weak.  If the muscular system is out of balance the results will show through posture and pain patterns in the body.
From a Classical Chinese Medicine perspective the energy that supports posture is found in the Sinew Meridians. There meridians express our moods and feeling through the physical body. Most of us adopt posture unconsciously, unaware of what we are conveying. Chinese Medicine says when we express feelings outwardly, we are activating the yang Sinew Meridians, when we suppress our feelings, we are using the yin Sinew Meridians.
I offer a unique program designed to treat musculoskeletal pain without drugs or surgery. It is a process which involves a series of stretches and gentle exercises designed specifically for each client. This process strengthens specific muscles and brings the body back to its proper alignment and functioning the way it was designed. All sessions are combined with Acupuncture and Massage Therapy to address the Sinew Meridians, loosen tight muscles and reactivate muscles that have become weakened.
Cosmetic Acupuncture
The effects of cosmetic acupuncture can vary, but may include a more even, glowing complexion, a decrease in fine lines and softening of wrinkles, diminished puffiness around the eyes, and a general lifting of the face, including jowls. In fact, in a 1996 study reported by the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture, 90% of the 300 participants reported improvements, such as better complexion, diminished lines and wrinkles, and feeling rejuvenated overall. In addition, many people report other health benefits from cosmetic acupuncture, such as improved digestion, decreased stress, less menstrual discomfort, fewer hot flashes, decreased acne breakouts, and less TMJ symptoms, such as teeth grinding. Diet and digestion are one of the most important, and most frequently overlooked components of skincare. According to Chinese Medicine, what you eat nourishes the face, and without adequate nutrients and good digestion, your skin can’t look its best.The link between digestion and our appearance is almost direct. Energy and blood, which is brought up to the face during cosmetic acupuncture, is produced by the food we eat. If our diet or digestion is poor, then there is not as much energy and blood to work with. Cosmetic Acupuncture treats skin care from the inside out.
There is no need to run outside 
For better seeing,
Nor to peer from a window. Rather abide
At the center of your being….
Search your heart and see….
The way to do is to be.
-Lao Tzu
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