We understand that you are not living your best life possible unless your mind and body are completely healthy. That's why we take a holistic approach to preventing and reversing disease.
Our goal is to provide alternative medical care that will reverse and prevent disease using the fundamental healing principles of mind-body medicine. Our results prove the best way to heal the natural body is naturally without pharmaceuticals.
We care about your well being and will provide you with guidance, knowledge, and tools needed to be healthy. We are here to help you achieve optimal wellness.
What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is the insertions of extremely thin filiform needles into various points on the body for the purpose of health improvement. The practice originated in China approximately 3500 years ago but has started to become well known in the US and Europe only in the last several decades. Nearly 1 in 10 adults in the US have tried it at this point. Acupuncture’s mechanism is widely speculated about, but we do know that it works based off of many empirical clinical studies. How it works is another thing. Traditionally it is said that the acupuncture needles balance the body’s Qi, or energy. What is Qi? Well, if it’s energy then it could be many things. It could be some sort of natural , probably electromagnetic, energy flow in the body- which is known to exist scientifically. The word Qi could also just simply refer to blood flow, immune response, nervous system response, reflex response, or local tissue response. These are all different kinds of energy as well. Still, whatever the ultimate reason is found to be, we don’t have to wait 100 years until its discovered. We can just get treated today and experience its seemingly miraculous results.
Does it hurt? No. Mostly patients just experience relaxation and a sense of energy or blood flow in the body, along with improvement of symptoms.
Is acupuncture safe? Yes. It is drug and side-effect free, with an extremely good safety record.
Can I do acupuncture alongside my regular medical treatments? Yes, there is never a conflict. Acupuncture uses the body’s own internal resources to repair itself. In fact, acupuncture supports other medical approaches. You can continue your regular medications.
Can acupuncture be used for traumatic, acute, or sports related injuries? Yes. It is excellent for these situations and can speed up healing and ease pain.
How many treatments will it take? This varies greatly depending on the situation. Some conditions improve immediately, while some take longer..
My work is an interweaving of Depth Psychology, Somatic Experiencing and at times NeuroAffective touch. Depth Psychology is a psychotherapeutic practice modality that uses the relationship as a container, to become aware of unconscious elements affecting behavior, influencing emotions, and impacting relationships. This way of practicing is influenced by the work of Carl Jung who worked not only with the personal unconscious, but also with the Collective Unconscious, to understand a person's complexes that while problematic, contain a seed towards greater wholeness.
Somatic Experiencing is a modality, developed by Peter Levine. It directs attention to bodily experience, much of it subtle, such as changes in breathing, heart rate, tension, heat, pulsing and tingling sensations. The body and its sensations have been marginalized historically in the evolution of consciousness. But this focus in more recent times, has been found to be valuable in working with traumatic experience. It is science-based and incorporates an understanding of the Autonomic Nervous System. It works with supporting and teaching self-regulation, as well as supporting healthy defense responses so that a person feels greater safety, with less need for reactivity. It is supportive of patients who have little awareness of their emotions or tolerance of them.
With this somatic approach, I will also include where clinically appropriate, discussed prior and consented to, the additional modality of NeuroAffective Touch. It was developed by Aline LaPierre, and is informed by the science-based work of both Alan Shore, on early infant attachment and the influence on the developing nervous system; as well as the work of Stephen Porges, on his Polyvagal understanding of the Autonomic Nervous System. NeuroAffective Touch incorporates relational touch in working with healing early developmental deficits and promoting regulation.
My way of working is an interweaving of these modalities, tailored individually to a person's needs. It helps to weave together their narrative, embodied experience, images that emerge in this process, to develop a sense of wholeness and meaning in their lives. Please see Dr. Celeste Ryan under About the Practitioners.
Neurofeedback directly trains brain function, helping the brain to function more efficiently. We constantly observe the brain and show that information back to the person, and reward the brain for changing its own activity to more appropriate patterns. This is a gradual retraining process, and it applies to any aspect of brain function that we can measure. Neurofeedback is also called EEG Biofeedback, because it is based on electrical brain activity, the electroencephalogram, or EEG. Neurofeedback retrainins self-regulation. It is simply biofeedback applied to the brain directly. Self-regulation is a necessary part of good brain function and it allows the system (the central nervous system) to function more smoothly.
Neurofeedback addresses problems of dysregulated brains. The ways this happen are numerous and may include the anxiety-depression spectrum, attention deficits, behavior disorders, various sleep disorders, headaches and migraines, PMS and emotional disturbances. It is also useful for organic brain conditions such as seizures, the autism spectrum, and cerebral palsy.
Ayurveda & Herbal Medicine
There are many approaches to herbal medicine and nutrition, and some of the best approaches are practiced here at Leimert Wellness. Our acupuncturists are trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as in the modern science-based approach known as Functional Medicine. Our Ayurveda pracitioner is trained and certified in the ancient Indian art of Ayurveda.
Herbalism is designed to use herbs to treat the underlying causes of disease in a client. Instead of looking at the signs and symptoms and then treating the disease, herbalists look at the whole picture, from lifestyle to physical stressor, in order to prescribe the right treatment.
Once the cause of a condition is discovered, the herb is prescribed to restore the body's natural balance. Herbalism is understanding how different herbs work with the body to restore balance and health.
Herbs are also used in many traditions as a preventative action to boost immune function and promote general wellbeing before any disease occurs.
While many pharmaceutical companies use the active ingredients found in herbs in their products, herbalists believe in something called "herbal synergy," which means that in order for the herb to be as safe and effective as possible, it is important to use the whole plant instead of extracting only the active ingredients. For instance, meadowsweet contains salicylic acid, which is the active ingredient in aspirin. While aspirin alone often causes issues in people who have sensitive stomachs, meadowsweet also contains tannin and mucilage, which work to protect the stomach from the salicylic acid.