Using a combination of manual therapy, acupuncture, and Chinese Herbal Medicine, I treat musculoskeletal injuries and a variety of other health concerns like insomnia, anxiety, PMS, rosacea, digestive disorders, urinary dysfunction and much more. I am a board certified Chinese Herbologist. I studied herbal medicine at the Won Institute. I studied acupuncture at the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I began my career in alternative medicine as a massage therapist in 1990.
Chinese herbs are combined into formulas to treat a variety of illnesses. Many of these formulas have existed for thousands of years. They have been modified and refined to address common dysfunctions in the body that occur from aging, injury, overuse, taxation, and poor diet.
All the structures of your body depend on the smooth flow of blood, oxygen, and fluids for optimal function. Acupuncture needles can direct the flow of these vital nutrients.
Cupping and Gua Sha aid in the circulation of blood by bringing blood through the cells to the surface of the body. That is why you will see redness and bruising after a cupping or gua sha treatment. These techniques are not painful. They move stagnant and deoxygenated blood out of the tissues and allow fresh blood and oxygen to return to the cells.
Palpation is an essential diagnostic tool in Chinese Medicine. Doing tui na or massage on a patient improves blood flow. It also helps me to assess the soft tissues for areas of stagnation and rigidity. Through palpation, I determine what will be the most beneficial acupuncture points.
Andrea Ellison, L.Ac. is currently a registered provider for CDPHP, MVP, and United Healthcare. No-fault insurance is accepted. Please call your insurance company to find out what your acupuncture benefits are.