Christine Ellis, AP, LMT
Integrative Eastern Medicine
Care is taken to provide you with quality services and products. Our Eastern Medicine practice integrates acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, gua sha, therapeutic massage, and other natural healing modalities to best resolve your health concerns.
TREATMENTS & MODALITIES
TOYOHARI JAPANESE ACUPUNCTURE
Toyohari is a specialized form of East Asian medicine. It is a refined system of traditional Five Element meridian therapy, highly regarded as effective and painless. Many acupuncture styles focus on helping the patient to feel better, but do not necessarily focus on and support nourishing energies at a deeper level; this system does just that. Emphasis is placed on addressing the root causes of a patient's condition, along with treating the symptoms. It is particularly helpful for musculo-skeletal complaints and associated conditions. As part of one's self care it is used to optimize good health. It is an excellent choice of acupuncture for all people, and especially so for those who are sensitive to needles, the elderly and children. Anyone debilitated or chronically ill will find the treatment restorative.
Acupuncture is one branch of Eastern medicine. Treatment may incorporate the supplemental use of Hydrotherapy, Moxibustion, Cupping, Gua Sha, Massage, Medical Qi-Gong, some form of subtle energetic therapy. It is customary to provide Herbal Medicine prescriptions and nutritional supplements as well as lifestyle recommendations. All of which is dependent on your unique treatment plan.
SHONISHIN JAPANESE PEDIATRIC TREATMENT
Shonishin (sho=little, ni=children, shin=needle) Shonishin is gentle and comfortable for children, ironically it doesn't require needles. Instead, treatment techniques use specialized blunt and rounded instruments to provide very delicate stimulation to the body, which involves rhythmic stroking, rubbing, tapping, and pressing at the skin's surface. Though seemingly subtle, Shonishin effectively treats numerous conditions common in childhood, while it helps to strengthen a child's constitution to promote development and maintain good health.
For a list of the conditions treated, the treatment process and to schedule your child's appointment:
Mei Zen (Beautiful Person) is a cosmetic acupuncture protocol based on traditional Chinese medicine that revitalizes and rejuvenates the face. This facial rejuvenation moistens, nourishes and hydrates the skin for a more youthful appearance. Promotes better muscle tone and elasticity, and improves coloration. It is a less expensive, less invasive, holistic alternative to other cosmetic procedures. In addition to looking better, you'll feel better too. Benefits can include increased energy, a greater sense of vitality, and better sleep.
10 Session protocol.
RESTORATIVE HERBAL FOOT SOAK THERAPY
The Tibetan Herbal Foot Soak is our premier medicinal soak. A form of transdermal therapy, the curative properties of the herbal solution move from the feet to the entire body to promote change on a cellular level. Working to rid extracellular impurities and dead tissue that has accumulated in our legs and feet from sitting and standing. The ingredients in these exclusive foot soaks consist of wildcrafted, pharmaceutical grade herbs and special minerals. Formulated for reducing inflammation, improving blood circulation, and reducing oxidative and emotional stress, which are the major causes of chronic illness and premature aging.
This soak is exceptional for relieving pain and reducing inflammation in both chronic pain and acute injury. It is excellent for people dealing with stress, tension, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, headaches, foot pain, fungal issues, cold hands and feet, numbness, neuropathy, Fibromyalgia syndrome, gynecological complaints, and some cardiovascular issues. Improves immunity, digestion and enhances metabolism. -- Must call 352-376-0309 to book, this or any other relaxing and therapeutic, or specialty seasonal herbal soak we provide.
Patients may benefit from herbal therapy as well as from acupuncture when they come to our wellness clinic. Formulated herbal medicine, including herbal pills, tinctures, syrups, teas and medicinal soaks are often prescribed as part of your medical treatment. Helpful in treating a variety of conditions as well as the causative factor of disease, and to support a person's constitution. We recommend professional grade products that follow strict manufacturing guidelines to assure the formulas you receive are reputable and of the highest quality. They are routinely tested to be free of heavy metals, pesticides and other contaminants, and that the ingredients are true to what is being listed.
ACU-CHAKRA BALANCING METHOD™
A mind-body wellness session developed by Christine Ellis, physician of acupuncture and Eastern medicine. Skillfully blended crystal resonance, acupuncture or tuning fork acupressure and light touch therapies assist to align and enhance the existing energetic functions of our major energy centers. These centers connect with and help govern our body, mind and spirit. The subtle yet powerful treatment can help reduce the negative response to stress, leaving you feeling calm, grounded, refreshed and blissfully renewed. Sessions are conducted fully clothed while lying on a massage table.
A modality that has been used in Oriental medicine for centuries. Cupping therapy happens to also be one of the best deep-tissue therapies available! The stationary or gliding use of glass cups gently produce a suctioned pressure to relieve chronic or semi-acute pain conditions, muscle stiffness and headaches. Cupping improves blood flow, promotes the lymphatic system- releasing congested tissue toxins, and is GREAT for cold/flu relief. Normally used as a supplement to acupuncture treatment, though can be used alone. A quick consult will determine if cupping alone is the best treatment to address your condition.
THERAPEUTIC BODYWORK (*Ashi / Tui Na)
Our advanced therapeutic sessions accentuate Asian medical massage techniques to stimulate the movement of Qi and blood throughout areas where there may be stagnation or stasis, hence reducing or eliminating pain. Also a focus on stress reduction and somatics allow for your body to recognize and release tension and holding patterns for more lasting results.
*Ashi is a term used in Chinese medicine to describe tenderness / trigger point. Tui Na, is an Asian form of medical bodywork which resembles conventional western massage — many of the techniques are similar to Swedish massage, Connective and Deep tissue, and Myofascial release, such as gliding, kneading, percussion, vibration, friction, pulling, rocking, rotation, traction and positional holds.
Moxibustion referred to as "moxa" is a form of heat therapy which uses the burning heat of a spongy dried leaf material derived from the plant commonly known as mugwort. It is used for relevant acupuncture points and areas of the body in a variety of ways to facilitate healing. The introduction of heat increases blood circulation which nourishes and promotes the integrity of localized tissues, removes stasis, and invigorates the channels of the body to affect organ systems. Moxa can be formed into cones or placed in a warming box for use on the body, wrapped around the shaft of a placed needle to drive the heat down into an acupuncture point (as pictured), or compressed and rolled into a handheld stick. Common uses are to treat pain conditions that mostly benefit from heat, digestive complaints, menstrual disorders, and to enhance immunity. It can also be used as a stand alone therapy in place of needle therapy.
Auricular Acupuncture also known as ear acupuncture is a method of acupuncture done on the exterior part of the ear by inserting tiny needles at specified points, or by placing small adhesive press spheres which are left on for a number of days as a continuous form of treatment. The ear is considered a “microcosm” of your body, meaning it is possible to influence your entire body from your ear. Due to it's proximity of the brain, the ear is found to be very neurologically active. Often incorporated during a traditional acupuncture session.
MEDICAL FAR-INFRARED THERAPY / Professional BioMat®
All sessions include the complementary use of the professional BioMat. A FDA licensed medical device that you rest upon which increases cellular rejuvenation. Producing a comforting warmth with far infrared heat, it deeply penetrates to alleviate sore muscles, increase circulation and helps detoxify, while it releases negative ions for immediate stress relief, deeper relaxation and improved sleep.