Alana Pollack Hammer
MS, Dipl.OM, LAc.
Acupuncture By Alana
AURICULAR (EAR) THERAPY
There are over 200 acupuncture points 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 healing response.
Auricular (Ear) Therapy involves the stimulation of the acupuncture points located on the ear with tiny seeds or pellets. The seeds are no larger than the tip of an unsharpened pencil, do not pierce the skin, and are painless when affixed. The client will leave these seeds in for three to five days and re-stimulate the points by massaging the ear several times each day.
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. Today, we use glass and plastic 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 can leave noticeable marks similar to a bruise. 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, and asthma.
Moxibustion evolved thousands of years ago in early northern China. 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 acupuncture points. The radiant 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, pain, infertility, ulcers, and many other ailments.
Gua Sha is a Chinese treatment, similar in effect to cupping. Gua stands for rubbing or friction. Sha stands for congested or stagnant blood at the surface of the body. When friction is applied in repeated, even strokes, the sha surfaces as small red petechiae. Usually a Chinese soup spoon is used to create this effect. It is wonderful at treating stiff upper necks and backs and dealing with everyday stress.
Chinese nutrition uniquely differs from modern Western nutrition in that it determines the energies and therapeutic properties of foods instead of analyzing the chemical constituents of them. The advantage of this approach lies in its ability to customize to every individual’s needs. Furthermore, Chinese nutrition takes into consideration such factors as method of preparation, body type, season, and one’s geographical location in determining the appropriate diet.
Traditional Chinese Medicine makes use of a vast array of medicinal plants with antiviral, antibacterial and immunomodulating properties. Many Chinese remedies appear to have significant therapeutic value, and often work on conditions for which Western doctors have no pharmaceutical drugs.
When most people think of herbal medicine they think of Echinacea for boosting immunity, Gingko Biloba for memory, black cohosh for hot flashes, etc. Chinese herbal medicine is much more complex. A typical formula is made up of five to twenty-five different ingredients. Why so many ingredients? An individual herb often has multiple functions. For example, ginger can be used for shock, wheezing, urinary incontinence, strengthening the digestive system and some types of bleeding. Its function in a specific formula will hinge on the other ingredients that are present in the formula. For Chinese herbal medicine, the sum is definitely greater than the equal of its parts.
Chinese herbs may be used alone or with acupuncture as a complimentary modality. They have shown their effectiveness under the scrutiny of both empirical study and modern clinical trials. Herbs may be used to accelerate the healing process while restoring balance to the body.
TREATING THE ROOT, NOT JUST THE BRANCH
Chinese herbal medicine differs from Western pharmaceuticals in important ways. The focus of most drugs is on treating symptoms. An antacid increases the pH of the stomach to relieve symptoms of heartburn. Proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec decrease the amount of acid made in the stomach. Symptoms will always come back when you stop using the drug. You have treated the branch, not the root of the problem. Chinese herbs give symptom relief, but the larger intent of the formula is to correct the underlying patterns causing the symptoms.
AVOIDING SIDE EFFECTS
Most western drugs use a single biologically active compound at concentrations beyond what would be found in nature. High concentrations create toxicity and side effects. There is an inherent wisdom to the natural world. For example, ginger has over 400 identified active compounds. These different compounds work synergistically to enhance ginger’s healing abilities and ameliorate side effects. Herbal medicine is grounded in this natural wisdom, blending plants, minerals and other substances into unique, powerful and safe formulas.
I use patent, tinctures, and powdered formulas only from manufacturers committed to excellence and safety. Their production facilities meet international good manufacturing practice (GMP) guidelines. Testing is done on their products for the following contaminants: heavy metals, pesticides, sulfur dioxide, aflatoxins and aristolochic acid.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are part of a medical tradition based on the systematic review of a patient’s signs and symptoms and his or her subsequent response to treatment. This tradition has evolved and been refined on innumerable patients over the last three thousand years. Although its roots are ancient, its practice today is very modern.
Acupuncture involves inserting very thin, solid, hair like needles at specific points on the body. In Chinese these points are called “neural nodes” (jie) and the stimulation of these nodes affects both the central and peripheral nervous systems. It triggers the release of the body’s internal chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalins, which have pain-relieving properties.
Among a host of factors, acupuncture affects sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in the blood, the functioning of the gastrointestinal system and the activity of the endocrine system. Acupuncture works with the body, harmonizing and balancing energy. It improves circulation and allows the body to heal itself more quickly and more completely.
Acupuncture is an extremely safe treatment option with virtually no side effects when administered by an experienced practitioner. If your only options are more medications, injections or surgery, this is a very safe and conservative therapy to try first.
COMMONLY TREATED CONDITIONS
What does acupuncture treat according to the World Health Organization (WHO)?
In the hands of a well-trained practitioner, acupuncture has much broader applications beyond pain relief. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the use of acupuncture to have therapeutic effect in the treatment of a wide range of common illnesses.
I can help with the following conditions as well as prevent their return:
Allergies & Respiratory Problems: cold, flu, allergies, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, cough, sinusitis, and weak immune system.
Autoimmune Conditions: rheumatoid arthritis, hashimoto’s thyroiditis and other thyroid conditions, multiple sclerosis, diabetes type 1, crohn’s disease, celiac disease, sjogren’s syndrome, grave’s disease, and others.
Cancer Support: assist with side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, enhance the immune system and strengthen the body.
Cardiovascular Disorders: heart palpations, high blood pressure, angina pectoris, anemia, stroke recovery, dizziness & vertigo.
Chronic Conditions: fatigue, adrenal exhaustion, fibromyalgia, insomnia, hypersomnia.
Digestive Disorders: stomach ache, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis, gastritis, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, ulcers, acid reflux, hiccup, nausea, vomiting, slow metabolism, esophageal spasms, and hemorrhoids.
Emotional Disorders: Insomnia, stress, anxiety, addiction, depression, chronic fatigue, eating disorders, PTSD.
Immune Enhancement: infections of the eye, ear, nose, and throat, congestion, nosebleeds, earache, toothache, eye pain.
Neurological Problems: dizziness, numbness, tingling, loss of feeling, neuralgia, neuropathy, and bell’s palsy.
Obstetrics: morning sickness, fatigue, heartburn, muscle cramps, sciatica, back pain, breech baby, induction, postpartum depression, mastitis, lactation support.
Pain & Injury: back pain, neck pain, hip pain, sciatica, sports injury, whiplash, knee pain, heel pain, bursitis, arthritis, shoulder pain, headache, migraine, carpal tunnel, tendonitis, sprains, strains, muscle aches and spasms, gout, TMJ, nerve pain, and post-surgery recovery.
Pediatrics: Cold, flu, ear infections, asthma, pain, injury, stress, anxiety, ADD and ADHD, headache/migraine, constipation, diarrhea, reflux/GERD, sleep, failure to thrive, and weak immune function.
Skin Disorders: dry skin, itching, dermatitis, acne, hives, rash, psoriasis, and eczema.
Urogenital Disorders: incontinence, urine retention, urinary tract infection, interstitial cystitis, urinary bladder stones, and frequent or painful urination.
Women’s Health: amenorrhea (loss of period), irregular, heavy, or light menstruation, cramps, PMS, menopausal symptoms (hot flashes, night sweats), low libido, endometriosis, PCOS, fibroids, and infertility.
Men’s Health: prostatitis, impotence, seminal emission, and low sperm count/ motility.
Other Conditions: weight loss, gallstones, kidney stones, cataracts, smoking/ alcohol, and drug addiction withdrawal.
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“If there is pain, there is no free flow; if there is free flow, there is no pain.” –famous Chinese saying.
ADVANCED STYLE OF ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT
It is a common misconception that acupuncture should be given to the affected area of a patient’s disease. This concept of “local” treatment is actually less effective and misses the magic of acupuncture theory. The body possesses a complex system of connections, primarily made of nerves and blood vessels. Acupuncture uses its meridian system to describe the functional organization of these connections to help relieve pain and improve bodily functions.
I primarily practice “Balance Method Acupuncture”. Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan developed this system of treatment, with strong influences from Master Tung and Dr. Chao Chen’s I-Ching Acupuncture. The Balance Method uses powerful “distal” acupuncture points on the arms and legs to treat all aspects of the body. So if you come to my clinic complaining about knee pain, the one place I won’t put a needle is in your injured knee. By choosing “remote” acupuncture points, I can have the patient move the affected area during treatment to observe the clinical effects.
Balance Method Acupuncture is unique in its ability to obtain instantaneous results for pain. After insertion of the needles, most patients can immediately feel a decrease in pain level and improved range of motion. The points used during Balance Method Acupuncture treatments are considered to be the most powerful points on each meridian, according to classical Chinese theory. These locations were originally detailed in the oldest known Chinese medical text: The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic.
GENERAL PAIN CONDITIONS
Arthritis and joint pain (hand, knee, etc.), Fibromyalgia, Menstrual pain, Muscle tension, Muscle spasms, Overuse /overtraining injuries, Pain from cancer, Post-surgical pain, Repetitive strain injuries, Sprains/strain (wrist, ankle, knee, etc,), Stress-related pain and Tendonitis.
LOW BACK PAIN, SACROILIAC PAIN AND PELVIC PAIN
Chronic pelvic pain, Lumbar disc pain, Nerve pain from herpes zoster (shingles) and Sciatica.
NECK PAIN AND THORACIC (UPPER BACK) PAIN
Cervical disc pain, Neck pain, Neck sprain/strain, Thoracic disc pain, Thoracic outlet syndrome,Upper back pain and Whiplash syndrome.
HEADACHES & FACIAL PAIN
Dental and jaw pain, Headache, Migraines, Tension headaches and TMJ syndrome.
SHOULDER PAIN AND UPPER ARM PAIN
Bicep tendonitis, Frozen shoulder, Rotator cuff injury, Shoulder instability and Shoulder tendonitis.
ELBOW PAIN, FOREARM PAIN, WRIST PAIN, AND HAND PAIN
Carpal tunnel syndrome, Finger sprains and arthritis, Hand sprains and arthritis, Tennis & golfer’s elbow, Wrist pain and Wrist sprains and arthritis.
HIP, THIGH, AND KNEE PAIN
Ligament sprains, Hamstring strains, Hip/gluteal tendonitis, Knee pain, Knee meniscus injuries, Knee osteoarthritis, Patellar tendonitis, Post joint-replacement recovery and Quadriceps tendonitis.
CALF PAIN, ANKLE PAIN, AND FOOT PAIN
Achilles tendonitis, Ankle sprain, Ankle/foot tendonitis, Foot pain, Heel pain, Calf strains and Plantar fasciitis.
A woman's body goes through many cycles in the course of a lifetime. From the onset of puberty, to pregnancy, and finally menopause, with years of menstruation in between, a woman's body and hormones are in a constant state of change. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) can restore balance at any stage of a woman's life. TCM has been proven to have a positive effect on the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, the body's mechanism that is responsible for keeping the female reproductive system in balance.
Women's health issues respond exceptionally well to TCM. Today, traditional protocols are combined with advances in Western medical science to maximize the success of treatments. Most gynecological conditions can be brought under control in three to six menstrual cycles.
Some of the many women's health conditions that TCM treats are: Amenorrhea (absent periods), Dysmenorrhea (painful periods), Irregular periods, Long periods, Heavy periods, Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), Endometriosis, Fibroids, Thyroid conditions, Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), Genital herpes, Genital warts (HPV), Cervical dysplasia, Hormonal migraines, Chronic yeast infections AND Urinary Tract infections (UTI).
Chinese Medicine can help to improve fertility in many ways: Increase blood flow to the uterus, Improve ovary function to produce better quality eggs, Regulate hormones to increase follicle production, Relax the patient and decrease their stress, Prevent uterine contractions, Mitigate side effects of drugs used in Assisted Reproductive Therapies, Strengthen the immune system, Treat and prevent habitual miscarriage and Improve semen quality: count, motility and morphology.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine often provide natural relief for symptoms associated with declining hormone levels. The combination of Chinese herbs and acupuncture is a safe and effective alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Significant relief from menopausal issues can be achieved in as little as a few treatments.
Acupuncture can reduce the discomfort of the following menopausal symptoms: Hot flashes, Night sweats, Spontaneous sweating, Mood changes, Dryness, Insomnia, Fatigue, Decreased libido and Weight gain.
The following studies illustrate the effectiveness of TCM for women's health conditions:
• A 2002 study published in The Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine focused on women diagnosed with painful periods due to endometriosis. The results showed that 81% of the women had significantly less pain with their periods after receiving acupuncture.
• A 2008 study of 649 women with dysmenorrhea (painful periods) found that a significant number of the women reported a large decrease in pain and an improvement in quality of life after 3 months of acupuncture.
• A 2002 study on women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) found that 78% of participants who received a four-week course of acupuncture experienced a significant reduction in symptoms of anxiety, irritability, headache, breast pain, insomnia, bloating, nausea, and gastrointestinal disorders.
• A 1999 study found that TCM is a very effective treatment for menopausal symptoms of hot flashes, sweating, insomnia, and anxiety. Hot flashes decreased by 35% and insomnia by 50% in women who received acupuncture and herbs for seven weeks. Another study done in 2010 found that acupuncture had a marked clinical improvement in hot flashes and menopause-related symptoms in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women. Other studies show that acupuncture therapies are better than hormone therapy for reducing menopause-related symptoms.
Traditional Chinese medicine offers a natural means of safeguarding healthy pregnancies that is safe for a mother and her baby. Pregnancy is a new and special time in a woman's life. It is a time when a woman begins to understand that she is supporting not only herself, but also creating and nurturing another life. Chinese medicine can ease a woman through the many physical and emotional changes that occur during each trimester of her pregnancy and help to ensure a comfortable and healthy pregnancy.
It has been shown that women who get regular acupuncture treatments during their pregnancy deliver on time, have less health complaints during their pregnancy, have less pain during their delivery and have shorter recovery times post-partum.
RECENT STUDIES ARE SHOWING IT PARTICULARLY HELPFUL IN ALLEVIATING:
Morning sickness, nausea & vomiting, fatigue, headache/migraines, irritability/emotional changes, bleeding/miscarriage prevention.
Insomnia, heartburn, stress, edema, bloating/stomach pain, leg cramps, infections, cold & flus.
Sciatica, back pain, pelvic & hip pain, tailbone pain, insomnia, stress & anxiety.
Pre-Birth treatments involve a series of treatments from 36 or 37 weeks to prepare for labor. Points are used according to a woman's constitution and pregnancy history. These include points to ripen the cervix, to help position the baby in the best presentation for labor, and to promote optimal energy and stamina for women to enter into labor.
The pre-birth treatments assist with: rotating a breech baby position (34-37 weeks), promoting cervical ripening, increasing your chances of delivering on time, reducing the need for medical inductions, reducing pain and the need for pain medication.
POST PARTUM TREATMENTS:
Chinese medicine can also be an invaluable tool during post-partum recovery. According to the principles of Chinese medicine, a new mother loses much of her vital energy during childbirth. The post partum period is an important time for her to regain her energy and strength so that she can continue to care for herself and her new baby.
The post partum treatments help to: facilitate milk production, relieve postpartum depression, treat fatigue, alleviate insomnia, treat clogged ducts and mastitis, and much more.
ALANA POLLACK HAMMER,
MS, Dipl.OM, LAc.
Many people who come to see me are struggling with an illness or an injury that has not responded fully to conventional treatments. Most have never seen an acupuncturist before and are unsure what to expect. Part of my goal as a practitioner is to help move clients back onto a path towards a better quality of life.
I believe that Western and Eastern Medicine are not mutually exclusive. Each day, I work with individuals who incorporate physical therapy, reproductive endocrinology, and general western medicine as part of their health regimen. I’ve seen the “hybrid power” of combining western and eastern medicine.
MY TREATMENT PHILOSOPHY
The great strength of traditional Chinese medicine is its focus on wellness. Most people know what they need to do to be healthy. They just aren’t sure how to start. For one person I may help by relieving her neck pain so that she starts getting a full night’s sleep. For another it may mean relieving his hip and low back pain so he can start exercising again. For yet another it could be help to balancing mood to decrease stress eating. I work to empower people to live healthier lives so that in the long run they don’t need to rely on acupuncture or herbs.
To best suit the individual needs of my patients, I use 2 different styles of acupuncture. My training, schooling and foundation are in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which often combines Chinese herbs with acupuncture. Additionally, I incorporate a style that uses very few needles and often obtains dramatic results. This style is known as Balance Method/Dr. Tan style and Master Tung needling. Both of these styles use a holistic approach to minimize discomfort and maximize health benefits.
BECOMING A CERTIFIED ACUPUNCTURIST
To become an acupuncturist I completed a four-year Master of Science degree program in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, at The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, in San Francisco, CA. I am board certified in acupuncture by the National Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and am a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Wisconsin. Additionally, I am licensed as an acupuncturist in the state of California where I practiced acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine as a primary care provider. I received my B.A. in Psychology and Health Science from the University of Colorado, at Boulder.
In addition to practicing Chinese medicine, I enjoy traveling, outdoor adventuring, and spending time with my Husband and two Daughters.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Not at all. Acupuncture is not painful. You may feel a sensation when the needles are in but you should not feel pain. One might feel heaviness, distention, tingling, warmth, or a sensation of movement along the acupuncture channel. Most people feel very relaxed during the treatment and energized after.
Acupuncture needles are inserted in points located around the body. Usually points are located on "channels" or "meridians" flowing through the body carrying oxygen, blood, and nourishment. Inserted at these points, needles adjust the flow to help the body re-balance and become healthier.
Acupuncturists typically choose between 6-18 points for a treatment depending on the presenting problem.
Yes. Acupuncture needles are single-use, disposable, sterilized, metallic, solid, and hair-thin. After each treatment, all needles are disposed of.
Some patients feel an immediate reduction in their symptoms, for others it may take a few treatments.
The number of visits you need depends on a variety of factors including the variability of your symptoms, the length of time those symptoms have persisted, your overall health, your age, and other medical problems you may have. For acute conditions (within the last 3 months), expect to see significant changes within 3 or 4 treatments. For chronic conditions, expect more moderately paced progress. Usually after four treatments I will know whether or not acupuncture is working for your condition.
Chinese medicine may certainly be used in conjunction with other medical care. Patients should always provide information as to what medications or medical care they are employing. This will be taken into account. Furthermore, as acupuncture treatment progresses, the need for certain drugs typically decreases and it may be appropriate to reduce or discontinue medication (with consent of patient's treating physician).
I am able to work with a wide variety of insurance providers by providing my patients with a Superbill upon request. A Superbill is an invoice for your visit that uses standardized codes for all of the treatments performed. This process requires the patient to pay the full cost of the treatment out-of-pocket at the time of the visit. The Superbill can thereafter be submitted to your insurance carrier for full or partial reimbursement depending on your policy. Patients wishing to make use of this service should check with their insurance carriers to be sure that Superbills are accepted.
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More about Traditional Chinese Medicine:
• Between Heaven and Earth - Harriet Beinfield and Efrem Korngold
• The Web That Has No Weaver - Ted Kaptchuk
Chinese Medicine Approach to Fertility:
• The Infertility Cure – Randine Lewis
• The Tao Of Fertility – Daoshing Ni
• Fertility Wisdom – Angela Wu
Nutrition – From A Chinese Medicine Viewpoint:
• Healing with Whole Foods – Paul Pitchford
• The Dao of Nutrition – Maoshing Ni
• Keeping Your Child Healthy With Chinese Medicine: A Parent’s Guide to the Care & Prevention of Common Childhood Diseases. By Bob Flaws (Mar 1999)
• Be the Boss of Your Pain: Self-Care for Kids (Be The Boss Of Your Body®) by Timothy Culbert M.D. and Rebecca Kajander C.P.N.P. M.P.H. (Jul 10, 2007)
• Be the Boss of Your Stress (Be The Boss Of Your Body®) by Timothy Culbert M.D. and Rebecca Kajander C.P.N.P. M.P.H. (Jul 10, 2007)
• Be the Boss of Your Sleep (Be The Boss Of Your Body®) by Timothy Culbert M.D. (Jul 10, 2007)
• Be Fit, Be Strong, Be You (Be The Boss Of Your Body®) by Rebecca Kajander C.P.N.P. M.P.H. and Timothy Culbert M.D. (May 1, 2010)
"Alana did some therapy on me and the results were amazing! I recently injured my ribs and within 2 sessions, the pain is completely gone! But on a more exciting notion, I've had a forearm injury from golfing that has plagued me for more than 7 years, and after 1 session, the pain has not returned. I think I have found my Savior ... thank you Alana!!!"
"Alana is an amazing individual! I feel so very blessed to have her apart of not only my recent cancer journey, but also everyday balance and overall maintenance. She exceeds all expectations in every aspect and always goes above and beyond. She continues to research and educate herself in regard to your symptoms that you are experiencing and takes an active approach to your well being. She truly cares and listens wholeheartedly. She can pinpoint things that I did not even know were possible to address! I would recommend her to everyone and anyone, not only for health issues...but overall balance and well being. She has been a huge asset in my recovery, as well as my cancer-free diagnosis. I look forward to a lifetime of utilizing her expertise!"
"My visit with Alana was very successful. The thing I liked most about working with her was that she listened to me. Her demeanor is very reassuring and I did not ever feel like I was getting anything than sound professional advice. There was honestly a moment during the treatment when I felt an amazing rush of joy. When she asked me how I was doing, I said, "Blissed out." Because I went there for my "overwhelm" of being a single mom running my own business, I would say it went very well."
"I just wanted you to know that since the acupuncture session this morning, my sinus headache immediately disappeared, my neck has never turned so much in three months and my PMS is 100% gone! I am so happy. Thank you!"
"Meeting Alana, one becomes automatically at ease. Not only is she highly skilled, her demeanor is peaceful yet knowledgeable at the same time. And with acupuncture, this is extremely beneficial for the treatment. As for the results, I was impressed to find that they not only worked, they specifically addressed the issues we had spoke about."
"Alana, you’re a GENIUS! Today I ran 3.5 miles (easy pace). No pain then. No pain now. I’m a happy man!! Thanks again!!"
"I went to Alana for help in treating newly diagnosed Irritable Bowel Syndrome. After only one treatment, I felt so much better than I had in weeks. Alana walked me through the process, took a complete health and digestive history, and offered nutritional suggestions as a corollary to the wonderful treatment she provided. I was amazed by how relaxed and energetic I felt after acupuncture."
"I saw Alana for the last trimester of my pregnancy, and her treatments not only helped me deal with physical pain I was having, but also helped me with anxiety. Additionally, I had two treatments to induce labor after I was 10 days overdue, and the second treatment resulted in my baby's birth the following day."
"Alana is a very intuitive healer with a wonderful knowledge of her specialty. She helped me with back problems and with allergy and pain problems. It made a huge difference for me!"
"I wanted to write and say thank you for everything you have done for my wife. I don't know if you truly know the effect you have had on her. Since the beginning of her symptoms many have said that they will be able to help her and that they will see her through and not give up. With just about all of them, that has not been even close to the case. Doctors just throw medicine at her, and say see you in six months, and reassure themselves that they are right, and that no one else would be able to treat her better. Physical therapists have all the answers at the first couple visits only to say, well that is all I can do, sorry. It appears to her that you truly have her needs as the most important. I have seen the results in more good days than ever before, and also a true change in her insomnia. You have truly had an impact on my wife's life and for this I thank you. Where others have given up and basically said oh well, you have stayed with it. I will never be able to write all the ways that you have impacted her life but know that you have. I am so glad she has found you, because without you I do not know how much hope my wife would have. Thank you for taking care of my Queen."
"I cannot say enough about what a great healer and acupuncturist Alana is. She helped me immensely during my pregnancy, especially in the last few months, when my physical discomfort was at its most challenging. I was suffering from severe Restless Leg Syndrome and Alana's treatments were the only thing that gave me relief. Alana has also come to my rescue both during and after my pregnancy when my back went out. She made great efforts to treat me so that I could recover as quickly and stress free as possible. I would highly recommend Alana to anyone, but especially to pregnant and postpartum women. She is sensitive and nurturing and really understands what you are going through, being a mom herself."
REQUEST TO THE PATIENT
In order to provide the best possible treatment(s) and to ensure your safety, I request you:
• Inform me of all medications, supplements, herbs, pharmaceutical drugs, or special foods taken.
• Inform me of any treatments you are currently involved with.
• Fill out the “New Patient” forms as completely as possible, preferably before coming to your appointment.
• Inform me of anything new or different at each return visit.
• Inform me if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.
BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT,
PLEASE CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING
• Eat a light meal or snack prior to your treatment (within a couple of hours) - avoid heavy meals, fasting or long periods since last meal or snack.
• Avoid alcohol or recreational drugs prior to the treatment.
• Please wear clothing that can be rolled up above the knee and elbow. Most treatments do not require the removal of clothing.
• Your first treatment is approximately 1.5 hours and involves an initial consultation in which a diagnosis is made and I determine which TCM treatments are right for you. The acupuncture needles will be retained about 20 – 30 minutes.
• Follow-up visits consist of a much shorter intake/diagnosis period before treatment, and generally last for 1 hour.
• Everything concerning your treatment is kept confidential.
• Information is released ONLY by your written consent, or if required by certain circumstances, such as a court order or a life-threatening emergency situation.
• Protection of your privacy is mandated by law, by professional ethics and by my personal integrity.
• Payment, by cash, check or credit card, is expected at the time of treatment.