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.
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.
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 help to balance 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.
B.A. in Psychology and Health Science from the University of Colorado, at Boulder.
Masters in Science Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM) from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) in San Francisco, California.
Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. OM).
Certified by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) in clean needle technique.
Professional Member of The Acupuncture Society of Massachusetts and The American Society of Acupuncturists.
Licensed and board-certified in the States of Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and California.
In addition to practicing Chinese medicine, I enjoy traveling, outdoor adventuring, and spending time with my Husband and two Daughters.
"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!!!"
"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!"
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Acupuncture by Alana
14 Mica Lane #108
Wellesley, MA 02481
There are three tandem parking spaces in the parking area located at the front of the building, which are available on a first come first serve basis. Additional metered parking can be found along Washington Street and behind the building, next to the CVS.