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Specialties: Pain Management

Pain is one of our specialties. Maybe you strained a knee during exercise, or threw out your back doing housework. It happens. Acupuncture has great techniques for helping deal with pain, and for rehabilitating range of motion issues, strength issues, and the like. However, not all pain is recent. Some pain is old, deep, chronic, and relatively unresponsive to conventional therapies. This is a place where acupuncture can be transformative.

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Specialties: Stress

Specialties - Stress ManagementOne of our primary specialties is stress. Stress comes from tension, resistance, or pressure – it tends to be oriented to life circumstances, very often centered work, finances, family, health, etc. In this sense, stress is necessary, and even, in some degree, healthy. The difficulty arises when stress becomes unrelenting or overwhelming, and there is no opportunity to restore, to rest, no way to rejuvenate. Acupuncture cannot change your life circumstances, but what it can do is help your body and mind recognize what calm, relaxation, and rest actually feel like, and how to begin to enact these more consistently.

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Specialties: Insomnia

Without sleep we never recover, without rest we are unable to transform the struggles of one day into the new competencies of the next. And yet sleep eludes many of us, often for long stretches, or even significant portions of our lives. As described above, acupuncture can help with many of the difficulties of mood and stress that can contribute to insomnia, but in many ways, it is herbal medicine that really shines here. Acupuncture can help you be able to sleep, but herbs can begin to rectify some of the more deeply seated pathodynamics at work that keep you from rest. Whether your mind spins and won’t shut off, if anxiety wakes you, if you find yourself simply restlessly tossing and turning, or whether you find that even after sleeping you wake without any sense of being rested, acupuncture and herbal medicine can not only differentiate the underlying patterns to help you get to sleep, but can help, over a longer term, to rectify the disharmonies that can keep sleep out of reach.

Specialties: Anxiety and Depression

Specialties - Anxiety and DepressionAcupuncture shifts one’s perception, one’s capacity to experience themselves in a different way, in a way that does not involve at every moment the incessant and unrelenting pressure of anxiety and depression. Acupuncture and herbs over time shift one’s experience of stress, of anxiety, of depression and other similar chronic mood dysfunctions, so that there is an opportunity to be in one’s body, at peace and without fear and distress. Initially this experience may last an evening, even on into the next day, and eventually for weeks and longer.

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Traditional Medicine

Traditional medicine consists of both direct physical therapeutic techniques like acupuncture and massage, as well as the prescription of herbal medicines. These techniques have been practiced worldwide, in a variety of different forms and throughout a wide geographic and cultural range, for thousands of years. Their efficacy and continuing vital capacity to deal with both acute and chronic illness remains a necessary complement and counterpoint to biomedical treatments.

At Deep Root Medicine we practice a variety of Traditional Medicine systems, with therapies that include acupuncture, herbs, massage and bodywork, among other modalities. We make use of the pulse diagnosis system recorded, developed, and popularized by Dr. Leon Hammer and taught at Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine, in addition to other diagnostic modalities like the inspection of the tongue and ear, and palpation of both acupuncture channels and the abdomen.

These diagnostic techniques are coupled with thorough intake procedures centered around listening to your own insights into your health. We believe that a substantial component of the healing process begins to come about through the knowledge that you have been given a space to talk about what concerns you have for your health – be it physical, mental, or emotional – and knowing that you have been heard, and taken seriously. While this kind of diagnostic technique does have a structure to direct it, where particular questions and follow-up points of clarification are guided by the practitioner, it is your own understanding and experience of your health that comes to the forefront during the intake interview process. This allows you, in some cases for the first time, to frame and contextualize your health, and health goals, both for yourself and for your practitioner, in partnership.