Dr. Steve Shomo, DAOM, L.Ac, AP, GCPH, GCDMH, CSCS, ERYT, WFR
The World Health Organization, National Institute of Health, and the Mayo Clinic, have determined that Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine are successful in the treatment of:
Acupuncture and East Asian medicine:
Includes the modalities of acupuncture (auricular, distal, body, scalp, dry needling), herbal medicine (internal & external), tui na massage, injection therapy, gua sha (graston), cupping, moxibustion, nutrition, yoga, tai chi, and qigong for the prevention and treatment of disease and illnesses.
Acupuncture works on a Bio-Chemical, Neural, Fascia, and Meridian (Channels or Nadis) system, as well as with "live-ashi" points located throughout the body. There are various styles like Chinese, Ayurvedic, Korean, Japanese, European, and Medical Acupuncture practiced. Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine treats the human body as a whole based on the principles of balancing the physical, emotional/mental, energetic, and spiritual aspects (rather than separating). It is one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world originating more than 3000 years ago.
Injection Therapy (AIT, Biopuncture) evolved from acupuncture and has long been used by Acupuncturists, Naturopathic Doctors and Homeopaths. This therapy is the integration of traditional acupuncture and cutting edge medicine. IT is the injection of biotherapeutics such as vitamins, minerals, herbs, homeopathics, saline, and mild analgesics and more. It is administered with fine needles just under the skin, into muscles, ligaments, trigger points or acupuncture points. It is a gentle and natural method that can help patients to return to and achieve optimal health and wellness. When the natural therapeutic injectables are introduced into the affected area, trigger point, or acupuncture point, the body absorbs the substance and creates an immune response. The injectable will activate, stimulate, or sedate and relax the area or injection site (acupuncture point) for a longer period of time, enhancing the therapeutic effect.
Injection Therapy is used to treat:
Herbal medicine, also known as herbalism or botanical medicine, is a medical system based on the use of plants or plant extracts that may be taken internally or applied externally to the skin. Since ancient times, herbal medicine has been used by many different cultures throughout the world to treat illness and to assist body and mind imbalances and functions.
The origins of modern medicine can be traced to herbs and raw botanicals. With nearly 500,000 species of plants inhabiting the Earth, only 10-15% of those have been studied for their medicinal properties. Whether in the form of powders, capsules or liquids, herbal remedies use the whole essence of the plant to provide treatment that is naturally safe with no side effects, when used appropriately and under the supervision of a licensed practitioner.
Chinese herbal medicine is one of the most sophisticated herbal medicine systems in the world. Typically, combinations of 2 to 20 ingredients are used in formulary, created to each individual’s pattern of disharmony. The formulas are crafted together to work synergistically, where each ingredient is designed to accomplish a part of the overall process of restoring balance to the body and mind. The multi-ingredient formulas may be decocted from raw herbs and drunk as a tea, or taken as a tincture, granules, pills or capsules as directed.
Some herbal formulas may include ingredients from the animal and mineral kingdoms, however, formulas are mostly from the plants, such as roots, barks, fruits, seeds, twigs, stems, leaves and flowers. For those individuals already taking prescription medication, professional advice is given before beginning an herbal program preventing any potential herb-drug interactions. Our herbal practices draw from the traditional herbal medicines of the Chinese, Japanese, India (Ayurvedic), Native American, Mexico, Western/European, and others. All of our herbal therapies are given based on a Traditional Chinese Medical diagnose and symptom presentation. We use only the highest quality herbs and botanicals, contaminant free ingredients, and no endangered species. In addition, we try to use environmental/sustainable practices and organics whenever possible.
Tui Na is one of the branches of Traditional Oriental Medicine dating back to 2700 BCE. It is a manipulative therapy and medical massage that uses various techniques to bring the body and mind back into balance and harmony. It differs from other forms of massage because it is not only used to treat acute and chronic muscular-skeletal conditions, orthopedic conditions, but also in the treatment of numerous illnesses, as well as bringing the body and mind to a state of complete relaxation. The name comes from two of the actions: tui means "to push" and na means "to lift and squeeze." Other strokes include brushing, kneading, rolling, pinching, pressing, shaking and tapotement to stimulation of the skin, muscles, joints, and organs. The practitioner may use range of motion, traction, and the stimulation of acupressure points. These techniques increase blood circulation, remove blockages (phlegm, fluids, scar tissue), remove lactic acid build up, help alleviate pain and restore body function. Tui Na can be applied to a specific location, injury, or condition and when applied to the entire body it is typically a completely relaxing experience, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of modality of many traditional medicines. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 BCE. Cupping was established as an official therapeutic practice in the 1950s across hospitals in China after research conducted by Chinese and former Soviet Union acupuncturists confirmed cupping’s effectiveness.
People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage. Oriental medical philosophy holds that pain results from the congestion, stagnation, and blockage of vital fluids, lymph, phlegm, and blood. If pain is the essence of disease, then suffering is a result of obstructed or irregular flow in the body. Cupping is a method of breaking up the blockage to restore the body’s natural pattern. Cupping can also clear congestion the lungs. Cupping has a detoxifying effect on skin and circulatory system, and may assist in the removal of toxins. Cupping improves blood flow and is especially useful for myofascial release, sore muscles or spasms. A 2015 report published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine noted cupping as an effective alternative method of treating acne, pain, facial paralysis, cervical spondylosis, and herpes zoster.
The cups may be made of glass, bamboo, earthenware, or silicone. There are primary methods of cupping, known as "wet" or "dry" cupping. Suction or a vacuum is created within the cups, and they may be removed/replaced numerous times, held static, or gently moved across the skin or along the muscle tissue (with a topical therapeutic oil), during treatments. Side effects of cupping are fairly mild. Bruising should be expected, but skin should return to looking normal within 7-10 days.
Gua Sha (aka "Graston" technique or IASTM, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization) is a therapy that involves gentle scraping of the skin with a tool (and topical/medicinal oil) to improve your circulation, remove toxins, reduce muscular tension/spasm, and reduce pain. Various stroke techniques are used to stimulate micro-circulation in soft tissue, which increases blood flow, removes inflammation, and promotes tissue healing.
Gua sha is generally performed on a person’s back, buttocks, neck, arms, and legs. A gentle version may be used on the face as a facial and cosmetic technique. Gua Sha is very effective in treating ailments that cause chronic pain, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, as well as trigger points, muscle and joint pain.
Gua sha causes tiny blood vessels (capillaries) near the surface of the skin to burst. This creates the distinctive red or purple bruises, known as sha. There should not be any break in the skin during the treatment. The bruises usually take 7-10 days to heal and can be tender to the touch. The practitioner may provide you with a topical to use during healing, which reduces pain and inflammation.
Moxibustion (Moxa) is a form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials called "moxa" are burned on or very near the surface of the skin. Moxa techniques and application have been used traditionally in China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and others. Chinese recorded use of moxa was during the Yin and Zhou Dynasties of China (1500 BCE to 700 BCE) and was recorded in the Japanese Ishinho, the oldest medical book in Japan, which was written in 984 CE. Moxa is usually made from the dried leafy material of mugwort, where, Chinese mugwort (Artemesia argyi or A.vlugaris) and Japanese mugwort (Artemesia princeps) are the most common. Application and techniques differ in the various cultures.
The application of moxa temporarily brings an inflammatory response to the area and has has a immuno-modulating effect. It increases circulation of blood and lymphocytes in the body and helps produce interferons in the body. Moxa's phytochemicals, volitle oils, and constituents, have antioxident, antibacterial, antifungal, antitussive/expectorant and analgesic properties, thus resulting in its ability to work with acute and chronic illnesses and conditions as well as prevention.
Therapeutic Movement and Exercise (Yoga/Tai Chi/Qigong) are a strong part of treatment and prevention in East Asian Medicine. These various movements are centuries-old and are considered to be a complete mind and body practice, having physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual effects. They involve certain postures and gentle movements with mental focus, breathing, and relaxation. The movements can be adapted or practiced while walking, standing, or sitting.
Research findings by the Mayo, Cleveland Clinic and others, suggest that practicing tai chi may improve balance and stability in older people and those with Parkinson’s, reduce pain from knee osteoarthritis, help people cope with fibromyalgia and back pain, and promote quality of life and improve mood in people with heart failure and cancer.
Nutrition and Dietary Therapy is a foundation of health and well-being. Hyppocrates said, "Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food", yet in today's world many of the foods we eat are a source issue in our level of poor health or inability to improve. Food has a relationship with memories, emotions and social connectedness, and can affect us on a physical and cellular level, as well as an emotional and mental level. We use the most innovative, reliable and detailed testing methods to get to the bottom of your nutritional and health issues. Testing is not necessary for everyone and we will only recommend tests based on your individual needs or specific concerns, we are not doing test for the sake of tests.
We believe in starting with a balanced whole food based diet that supports your conditions and needs. We provide complete nutritional and individualized dietary therapies and utilize herbs and supplementation only when necessary.
Integrative East Asian Sports Medicine began centuries ago with the treatment of martial arts and battlefield injuries. In modern times these ancient practices and treatments provide excellent results for sports injuries and many orthopedic conditions.
The treatment of sports related and orthopedic injuries utilizes a holistic approach starting with the acute phase and following through with post injury rehab treatments and exercises to re-balance the body and mind. Furthermore we continue your treatment with the instruction of preventative care to reduce your risk of developing chronic conditions. We combine Acupuncture,East Asian Medicine & Japanese Meridian Therapy and other holistic techniques to get you the best results for your post injury treatment, rehab and sports performance, allowing for faster healing times and returning to optimal performance in a safe and effective means.