Hello and welcome! I’m Emily Coles, LAc. As a Licensed Acupuncturist I am trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The main healing modality I use is acupuncture, a gentle and non-invasive treatment using small filiform needles to stimulate specific points on the body. I am also trained in cupping and gua sha therapies, herbal moxibustion therapy, and I often include diet and lifestyle recommendations in my treatment protocols. Rather than targeting and treating individual symptoms, the aim of TCM is to treat the root of a problem. In this way, acupuncture is often able to eliminate or reverse common health complaints and chronic issues.
TCM describes human bodies as microcosms of the whole natural world. Just as nature involves the circulation of air, water, earth, and heat, the human body can be understood as a system of similarly circulating energies (including blood, fluids, nutrients. etc.). These earthly elements and bodily substances constantly circulate throughout the body in a network of channels, or pathways, that run alongside muscles and tendons, and also connect deeply to organ systems. Lying on the most superficial level of these channels are a series of acupuncture points which can tap into the nervous system, muscular tissues, and organs themselves to instigate natural healing responses in the body.
Acupuncture activates the parasympathetic nervous system (our “rest and digest” mode), releases endorphins (for pain relief), and generally balances all body systems. Due to these systemic effects, an acupuncture treatment is very relaxing and in fact quite comfortable! Many people fall asleep during treatments, and almost all leave their appointments feeling deeply relaxed and stress-free. In order to best address your needs, a thorough intake is important for creating an individualized treatment plan. In addition to discussing a patient’s chief complaint, I’ll also ask questions about diet, pain, sleeping habits, and stress levels, among others. I also feel pulses and look at tongues, both of which are important diagnostic tools in TCM. This video explains how stress can show up on the tongue:
I hope that you find a healing solution whether you decide to visit me or not. I deeply believe we all deserve to be living our best possible lives, and I would be honored to help you on your personal path towards healing. Acupuncture is a powerful tool that I have studied and practiced intensely, and I look forward to helping you find improved health and overall personal wellbeing.
“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.”