Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture involves placing hair-thin needles of varying lengths into areas of the body called acupuncture points. Acupuncture points are located along meridians, which are the channels through which energy, known as Qi, flows to every part of the body and into every organ and tissue.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the unobstructed flow or balance of Qi is considered essential to health. In Western medicine, we call this balance homeostasis. When the energy flow is disrupted by disease or injury, illness or pain occurs. Acupuncture is used to balance the flow of Qi and stimulate the body’s natural neurohormones to relieve pain and restore wellness.
Auricular (ear) acupuncture involves stimulation of acupuncture points on the external ear surface for the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions.Although the earliest use of ear acupuncture dates back to ancient China, the specialty of auricular acupuncture was developed in Western Europe, starting with Dr. Paul Nogier, a French neurologist, in the 1950s.
Similar to the surface of the brain, a miniature neurological "map" of the anatomical divisions of the body exists in the external ear. Nogier found that the ear holds all of the acupuncture points of the body and that stimulating specific anatomical parts in this microsystem were effective in alleviating pain and relieving symptoms.
Cupping is a Traditonal Chinese Medicine practice in which a glass cup is applied to the skin. The pressure in the cup is decreased by suctioning out air to create a partial vacuum using a pump attached to the cup. The skin and outer muscle layer is thus drawn into and held in the cup. This dilates the blood vessels, increases circulation, improves lymphatic drainage and increases the movement of the body’s own energy or Qi.
Cupping is applied to certain acupuncture points as well as to areas of the body that are affected by pain. It works to release muscle tension and adhesions. Several conditions that respond to cupping treatment are fibromyalgia, sciatica, tissue and joint inflammation. Additionally, it aids in relieving respiratory congestion secondary to asthma and bronchitis.
Counseling on Mind-Body Medicine
Mind-Body Medicine focuses on the interplay between mind and body and the potent ways in which emotional, mental, and spiritual factors can directly affect health. Dr. Herbert Benson, a pioneer in Mind-Body Medicine, proved this through his scientific research on how the relaxation response counteracts the harmful effects of stress.
Dr. Manrique focuses on the whole person when treating patients. In her comprehensive integrative approach, she addresses patients' health concerns not only from a physical perspective but also from an emotional and spiritual standpoint. She provides guidance on evidence-based meditation techniques to elicit the relaxation response and its unique health benefits.