Acupuncture is one of the oldest medical procedures used in the world today. It began in China over 2000 years ago and has been used as a primary method of treatment ever since. One of the distinguishing characteristics of Oriental Medicine is that it looks at the body as a whole, rather than focusing on individual symptoms. This allows for more effective treatment by focusing on the root cause disease.
"It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has." - Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.)
According to Chinese medical theory, disease occurs because the body is out of balance. To restore harmony, acupuncture needles are inserted at specific points along pathways called channels or meridians. By stimulating these points, the body’s qi (pronounced chee), or vital energy, re-balances. The patient’s general condition of health is improved by strengthening the body’s ability to remain healthy and withstand disease or hardship.
Acupuncture Appointments are available at The Wellness Center in Burke, VA: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays Sarah also practices at The Healing Tree, Alexandria, VA: Mondays and Thursdays
Acupuncture is a safe, effective way to restore your body to optimum health.
Sarah became interested in acupuncture as a career during high school. She chose to study physiology at the Lyman Brigg's School of Michigan State University. After undergrad, Sarah continued her education at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, OR. She spent 3 full years learning Chinese Medicine, including anatomy, physiology, Chinese medical theory, western pathology, acupuncture, Chinese herbology, nutrition, shiatsu massage, taichi, and qigong. She also completed a 1 year internship in her last year of school, where she studied under both Chinese and Western acupuncturists and herbalists. She completed her qigong training with a certification to teach 1000 Hands Buddha Qigong. She also completed a 1 month internship in Japanese acupuncture post-graduation.
After she became a nationally certified acupuncturist, Sarah moved to Houma, LA. There she worked in an integrated medical practice for 2 1/2 years. She also taught introductory shiatsu at a local massage school. In the Spring of 2007 she began her practice Acupuncture Alexandria LLC in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, VA. In May of 2010 she expanded her practice into Springfield, VA as well.
Sarah has continued expanding her acupuncture knowledge by taking many continueing education courses. These include Chinese medical theory, the treatment of stress, anxiety, and pain, women's health, GI disorders and allergies. She has studied balance method with Dr. Tan, the Mei Zen Cosmestic acupuncture system, the Battlefiield Acupuncture protocol for pain management and is currently studying Chinese language.
Sarah is on the board of the Acupuncture Society of Virginia (ASVA). She is also a member of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) and the Del Ray Business Association (DRBA). She is licensed to practice in VA: license ##0121000459
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