Traditional Chinese medicine, which includes the four pillars of acupuncture, herbal medicine, Tui Na (massage) and Qi Gong (exercise), is a medical paradigm that has been practiced for over 3,000 years. It addresses the body as a whole, rather than treating only specific, isolated symptoms associated with disease.
The philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine is that our bodies and minds need and desire a certain level of homeostasis—the tendency of the body to seek and maintain equilibrium—to maintain health and fend off illness. However, many factors can disrupt that homeostasis and can cause a blocked flow of energy which can lead to pain, lack of organ function or general illness.
Acupuncture aims to restore the body’s natural balance and gently elicit homeostasis. By stimulating specific anatomical sites, acupuncture can release blocked energy, settle our minds and stimulate organ function, thereby improving bodily functions and promoting the natural self-healing process.
Modern research has demonstrated that acupuncture has a positive effect on our nervous, endocrine, immune, cardiovascular and digestive systems. It can mitigate symptoms related to a number of conditions, ranging from auto-immune disorders to depression and anxiety.
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Erin Kumpf, L.Ac
Our in-house acupuncturist, Erin Kumpf, L.Ac, holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City. She is nationally certified as a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in both acupuncture and herbology. Erin has traveled and worked abroad in the mountains of Guatemala treating the native Mayan community with acupuncture, has assisted women in labor in the birthing unit of Lutheran Hospital in Brooklyn, and has worked at the St. John’s Riverside Hospital in NYC, in their drug and alcohol detoxification center. Though trained as a general practitioner, Erin is particularly interested in working with pain management, fertility and women’s health, pediatrics and general internal disorders.