Pam Thomas, D.Ac., L.Ac.
“The opportunity to experience yourself differently is always available.”
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the oldest and most commonly practiced medical system in the world and is currently used by at least one third of the world’s population as a primary health care system. While relatively new in the West, more people throughout history have been treated by acupuncture than any other system of medicine.
This ancient method of healing is based on natural laws describing the movement of energy in nature and the body. This life force, called Qi, flows through the body in channels similar to rivers moving through the earth. Health is promoted when the qi in the body is full and moving properly. Illness can begin when the qi is blocked or otherwise out of balance. Thin sterile needles are inserted at various points to treat underlying imbalances and promote harmony within the body.
All of us have this powerful ability to heal ourselves, but our busy lives have caused most of us to lose touch with this.
Why should I use it?
As a holistic medicine, acupuncture addresses you at all levels of your being—body, mind and spirit—rather than seeing you as just a machine in need of repair. If the focus remains at the symptomatic level, often the underlying reason for the imbalance will remain unresolved. No one symptom indicates the same imbalance for all people. By treating you at a deeper level, acupuncture seeks to comprehensively remedy the true, underlying condition rather than offer a temporary fix. For this reason, acupuncture is effective for a wide range of conditions, and can support a person in a much broader way than strictly physical.
The effectiveness of acupuncture has been endorsed by both the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization. The NIH advocates acupuncture as having extremely low possibility and frequency of side effects. The WHO recognizes acupuncture for the treatment of over 50 common medical conditions.
How will I know it’s working?
Most people come to treatment with a specific complaint; those who have tried acupuncture report additional benefits including:
- Being sick less often/recovering more quickly
- Improvement/abatement of initial symptoms
- Improvement in the quality of personal relationships
- Lower medical costs
- Fewer visits to physicians
- Less extreme changes in mood
Your body is wise and it communicates its wisdom to you through the symptoms that you have. The ultimate goal of acupuncture treatment is to help you prevent illness by recognizing the early signs of imbalance.
The Greek physician Hippocrates, considered the father of modern medicine, said, “The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.”
A special word for those in military and law enforcement…
Strongly felt emotions impact our health and our well-being, leaving us more vulnerable to chronic illness, headaches, allergies, insomnia, PMS or catching a cold or the flu. They also lead us to self-medicate with alcohol, drugs, or other destructive tendencies. Combat deployment or similar situations takes a toll on the whole family; tending any one family member helps everyone.
Acupuncture from one who has a background with the military and law enforcement experience can more effectively address pain and stress-related physical symptoms as well as soothe the worry, anxiety, fear, frustration or grief experienced by duty personnel and their loved ones before, during and after the most stressful of times. Those who are responsible for protecting the rest of us will find well-deserved solace and understanding in the treatment room.
The first visit of consultation and diagnosis is 1.5-2 hours, $150. Subsequent visits are up to one hour, $85. Payment is in cash or personal check; please inquire about variable rates for times of financial hardship.
For further information
Pam Thomas is a graduate of Tai Sophia Institute, the oldest Five Element (aka Worsley) style acupuncture school in the U.S., combining deep attention to my client’s spiritual beliefs with the presenting physical and/or emotional symptoms. She has been a devotee of 5E Acupuncture since 2001, when otherwise inexplicable symptoms cleared up through treatment. Blending diverse worlds, Pam is a retired federal law enforcement officer and spent seven months deployed to Camp Victory, Iraq, where she advised on regional threat strategies, and introduced acupuncture and yoga to the military and civilian personnel stationed there. Pam also has a background in addictions treatment with 200 hours of addiction recovery acupuncture services; In addition to a practice on humans, Pam is a graduate of the Tai Sophia program for animal acupuncture and certified to treat five species.