CLASSICAL CHINESE ACUPUNCTURE is an ancient holistic medical system and embraces many Chinese medical traditions. It utilizes a complete theoretical and clinical understanding of the acupuncture meridians. Rooted in principles from ancient Chinese medicine text, importance is given to physiological, psycho-spiritual, philosophical, and theological aspects of Chinese medicine.
Dr. Babbie, (trained in Classical Chinese Acupuncture), generally combines Acupuncture with other healing modalities when working with her patients. As a Classical Acupuncture practitioner she has an understanding of the nature and development of health and illness and have the ability to treat a broad range of conditions.
The practice of Acupuncture involves the stimulation of specified energetic points throughout the body. The purpose of this stimulation is to assist the body in its regulation and flow of vital life-force energy or “Qi”. With Classical Acupuncture treatments, specific attention is paid to insertion and manipulation of each needle, and to the resulting intricate changes to the flow of Qi in the channels of the patient. Specific meridians correlate with structures and organs within the body; if there is a blockage within a meridian, acupuncture helps release this blockage, which in turn positively effects the correlating organ or bodily structure. This modality of Classical Chinese Medicine has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years.
Acupuncture is a process. Our doctors see best results when patients commit to a course of treatment. They have generally found that one session per week for four weeks works best, as they continue to review your progress. Depending on your progression the appointments may taper off to a couple times per month or once a month. Monthly “wellness” treatments are recommended to keep you in good health. Acupuncture can also be used in an acute manner to restore balance.
Acupuncture is recognized by the World Heath Organization (WHO) and the National Institute for Health (NIH) to be effective in treating a wide range of common medical conditions, including but not limited to; EENT, respiratory, neurological and/or musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, urogenital, gynecological, circulatory, and emotional disorders, as well as successfully providing supportive therapy for cancer, weight management, and chronic illness.
Dr. Babbie Lester received Master of Science in Oriental Medicine – MSOM (in addition to their Naturopathic Doctor degrees) at National College of Natural Medicine. The MSOM program is the most comprehensive training in classical Chinese medicine offered in the US. In this four-year, 3,474 hour/226 credit program, students are immersed in the classical foundations of the medicine, receive a holistic education in Western medical sciences, and are trained in the clinical application of the major modalities of Chinese medicine — herbal formulation, acupuncture, moxibustion, bodywork, qi gong and nutrition.