Energy is our foundation. Energy is the underlying force behind our organs, tissues, cells, molecules, and atoms. To promote healing and overall wellness, our energy needs to remain in balance. Many people suffer from hidden emotional and energy blockages that sap vitality and make it harder for the body to heal and sustain itself, and we all suffer from stress in one form or another. LivAwareMD’s energy practitioners offer highly effective healing sessions and therapies that reset your energy flow and remove both energetic and emotional blockages in your body.
ChiropracticChiropractic care benefits the alignment of your spine, in addition to your mind, body, and soul. This form of treatment focuses on improving health by making adjustments to the structural aspects of body function related to muscular systems, skeletal systems and connective tissue. The holistic approach to chiropractic practiced at LivAwareMD focuses on the whole patient and the whole family and can benefit anyone from the very young to the very old. From preconception to birth, chiropractic can assist with fertility challenges, recurrent losses, morning sickness, aches and pains, and shortening labor. Gentle chiropractic manipulation throughout a child’s development can decrease stress on the nervous system, strengthen the immune system, enhance sleep, and improve moods. Sports chiropractic adjustments increase athletic performance, reduce injuries, and shorten recovery time, benefiting marathoners, body builders, yoga practitioners, triathletes, dancers and golfers alike.
ReflexologyReflexology is a science based on the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands that correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. Based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, the practitioner uses the thumb and fingers to apply pressure to these reflex areas. Reflexology relieves stress and deeply relaxes the body. By helping to unblock nerve impulse pathways, stimulating circulation and cleansing the body of toxins and impurities, reflexology renews energy and helps the body achieve balance naturally. Reflexology is a serious advance in the health field and should not be confused with massage. Although reflexology is not used to diagnose or cure health disorders, millions of people around the world use it to complement other treatments when addressing any number of medical conditions including stress-related disorders, digestive problems, cardiovascular issues, headaches and migraines, diabetes, insomnia, hormonal imbalances, pain management, and arthritis.
Acupuncture, one of the major modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is among the world’s oldest forms of holistic medicine. Originating in China well over 2,000 years ago, this ancient healing method employs extremely fine needles at selected points on the body to stimulate the flow of vital energy, known as qi (“chee”). According to classical Chinese medical theory, blockages, weaknesses, and disharmonies in the qi underpin all ill health. Rebalancing and revitalizing qi flow in the organs and meridians (energy pathways) is thus key to both restoring and maintaining health. Acupuncture intervenes directly in the meridian system to accomplish these goals.
Used for centuries as both preventive and therapeutic medicine, acupuncture addresses a vast array of health concerns. These include acute and chronic pain, many internal medicine conditions, specialty areas such as women’s health, psychological and emotional issues, addictive behaviors, and “vague” complaints that often go unrecognized by Western medicine. TCM also emphasizes disease prevention and life enhancement, with strategies and therapies for maintaining health and increasing vitality. So even in the absence of major health concerns, acupuncture can be used for wellness “tune-ups” to enhance performance, reduce stress reactions, increase energy, boost immunity, and promote general well-being.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine, like acupuncture, constitutes one of the major branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Developed over thousands of years of Chinese history, TCM and its herbal tradition continue to evolve today and are now practiced around the world. Herbal medicine addresses a broad spectrum of health conditions, including acute and chronic pain, stress, insomnia, arthritis, headaches, digestive complaints, respiratory problems, gynecologic and urologic concerns, and psychological issues.
Chinese herbology is not folk medicine but a literate, systematized, and highly refined method that employs detailed analyses of herbal properties, actions, and uses. All of this information is organized and unified by TCM’s overarching theoretical framework. Of nearly 6,000 herbs in the Chinese medicine repertoire, between 500 and 1,000 are used with any frequency, and these in particular have been classified, studied intensively, and subjected to centuries of carefully observed clinical use. Most herbs have multiple uses but are classified according to what is judged their strongest application.
The vast majority of prescriptions come as formulas, generally of four to 18 ingredients, that offer potent therapeutic benefits without producing undesirable side effects. The creation of balanced combinations derived from well-elaborated therapeutic principles is, in fact, what most distinguishes Chinese medicine from other herbal methods. Skilled practitioners may select from among hundreds of classic or modern formulas, or may create customized prescriptions that are tailored to the patient’s specific presentation and modified or changed altogether as the picture changes.