Choose Your Path to Wellness
Acupuncture is the use of very thin, stainless-steel needles to help facilitate wellness by specifically targeting insertion points on the body. Be assured, Path to Wellness only uses sterilized, individually packaged, disposable needles, which are much smaller than needles traditionally used in western medical practices. By strategically placing the needles, the Reno acupuncture practitioner is able to stimulate key energy points that regulate physical, mental and emotional balance. By facilitating balance, the Reno acupuncture practitioner aims to address, alter and correct the health condition being treated, which can range from common illness and acute pain to digestive problems, insomnia and hormone imbalances. Traditionally, acupuncture has been used to help properly recirculate energy (or “Qi,” pronounced “chee”) along pathways in the body called meridians. The modern scientific explanation for acupuncture’s effectiveness is that it stimulates the body’s nervous, circulatory and immune systems. This stimulation prompts the release of naturally occurring chemicals in the body that promote healing, as well as endorphins and serotonin, which naturally reduce pain and positively affect one’s mood. Acupuncture originated in China and has been one of the main medical practices in the Orient for over 2,000 years. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine continue to grow in popularity in western cultures as the medical community further solidifies the practices as effective in treating a variety of conditions. For a list of conditions commonly treated by acupuncture, click here.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
For thousands of years, Chinese medicine has been a holistic approach to health that focuses on restoring the body to its balanced state. When in a balanced state, we are more energetic, at ease and better able to cope with everyday stresses. Unlike many western medical practices that address symptoms without addressing the underlying cause, Chinese medicine focused on identifying the root cause(s) of a patient’s condition or ailment. Because pharmaceuticals typically only treat a patient’s symptoms, they often lose their effectiveness over time, not to mention pharmaceuticals are also commonly accompanied with uncomfortable or harmful side effects. Dr. McKenney pulls from her vast experience and education in Chinese medical practices to target the root causes of her clients’ conditions. Dr. McKenney’s goal with every patient is to restore the whole body to wellness—to the point where further treatments can eventually become unnecessary.
Herbal medicine can often be a safe, effective alternative to prescription medications. Herbs have served as nature’s medicine for countless centuries in virtually every culture. Every herb has its own specific properties and is related to a meridian in the body. Reno acupuncture treatments at Path to Wellness are often supplemented with an herbal prescription. As a licensed herbologist, Dr. McKenney can prescribe herbal medicines that heal and powerfully complement other treatments. While natural, herbs are still complex chemical compounds similar to other prescription drugs and should be used with the knowledge of a licensed herbalist.
As in many of the practices used in Eastern Medicine, cupping has ancient roots. There is some evidence that suggests Egyptians were using it over 3,000 years ago; it was also practiced by Hippocrates in ancient Greece. However, it was in the Far East that cupping was developed into what it is today. The practice is based on the philosophy of energy moving throughout the body. This energy can become stagnant and create blockages.
Physically, cupping opens the skin’s pores, to stimulate blood flow. This allows for improved circulation and the processing of toxins from the body. On an energetic level, cupping removes blockages and frees energy pathways. When Qi (pronounced “chi”) is flowing at a healthy rate throughout the body, illness and long-lasting conditions can be dramatically reduced.
The cupping procedure is performed by placing heated jars onto the skin’s surface. The difference in temperature lowers the pressure in the jar, gently pulling the skin. Much like acupuncture, the placement of these jars depends on the specific issues you are having and the correlating energy points.
Cupping is a trusted and safe treatment used for a variety of conditions, from upper respiratory problems to simply relieving tension. In the hands of our knowledgeable and skilled practitioner, it is an effective form of alternative medicine and is often included in our Reno acupuncture practice.
Moxa, or Mugwort, is an herb used in moxibustion, a therapy that involves the burning of herbs at acupuncture points. It’s such an integral part of Chinese medicine that the Chinese word “zhenjiu,” while translated as “acupuncture,” actually means “acupuncture and moxa-burning.” The sensation of warmth in burning moxa can be very relaxing, and the heat never gets close enough to the skin to burn.