My Approach - Chronic Disease

Have you been sick for a long time? Have you visited different doctors, only to be given medication with side effects, or told there is nothing wrong, or told that your discomfort, pain, or suffering is considered normal? Perhaps it's a weak ankle that never felt the same after you sprained it 10 years ago. Or maybe you've had chronic stomach pain, but nobody knows why. Or possibly you have a diagnosis (or multiple ones) but the treatments you've received only help you cope, instead of helping you truly heal. You need to know that our bodies (and our minds) are powerful and resilient: you can get better.

Here at Awakened Healing my focus is on treating the person, not the symptom or the disease. Especially in chronic conditions focusing only on symptoms or disease will never resolve the root cause of illness. Many of us have chronic conditions, issues that may come and go but don't ever completely resolve. This is because there is a residue of some kind lingering inside us, which can be called trauma. This could originate in a physical injury, an episode of the flu, or a stressful emotional experience. The energy mobilized by the body to meet the threatening experience becomes stuck, unable to be discharged. By going to the root cause of disease and resolving this stuck trauma we can then allow our innate healing abilities to work properly. 

This trauma can be retained in multiple ways. It can be held physically in the tissue of the body, resulting in chronically tight muscles or fascial adhesions (similar or identical to scar tissue). This leads to areas of low blood flow, structural misalignment, and other issues. The nervous system is also involved, as it is locked into believing the original threat is still there, which leads to poor organ function, nervous tension, anxiety, depression, and more. Physical or emotional events can trigger these neural patterns, leading back to increased muscle tension or organ malfunction, thus creating a feedback loop that is difficult to resolve.

From a Chinese medicine perspective, trauma becomes lodged in the body and mind when there is insufficient vitality to either defend against it or expel it after it has entered. If it cannot be pushed out, it is held at bay using the various resources the body has available, such as Qi, Blood, or Essence. As the daily stresses of life wear down the vitality this trauma, or pathogen, can move deeper and deeper into the body. When the body still has adequate resources there may not be any symptoms, but eventually difficulties start to arise, both physical and psycho-emotional. 

Treatment can and should be multifaceted. At the physical level, manually stretching and manipulating the muscles, joints, and connective tissues can release old patterns. Exercises such as stretching or Qi Gong can help shake things loose. Acupuncture brings awareness to areas in the form of stimulation to the peripheral nervous system, relaxing tight muscles, increasing blood flow, and disrupting unhelpful patterns in the nervous system. Homeopathy and herbs help regulate the entire body and mind from the inside, helping the various systems of the body flow more smoothly. Willingness to change lifestyle habits helps to reinforce these new patterns. There are many options to choose from.

You can read more about the two great systems of medicine I practice on their respective pages: Naturopathic Medicine and Chinese Medicine

Associated Conditions
  • Chronic headaches and migraines
  • Environmental and seasonal allergies
  • Hypothyroid and autoimmune thyroid problems
  • Asthma
  • Cardiovascular disease and hypertension
  • Nausea, heartburn, ulcers
  • Irritable bowel syndrome, chronic diarrhea or constipation
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Food allergies and sensitivities
  • Menstrual complaints: PMS, pain, heavy bleeding, mood changes
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids and cysts
  • Acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions
  • Musculoskeletal pain and chronic injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety and depression
  • And much more.

If you have questions about a specific condition, about what I do, or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact me. If you are ready to make an appointment, you can schedule one here. Initial intakes are 2 hours and follow up visits are 1 hour. If you are unsure about working with me I offer 15 minute consultations – by phone or in person – so you can see if we would be a good fit.