Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine
Amy Mager, DACM, Licensed Acupuncturist, Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), Certified Hypnotist, & Lactation Counselor
Amy Mager, DACM, Lic. Ac., Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM) facilitates long-term physical, spiritual, and emotional health through natural and integrative health methods, including Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine to support Fertility, Pregnancy, Postpartum, Acute and Chronic Pain, Lactation and support for Women’s Health. Amy’s practice integrates acupuncture, herbal medicine, ear seeds, moxibustion, sho ni shin (Japanese no-needle technique), Chinese food therapy, hypnosis.
Amy may use acupuncture, dry needling, cupping, moxa and trigger point acupuncture as part of her treatment plan.
How does Chinese Medicine Work?
Chinese Herbal Medicine has been utilized for over 3,000 years, and has provided us with a unique and holistic approach to help prevent and treat disease. Traditional Chinese Medicine ultimately relies on the body’s natural healing ability to maintain health and heal disease. Amy works as part of an integrative team with respect for all medicines.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Techniques
Amy also uses additional techniques to provide care for her patients, including Traditional Chinese Medicine, Moxibustion, Gua Sha, Cupping, and Visualization, among others. Amy sees patients on both a short-term and long-term basis based on need. She works one on one with you to develop a treatment plan to address your particular symptoms.
Fertility, Women’s Health, IVF, Pregnancy Support
Amy specializes in Fertility, Pregnancy, Postpartum, Women’s Health Care and Acute and Chronic Pain. Amy is available for support around IUI and IVF treatments. Acupuncture increases the likelihood of a baby to term by 30+ % in both of these cases. Contact Amy for more information about using acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in conception planning, challenges with fertility, pregnancy and postpartum care.
Cancer and Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine works to help the body heal itself. When cells are getting information to overproduce, there is an imbalance that can be addressed with Chinese Medicine while you are also seeing an allopathic physician to treat you. Chinese Medicine can help with the side effects of Chemotherapy, Radiation, Tamoxifen, etc.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine also address issues such as fatigue and nausea. Fatigue and Nausea are common side effects and working to increase your strength and vitality and decrease nausea will both help you feel better and heal more quickly.
Integrative medicine, combining bio medicine with acupuncture with traditional Chinese medicine, supports patients to experience the best healing possible with all available medicines.
Acupuncture and Science
To the human body, acupuncture needles are a physical stimulus. In Western science, a stimulus is defined as a detectable change in either the external environment or within the body itself. When the body detects change, it produces a response. The science is clear: Evidence-Based Nonpharmacologic Strategies for Comprehensive Pain Care: The Consortium Pain Task Force White Paper
Although acupuncture is not yet fully understood by Western science, modern technology is enabling scientists to actually begin to “see” the body’s response to acupuncture. For example, researchers have shown through MRIs that when a needle is inserted at specific acupuncture points on the body, corresponding changes occur in the brain and specific meridians. In the West, acupuncture is most well-known for its ability to relieve pain, so the majority of research thus far has been done in this area. There are over 20.000 research papers on the Cochrane Review.
Acupuncture points stimulate the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release pain-relieving chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord and brain. Acupuncture may also stimulate other chemicals to be released by the brain, including hormones that influence the self-regulating system of the body.
Acupuncture has been demonstrated to be effective in addressing:
- Chemotherapy Recovery
- Fertility Challenges
- Headaches, Tension Headaches & Migraines
- Low Back Pain
- Nausea due chemotherapy, morning sickness, with opiate withdrawl, acute injuries
- Postpartum Support
- Pregnancy-related Hypertension
- Premenstrual Syndrome
- Radiation therapy Recovery
- Recovery from Illness
- Recovery from Surgery
- Shoulder Pain
- Smoking Cessassion
- Sprains/Strains Injuries
- VBAC Support
- Weight Loss
Women’s Wellness Community Style Acupuncture Clinic at the Wellness House
The Women’s Wellness Community Clinic is currently closed due to COVID-19 and will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.
Amy also sees patients at the Women’s Wellness Community-Style Acupuncture Clinic in The Wellness House. This clinic is for women-identified patients only in a quiet, group setting. Please wear comfortable clothes that easily move to your elbows and knees. All treatments are $40-25. When possible, people are encouraged to have one private appointment at the Wellness House to have time and space for a thorough assessment for serious conditions before attending the clinic. You will receive compassionate care in an affordable, mindful group environment at the clinic. See Amy’s Bio.