with Krissy Barritt
RN, L.Ac, TCM Practitioner
Make an appointment: 303.351.2427
Acupuncture is the practice of inserting sterile, single use, fine, filiform (solid) needles into the skin at specific points around the body to illicit a response. Points are selected for their therapeutic actions. We talk about the flow of Qi (energy) in the body through the meridians, and we use the needles to make suggestions to the body to balance itself out. Western medicine doesn’t yet understand the mechanism around why it works, but current research shows there are changes at the cellular level and when certain points are needled, specific areas of the brain show activity.
Krissy also uses other treatments during her appointments. Here are descriptions of some of her other treatments:
Cupping is an adjunct therapy often used with acupuncture. A vacuum is created usually with glass cups (plastic pump cups are also used typically on areas harder to get to with the glass cups like the neck and Achilles tendon). Often, cupping is used over muscular areas to move Qi and blood (increase circulation), reduce swelling, relieve pain, and break up adhesions. Cupping can be beneficial not only for sports medicine but also for respiratory issues, digestion, menstrual issues, and more.
After cupping, ecause of the vacuum, the area that is cupped will range from barely pink to very dark depending on the level of stagnation. Cupping marks may last from a day or two to several days.
It’s not as painful as it sounds! Most patients say it feels like a deep massage and find it quite pleasant.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) foods have specific properties, meaning they can be hot/cold, warming/cooling, neutral, blood building, damp dispelling, etc. When TCM practitioners make diet recommendations, we take into account your constitution and your TCM diagnosis. Western nutrition is a little different in the sense that the same “healthy” foods are suggested across the board for everyone. While that may seem like a good idea in theory, depending on health conditions, digestive ability, and over all compliance, one-size-fits-all does not work.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine has been around for well over 3,000 years. We often use ”patent” formulas (pressed powder tablets or tea pills) for compliance and ease of use, but in some cases we may prescribe raw formulas to be decocted at home or granules (or powders) to be mixed with warm water and comsumed as a tea. In many cases, herbal medicine does not produce the side effects that pharmaceuticals do. We may also suggest external topicals to be used for musculoskeletal issues.