Acupuncture by Donation
We are offering an acupuncture by donation day at St. Andrew’s church to increase awareness for those who may be suffering from various mental, physical or spiritual disharmonies, and would like to know more about potential benefit from acupuncture treatment. All with sincere intent are welcome, and may sign-up for one of the groups below, may request a group series for a specific condition, or may schedule an informational consult, without committing to receiving acupuncture treatment.
Supportive Group Acupuncture for those with Cancer: 9-10am
Group Acupuncture for those with Parkinson’s Group: 12-1p
Practitioner: Sarah C. Mowdy, MSOM. L.Ac.
Location: St. Andrew’s Church
100 Arryo Pinon Dr.
Sedona, AZ 86336
For more information or to schedule an appointment,
call Sarah: 928-963-1751
Traditional Oriental Medicine Theory, Clinical Practice and Scientific Research indicate that Acupuncture may be helpful in mitigating Parkinson’s symptoms:
Traditional Chinese Medical approach to Parkinson’s Disease
In terms of In terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Parkinson’s disease is often considered to arise from a relative imbalance of the Liver and Kidneys. Tremors arise when the Fluid, Yin or Blood aspect of the Liver (and Kidney) is depleted. When depleted of vital fluids, the Liver fails to nourish and moisten the tendons and ligaments; internal Wind then arises in the empty space within the vessels, shaking the empty sinews, causing tremors, stiffness and lack of fluid movement. Tremors, tics, dizziness, vertigo, unsteady gait, loss of balance, ringing in the ears, scattered thought, confusion and numbness all may then manifest. In many instances of Parkinson’s Disease, the Kidney Yin and Essence are also often depleted. The marrow of the bones, spinal cord and brain do not receive vital nutrients, resulting in loss of coordination, lack of groundedness, poor memory, weakened cognition and diminished vision and hearing.
Oriental Medicine facilitates healing for those with Parkinson’s by restoring and replenishing the Liver and Kidney systems. Depending on level and frequency of care, many of the most pressing symptoms can be lessened; strength, balance and steadiness can be regained and overall well-being can be improved. By dissolving underlying resistance, resolving fears and re-establishing a sense of trust, inner peacefulness may predominate, whether or not external symptoms dissipate.
There are many western scientific research articles assessing experiential benefits of individuals with Parkinson’s Disease.
Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder characterized by neural defects in the substantia nigra.Researchers, Yeo et al. discovered that in twelve patients with Parkinson’s, acupuncture at specific points that influence the tendons, facilitate fluid movement and remove obstructions impeding the flow of qi blood increased neural response within the brain areas affected in Parkinson’s patients such as, the substantia nigra, caudate, thalamus, and putamen. These findings confirmed previous studies that demonstrate the therapeutic benefits of specific acupuncture on the tendino-musculature; therefore, reducing symptoms such as tremors and gait issues in those with Parkinson’s.
(Yeo S, Lim S, Choe IH, Choi YG, Chung KC, Jahng GH, Kim SH. Acupuncturestimulation on GB34 activates neural responses associated with Parkinson’s disease. CNS Neurosci Ther. 2012 Sep;18(9):781-90. Department of Meridian & Acupoint, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea.)