Weddington Wellness Offers Acupuncture
By Dr. Lisa A. Merritt, D.C., C.T.N., C.Ac.
What Does Acupuncture Help With?
- Musculoskeletal Pain/Nerve
- Menstrual Pain
- Digestive Issues
- Weight Loss/Gain
- Chemotherapy Relief
- Temporal Mandibular Jaw Pain
- Sinus Issues/Allergies
- Hormone Imbalances
- Bell’s Palsy/Neuropathy
- Blood Pressure Issues
- Immune Deficiencies
Acupuncture is derived from eastern philosophical thinking that applies the concepts of yin-yang and the five elements. Ancient physicians documented the body’s pulse, blood, body fluids, and correlations of seasons, winds, vitality, flavors, etc., to the adaptation to the environment. This equal and opposite forces (Yin Yang), exist as hot and cold, up and down, open or close, big or small of every element on earth as a balance. In nature, the seasons, climate, elements, colors, along with all functions of the human body all intertwine. This is a universal order of harmony that God created. When this healing energy is not in harmony, a dis-ease state begins. This energy in the body is called “Chi”. The “Chi” flows as a link to pathways or meridians that relate and communicate to the entire body. If a meridian is “sick” it cannot allow Chi to flow and pain or sickness sets in.
Acupuncture is part of a vast ancient knowledge of Eastern medicine and is a well-respected method of therapy throughout our country and the world. Unlike conventional routes that use machinery and technology to detect pathologies, eastern medicine (corresponding with Chiropractic), observes signs of pre-illness states before it becomes a pathology.
Dr. Lisa A. Merritt, D.C., C.T.N., C.Ac.
Dr. Lisa A. Merritt, D.C., C.T.N., C.Ac., became board certified in Acupuncture in 1999. In addition to this, she also has a degree as a Chiropractic physician since 1980 and is board certified naturopathic physician since 1999. Dr. Merritt is passionate about the benefits of acupuncture and continues to stay current by attending seminars and reading advanced teachings. She expands her practice of acupuncture by integrating holistic methods as a diverse choice of healing for her patients. As a wellness, holistic practitioner, Dr. Merritt treats many patients with a wide array of complimentary therapies. With tremendous results relieving multiple ailments, it will be her honor to assist you to your path for optimum health.
As Dr. Merritt chooses the appropriate meridians, she will apply fine needles on these acupuncture points. Dr. Merritt may also consider non-needling techniques that are called Teishin, Pa Chi quartz pen, Guasha, Tui na, and Shiatsu. For those who are uncomfortable of the use of needles, non-needled techniques can be used with a smooth stone, cold laser, electro microcurrent, massage and acupressure. Dr. Merritt’s training has followed Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Classical Acupuncture and Master Tan’s Balance Si Yuan method to provide a unique and specific acupuncture treatment.
Your First Visit
On your initial visit for acupuncture, an entry form is given to document what symptoms you have that relate to the meridians of the body. Gowns are available for every appointment; however, loose clothing is advised since most points will be needled (or even the non-punctured method) on the lower leg and arms. Dr. Merritt may also analyze the temperature, pulse and pain sensitivity. The tongue and nails are observed for weaknesses or excesses. The symptoms that influence illness are recorded and documented. Dr. Merritt will then awaken the body with acupuncture needles on meridians that influence the organs and the body’s disruption. Your body is treated as a whole as these points interconnect. You will relax in a serene setting. Aromatherapy essential oils, magnets and sound therapy are applied. Some patients learn breathing techniques, prayer/visualization and color applications.
The treatment schedule may take 6-12 visits over 1-2 months to get to the core issue, but oftentimes, relief can be felt at the first visit. The sessions last from 30-45 minutes. The points may be sensitive when receiving treatment yet it is encouraged to establish and improve the Chi flow for healing to take place. Often times, the symptomatic pain is reduced at the first visit. This combination of care is a holistic approach that our office greatly encourages. Health is ALWAYS a structural, chemical and emotional approach and must always be included with all conditions.