Acupuncture. Herbal Remedies. Bodywork. Nutrition Counseling.

Services

Kitty practices integrative health care using acupuncture, herbal remedies, bodywork and nutritional and mental health counseling.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient technique in which a skilled practitioner inserts hair-thin needles into specific points on the body to prevent or treat illness. Practiced for over 2,500 years in China, where it originated, acupuncture is part of the holistic system of Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM, which views health as a constantly changing flow of energy, or qi (pronounced "chee"). In TCM, imbalances in this natural flow of energy are thought to result in disease. Acupuncture aims to restore health by improving the flow of qi.

According to the principles of TCM, qi flows through the body via 14 primary meridians or channels. To strengthen the flow of qi, or remove blockages in the meridians, an acupuncturist inserts a number of tiny, sterile, flexible needles just under the skin at certain specific points (called acupoints) along the channels. There are four to five hundred named acupoints along the meridians, some of which are associated with specific internal organs or organ systems. If you are suffering from nausea, for example, needles might be inserted into acupoints on your wrist, while a vision problem might be treated with needles in the foot (additional ear, scalp, and hand points are also commonly used by some practitioners.)

Acupuncture practitioners believe that the therapy stimulates the body's internal regulatory system and nurtures a natural healing response.

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Herbal Remedies

Kitty spent 4 years of Chinese herbal training at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. This included a two year internship in the herbal apothecary. She continued her studies with Dr. Lowdog, M.D. a Native American herbalist and western internist. Kitty continues her herbal studies through Blue Poppy Herbs.

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Bodywork

Kitty attended the Potomac Myotherapy Institute in the mid 1980's. She later received the Baltimore Magazine's Best Of Baltimore Massage Therapist. During her Oriental Medicine training, students were taught meridian massage. Kitty integrates bodywork with her acupuncture when appropriate.

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Counseling

Kitty studied Counselling Psychology at Loyola College and spent three years as a mental health counselor at Sheppard Pratt Hospital. She has also worked at an acute care facility in Oregon.

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Fees for Services

Initial 2 Hour Session - $175
Follow-up 1.25 Sessions - $125

Initial sessions include a medical history and lifestyle review as well as an acupuncture treatment. An appropriate treatment plan will then be developed for the individual. Follow up sessions include an acupuncture treament as well as a soft tissue treatment, as needed.

Payment is due at time of service in the form of check, cash or credit card.

Consideration for hardship. A medical bill will be given to you for submission to your insurance company for reimbursement.

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