As a child, I was always drawn to medicine. I fell in love with acupuncture, as I was nearing the end of my undergraduate studies in Nutrition, when an acupuncturist came to speak on Chinese medicine. It struck a chord with me in an instant, as she spoke and demonstrated tongue and pulse diagnosis. For centuries they have realized that the tongue and pulse can reveal the depth and nature of an imbalance in the body. For example, the tip of the tongue represents the lung and the heart, while the middle of the tongue represents the stomach and the spleen. By looking at the color, shape, and coating you can discover details about the different organs. I was, and still am completely captivated by the brilliance and magnificence of Chinese Medicine.
I went on to study with two different acupuncturists who taught me basic theory, and how to needle. Acupuncture is the ancient Chinese art of stimulating specific points on your skin, with tiny needles, in order to correct imbalances in the flow of qi (also known as chi) through channels known as meridians. (Qi can quite easily be translated as ‘life force’ or energy flow, and is believed to be the active principle in all living things). As I heard them speak on being cured of herniated discs and asthma, I soon realized that acupuncture is extremely powerful, and this was the direction I was headed. I found it to be a true, genuine, responsible healing that stimulates the body’s innate healing capacity, and corrects imbalances at the root.
Acupuncture is an anomaly. It uses needles to regulate the circulation of qi, and it works ridiculously well for healing so many different ailments. It’s both a science, and an art form. It is hard to describe the peculiar esoteric space you are in during an acupuncture session, which can make you laugh, cry, or feel totally at peace. I invite you to come in and experience one.
I started reading a book called, ‘Green Medicine: Challenging the Assumptions of Conventional Care’ written by Larry Malerba, D.O. and became completely inspired all over again. It’s a great book in its entirety, but what really stood out for me was how he describes medicine that is powered by love, grounded in spiritual awareness, and working with the laws and forces of nature… qi. Another bubble pop! I contacted Larry Malerba and told him about the practice I was doing here on Maui, and kindly asked his permission to use the name for my clinic, which I opened up last month in Haiku. My main objective at Green Medicine is to be more effective, and give people options other than what I believe to be unnecessary drugs and surgeries.
There are so many answers to be found in Chinese medicine from acupuncture, cupping (ancient form of healing that stimulates blood flow), Chinese herbs, diet therapy, and emotional kinesiology (uses muscle feedback and body awareness). These forms of medicine are gentle and can be used to treat children, pregnant women, as well as the young and the old. I am excited to share what I have learned, and love working with children – helping them to get back in balance.
Jessica Montana is delighted to offer her services in the heart of Haiku for you and your family. She is working with a full line of pediatric Chinese herbal formulas so your keiki can stay healthy and you can too. The beautiful zen lounge gives you a chance to totally disconnect from the external world. Call 269-5615 or come in and Qi! http://www.greenmedicinemaui.com
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