STRESS MANAGEMENT FROM A CHINESE MEDICAL PERSPECTIVE

January 5, 2021

by Vivian Takafuji, PhD, LAc, Dipl OM
 
The stresses of living in a pandemic can take a tremendous toll on our health. For some, the psycho-emotional fears and worries for ourselves and others close to us can manifest as sleep disturbance, digestive complaints, acute or chronic pain, constant anxiety or depression. For others affected by the virus, the physical toll on their immune, respiratory and neurological systems is great and as ongoing data is showing, can have long-term effects.
 
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) works by balancing our bodies at the psyche, emotional and physical levels. It is truly a holistic practice that takes the entire patient’s health into consideration. A thorough diagnosis based on Chinese medical theory is made after reading the tongue and pulses which provides a “snapshot” of the internal condition. Combined with a health history intake and discussion of current symptoms, the TCM practitioner can assist in improving the overall well-being of the patient. During a treatment, patients often report a sense of profound relaxation and euphoria as stuck energies are released and rebalanced in the body. Follow up visits are recommended to continue the course of treatment of the particular conditions being addressed. In addition, Chinese herbal prescriptions can be given upon request or on recommendation when deemed appropriate.
 
Come in for an initial evaluation at Thrive Proactive Health and see for yourself how a Chinese medical approach can be helpful to mitigate the stressors of modern life. Although Vivian does not directly treat COVID-19, she works to best support a patient’s capacity to cope with the stressors that can lower immunity and the body’s ability to naturally fight off the virus. Do something good and positive for yourself this season and schedule today!
 

by Vivian Takafuji, PhD, LAc, Dipl OM

Vivian earned a Master’s of Acupuncture and a Master ‘s of Chinese Herbalism degree from Southwest Acupuncture College, Boulder campus.
 
Vivian is certified as a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine issued by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is certified in Clean Needle Technique and is licensed to perform acupuncture in the Commonwealth of Virginia through the Board of Medicine. Other degrees include a Master’s of Medical Qigong and a Doctorate in biomedical research.

Vivian is dedicated to the practice of the holistic healing arts and draws upon Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to address health concerns and improve well-being. TCM theories are used to identify the “root” of a health condition, rather than treating only the “branches” or clinical symptoms. Her goal is to integrate complementary treatment strategies with Western medical supervision to best support the patient as a whole.