Acupuncture of Indiana - Acupuncture Indianapolis, Acupuncture Greenwood, Acupuncture Carmel

Our Services

Treating our patients with such intensity and commitment requires time. Please allow up to two hours for your initial visit. Your follow-up visits are scheduled for up to one hour each. We pride ourselves on treating each patient as a unique individual with unique needs at Acupuncture of Indiana. Therefore, all of our attention and efforts are directed toward you and you alone.

We provide the following services:

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Classical Five-Element Acupuncture:

Classical Five Element Acupuncture derives its remarkable effectiveness by treating the causative factor of an illness.

Classical Five Element Acupuncture is an ancient form of acupuncture that works by treating you at the levels of body, mind and spirit. By treating at these levels it helps you move back into harmony with yourself, your emotions and your life as a whole.

This harmony is achieved by looking at you as a whole being. At Acupuncture of Indiana we place great importance on having a complete understanding of you, your environment, your history and the Five Elements working in your life.

At Acupuncture of Indiana we provide treatment only after carefully evaluating the unique patterns in your life – temperament, diet, sense of purpose, sleep, work, play, social connections, constitutional strengths and vulnerabilities, as well as your symptoms.

By treating the whole of you, we work to cultivate wellness in a way that certainly includes, but is not limited to, the treatment of your symptoms.

Relying on the laws of nature, Classical Five Element Acupuncture recognizes that the health of a person's entire body, mind and spirit must be taken into account in order to fully diagnose the cause of an illness. Only then at Acupuncture of Indiana can we offer the most effective help so that you can regain your balance and health on all levels.

The Five Elements are:

Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. Each element is associated with particular organs.

  • Wood: liver and gall bladder
  • Fire: heart, small intestine, pericardium
  • Earth: spleen, pancreas, stomach
  • Metal: lung, colon
  • Water: kidney, bladder

Just as in nature, each of these elements helps to create you and how you function in the world. Each of us has all of the five elements acting in consort in us, and we each have our own unique interplay of strength and weakness. Some of these characteristics are present at conception and others are acquired through lifestyle, injuries, and emotional hurts.

Each of the elements can show up when radiantly healthy and when they are struggling. Since each element affects all the others, symptoms in one element may actually be due to a problem in another element - proper diagnosis and treatment is essential at Acupuncture of Indiana.

Once diagnosed through our diagnostic process, we use needles applied at specific acupuncture points that affect the element/organ that needs balance.

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My pain is a thing of the past. My attitude, sense of humor and my ability to lead my life have been restored. Tom Hammett is amazing in how he sees and treats his patients.
-- Ramona, Greencastle, IN

Medical Qigong

Medical Qigong is an ancient form of Chinese medicine that is actually much older than acupuncture and other forms of Oriental medicine. As with other forms or methods of Oriental medicine , Medical Qigong healing occurs through balancing the patient's qi or energy for medical benefits.

Rather than using needles, herbs or massage, Medical Qigong relies on the ability to direct qi without necessarily touching the body. Children, the elderly, people frail in health and highly sensitive people tend to respond quite well to Medical Qigong.

The goal of Medical Qigong is to correct imbalances and blockages in the qi. This enables the patient's body to strengthen and regulate the internal organs, the nervous system and the immune system, relieve pain, regulate hormones, as-well-as strengthen and release deep-seated emotions and stress.

At Acupuncture of Indiana, Medical Qigong may be utilized as a diagnostic tool or may be included as a therapy in your acupuncture treatment. Medical Qigong, as practiced at Acupuncture of Indiana, is an excellent adjunct to Western medicine and may quite successfully treat conditions which Western medicine finds resistant or ambiguous.

Medical Qigong is used to treat individuals suffering from a variety of ailments. We find that Medical Qigong is helpful in treating cancer, the side effects from radiation and chemotherapy. It will help in treating cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and post-stroke syndrome. Medical Qigong is especially useful in treating any kind of chronic pain, and chronic disorders of the digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous systems.

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Massage Therapy

  • Relaxation Massage (60 minutes) A gentle, flowing massage to promote a deep state of relaxation.
  • Therapeutic Massage (60-90 minutes) A deep tissue massage, individualized to address the acute and chronic conditions to attain a lasting benefit from the experience.
  • Hot stone Massage (60-90 minutes) Incorporates the use of heated Basalt stones to attain relaxation while allowing deeper penetration to muscles and tissues.
  • SomatoEmotional Release (60 minutes) The use of gentle, hands on techniques allowing previously traumatized tissues to release stored energy enabling the body's own ability to restore health.
  • CranioSacral Therapy (60 minutes) Gentle hands on method of enhancing the flow of cerebral spinal blood and lymph fluids to facilitate the body's natural healing ability. Appropriate for migraines and headaches, chronic neck and back pain, orthopedic problems, chronic fatigue, learning disabilities, and autism.

What is CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle treatment approach that works with the natural, self correcting mechanisms of the body and the craniosacral system (membranes and fluids that surround the brain and spinal cord). A CST is a hands-on method of enhancing the flow of cerebral spinal fluid, blood and lymph system to facilitate the body's natural healing.

CST works with the fascia of the body. Fascia is the tough connective tissue which holds our organs, muscles and bones together, conducts electrical impulses and is the place of meridians of Eastern philosophy. CST is useful to detect and release restrictions in mobility and to determine core issues so that treatment is focused on the cause rather than presenting symptoms.

CranioSacral Therapy helps relieve a full spectrum of pain, illness and dysfunction including: migraines and headaches, chronic neck and back pain, stress and tension related disorders, motor-coordinator impairments, infant and childhood disorders, brain and spinal cord injuries, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, TMJ syndrome, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Autism, post traumatic stress and many orthopedic problems.

You can locate additional information about CranioSacral Therapy at The Upledger Institute

What can you expect from a CST session?

A typical CranioSacral Therapy session takes place in a quiet, private setting. You remain fully clothed as you relax on a comfortable padded table. The practitioner begins by gently touching various parts of your body to detect and monitor rhythm of the fluid that is flowing around your central nervous system. Delicate manual techniques are then used to release noted restrictions or problem areas. CST emphasizes tissue release or a sense of softening and relaxation that is perceptible (i.e. softening, lengthening, heat) when the technique in use has come to a successful completion. A typical session can last up to an hour or more. It can be used alone or integrated with other therapeutic techniques. After a successful session, you should feel deeply relaxed and comfortable.

What is SomatoEmotional Release?

SomatoEmotional Release (SER) is a gentle, hands-on technique used by a practitioner to locate, identify and release areas of restriction within the cells or tissues to allow decreased pain, increase mobility, improve fluid and energy flow through those structures. Throughout life, a person's body experiences physical trauma (major and minor) from various sources (accidental, intentional, surgical, falls, injury) during which energy from that trauma is stored within the cellular structures. Over the course of a lifetime, these traumas provoke restrictions in the flow of energy (i.e. nerve impulses) or fluid (i.e. lymph and blood) or fibrosis in the actual tissues or fascia (i.e. soma) leading to dis-ease or dis-ability. The use of SER techniques by a skilled professional can facilitate the release of those restrictions and improve the flow of fluid and energy through those structures. Although SER has an emotional component, it does not necessarily pertain to outward emotions as we see them or feel them. The release can be expressed on an outward emotional level, or likely expressed subtly or only on a cellular level.

What can you expect from an SER session?

The session takes place in a quiet, private setting. You remain fully clothed as you relax on a comfortable, padded table. Similar to a CranioSacral Therapy session, the skilled professional applies delicate manual techniques used to release noted restrictions or problem areas. Upon completion of a successful session, you will feel relaxed, but also energetic. You will continue to feel improvement in any areas previously painful or restricted for the next 24 – 48 hours as the tissues continue to release.

What is a therapeutic massage?

Therapeutic massage has been used for centuries to help decrease pain, promote relaxation and decrease muscle tension. It is the application of mild to deep pressure on the muscles, between muscle and bone or on the skin to stimulate nerve impulses to signal the body to relax. Health benefits of a therapeutic massage include: improved circulation, improved sensation, a positive outlook when dealing with chronic illness and disease, improvement to any symptoms experiences during times of high stress, high tension lifestyle including blood pressure, acid reflux, headaches and migraines, insomnia, pain and mental distress. It can improve one's sense of health and feelings of well being. It can positively effect chronic illnesses such as Fibromyalgia, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), Multiple Sclerosis, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn's Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndromes.

What is the difference between a therapeutic and relaxation massage?

A relaxation massage is for anyone who simply wishes to relax their muscles and relieve tensions from daily life. During a relaxation massage, the massage therapist will use mild to moderate pressure to kneed, stretch, pull or mold muscle and tissue to induce a relaxing effect on the body. Typically called a Swedish massage as no deep pressure techniques are applied and should remain pain free throughout the session.

The typical session occurs in a quiet and warm environment with soft music to promote a sense of relaxation and calmness. The therapist will use oil, cream or gel to aid in gliding across the skin and avoid pulling of skin or hair causing discomfort. A session lasts form 60 – 90 minutes and is adjusted to each client and the needs with which they present.

A therapeutic massage is directed towards an area of pain or discomfort, injury, overuse or over-work (such as athletes, persons with chronic neck or back injuries, carpel tunnel syndrome, etc.) The session lasts from 60 – 90 minutes and employs the uses of deep tissue techniques, stretching, kneading, and pulling in order to release spastic, tight or painful muscles. There are techniques that may cause some discomfort during the massage, but will facilitate greater capacity for activity and lengthened period of painlessness or relaxation.

What is a "hot stone" massage?

A hot stone massage employs the use of Basalt river stones heated to a temperature of approximately 110 degrees which the skilled profession places on the body. The massage therapist also uses the stones in conjunction with usual manual techniques to massage the tissues allowing greater depth of relaxation and improved circulation. Throughout the session the professional monitors your response and adjusts accordingly.

Each service provided is individualized to meet the specific needs and requests of the customer. If you have additional question about the massage and manual techniques discussed, please contact Myra directly at 317-319-0865.

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Reiki is a Japanese technique of relaxation that allows the body to heal on all levels. It is most often done by "laying on of hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through each of us and is what causes us to be alive. If someone's "life energy" is low, then we are more likely to be sick or feel stressed. If it is high, then we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

Reiki is made up of two Japanese words: Rei which translated means "God's wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life energy force" (spelled Chi or Qi in Chinese). Therefore, it is translated as "spiritually guided life force energy." While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it has no dogma and there is nothing you must believe in order to receive Reiki.

Reiki is believed to have been rediscovered by Mikao Usui, a Japanese Christian educator in Kyoto Japan. He spent years studying the healing phenomena of history's greatest healers. He discovered ancient sounds and symbols that are linked directly to the universal life energy for healing. After his own empowerment, he taught Reiki until his death around 1893.

Reiki can be defined as a non-physical healing energy made up of life force energy that is guided by a Higher Power, or as spiritually guided life force energy. It cannot be controlled by the mind nor can it be misused because it always creates a healing affect. It is a natural method of energy balancing for the purpose of healing. It is holistic, treating the body, mind and spirit. Reiki has been known to lessen recovery time from illness, as well as release blocks in the energy field, allowing the prevention of dis-ease and the releasing of holding patterns that tend to make someone "stuck" or stagnant. It compliments all forms of treatment, conventional or alternative, but is not a substitute for medical treatment or psychological diagnosis or treatment.

During a Reiki session, the practitioner or healer places the hands either directly on the patient or above them. It is the patient who draws the energy as needed. The practitioner helps the patient to heal themselves spiritually, mentally, emotionally or physically by acting as the vessel for the energy to flow. The Ki, or energy knows exactly where to go to help the patient heal. The body is constantly striving to be in balance or harmony and Reiki gently stimulates the energy to create harmony where there is dysfunction.

Sessions are offered for 60 – 90 minutes but can vary as necessary. Most people experience relaxation and peace during and after a session. Some patients feel peace and calm, while others feel heat and warmth, rocking or pulsations. Other patients experience the release of negative energy through pain or crying. Although not necessarily comfortable, it is healing and a part of the journey to create balance. Each person will experience their own individual reaction, leading them to what is necessary for healing and spiritual awakening.

Healing occurs on so many levels with Reiki. Many situations in our daily lives cause imbalances to occur: emotional or physical trauma, injury, negative thoughts and feelings, including fear, worry, doubt, anger, anxiety, toxicity, relationships, destructive lifestyles, and neglect of self and lack of love.

When we are relaxed, stress-free, pain-free, we can work toward becoming balanced, and therefore better able to heal. Because Reiki is experienced differently for each person, the benefits are also varied. The ultimate goal is for you to experience the healing on a level that is most beneficial for you and tailored to your specific needs.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

With a history of some 5,000 years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has formed a unique system to diagnose and cure illness. The TCM approach is fundamentally different from that of Western medicine. In TCM, the understanding of the human body is based on a holistic understanding, and the treatment of illness is based primarily on the diagnosis and differentiation of syndromes.

The TCM approach treats organs as the core of the human body. Tissue and organs are connected through a network of channels and blood vessels inside human body. Qi (or Chi) acts as a carrier of information that is expressed externally. Pathologically, a dysfunction of the organs may be reflected on the body surface through the network, and meanwhile, diseases of body surface tissues may also affect their related organs. Affected organs may also influence each other through internal connections. Traditional Chinese medicine treatment starts with the analysis of the entire system, then focuses on the correction of pathological changes through readjusting the functions of the organs

Evaluation of a syndrome not only includes the cause, mechanism, location, and nature of the disease, but also the confrontation between the pathogenic factor and body resistance. Treatment is not based only on the symptoms, but differentiation of syndromes. Therefore, those with an identical disease may be treated in different ways, and on the other hand, different diseases may result in the same syndrome and are treated in similar ways

The clinical diagnosis and treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine are mainly based on the Yin-Yang and Five Element theories. These theories apply the phenomena and laws of nature to the study of the physiological activities and pathological changes of the human body and its interrelationships. The typical TCM therapies include acupuncture, herbal medicine, and qigong exercises. With acupuncture, treatment is accomplished by stimulating certain areas of the external body. Herbal medicine acts on organs internally, while qigong works to restore the orderly information flow inside the network through the regulation of Qi. These therapies appear very different in approach yet they all share the same underlying sets of assumptions and insights in the nature of the human body.

Chinese Herbalism

At the physical level of the body, herbs become the main treatment. Herbs act on two levels. They affect the physical energy body and the physical body. Herbs act on the physical body similar to drugs, but they also have a definite energetic property.

There is a difference between the American herbal tradition and the Chinese herbal tradition. The American herbal tradition is less than 200 years old. If you pick up a book on American herbs you will find a list of symptoms and the single herbs to treat them. The information provided on each herb may include its physical description, where to find it, when it flowers, its astrological sign, and what symptom it treats. There are no classical American formulations consisting of combinations of several different herbs.

If you pick up a book in traditional Chinese herbs, you will find a plethora of information including the herb’s physical description, pharmaceutical name botanical name, family, where it’s grown, when it’s harvested, alternative names, its Oriental medicine properties (taste, temperature, toxicity, dosage range), the meridian it enters (Hart, Lung, Spleen, etc.), and the source of its first appearance in Oriental medicine history. Then you can go on to the companion text listing the traditional Chinese herbal formulas.

Many of these formulas are over 3000 years old, and have been proven in literally billions of people. With the information available on the individual herbs, the Chinese herbalists were able to create elegant herbal formulas to treat specific conditions as diagnosed through Oriental medicine. These formulas were created to enter the diseased organ’s channel, adjust its energy, and create a balance in the system. These formulas are extremely complex, some of them containing fifteen or more herbs in varying doses. In addition to being extremely effective, these formulas eliminate all the side effects of the powerful herbs being used.

If you want to treat a headache with American herbs, the American herbal books recommend several herbs that affect a headache. It may or may not be effective. It will most likely not treat the actual cause of the headache, and will commonly have some side-effect.

If you want to treat a headache using traditional Chinese herbal formulas, you first need a solid Oriental medicine diagnosis. Then a specific formula is prescribed to treat the headache at its source (not the symptom) and the formula will have no side effects. The problem will be alleviated (the system will be re-balanced) and should not return.

"Culpepper's Color Herbal" by Culpepper is the classic American herbal text. It is 205 pages ling and contains no formulas. "The Materia Medica" and "Formulas and Strategies", by Bensky & Barolet, contain the classical Chinese herbal formulas. Combined, the texts are 986 pages long. Most Oriental Medicine Physicians rarely use American herbs because these are not effective formulas. There are effective Chinese formulas for every medical condition, and the work. The Oriental Medicine Physicians at Acupuncture of Indiana prefer to go with a sure thing

Tui Na (Chinese Massage)

Tui Na is a bodywork therapy that was developed in China over 2,000 years ago. It works with the energy system in the body known as the meridian system. Like Acupuncture, Tui Na works with the Qi (chi) energy of the patient to bring a balance and a state of health. But unlike, acupuncture, no needles are used. The work is done entirely with the practitioner's hands to help increase the beneficial flow of Qi through the patient's meridian system.

The practitioner of Tui Na learns to diagnose the patient by feeling the pulse. The pulse tells the practitioner which meridians need stimulation and which need to be subdued in order to bring the patient to a state of balanced health.

At Acupuncture of Indiana, Tui Na is used in conjunction with other forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Tui Na, acupuncture, herbology and qigong work hand in hand as a holistic approach to patient well-being.

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