Maine Coast Acupuncture
& HERBAL MEDICINE
Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist
Classical Chinese Medicine
Classical Chinese Medicine is a complete system of healing that effectively treats numerous conditions. It has been practiced for over 2,000 years and is based on the Daoist concept that the delicate balance between yin and yang explains all things in nature.
Your health is based upon the harmony and balance of yin and yang within your body. Disease is caused when yin and yang become imbalanced. These imbalances are caused by a variety of internal or external factors, including but not limited to trauma, poor diet, lack of proper rest, overexertion, and exposure to the elements.
Classical Chinese Medicine is rooted firmly in its ancient roots of classical texts. Proper treatment is based on the understanding that single symptoms must take into account their relationship to the whole person.
Acupuncture is the insertion and manipulation of fine needles into specific acupuncture points for therapeutic healing purposes. The insertion and manipulation of the needles at these points increases blood flow, stimulates the internal organs, and moves qi and blood, which harmonizes imbalances and restores the body to health.
There are 360 acupuncture points along 12 major pathways, or channels, each linked to specific internal organ system. Because the channels influence every cell in the body and pass through every organ system, acupuncture provides an accurate and noninvasive means of determining deficiencies in the body, while at the same time, reestablishing balance. It provides maximum health benefits without the dangerous side effects that can accompany conventional medicine and pharmaceuticals. Acupuncture point prescriptions are unique to each individual, taking into account the overall constitution of the patient as well as the conditions treated.
Acupuncture supports and facilitates your body’s innate ability to heal itself. Not only is it effective as a primary source of healing, it also complements other modalities very well, such as physical therapy, massage therapy, and chiropractic care.
During the acupuncture treatment, you may feel a pricking sensation upon insertion of the needles. Once the needles are inserted, you may feel warmth, tingling, or a slight pressure or numbness. Any slight tugging or aching sensation passes quickly. If anything feels uncomfortable a slight change in needle position will alleviate any discomfort.
There are different gauges and lengths of acupuncture needles. They are incredibly thin, and are literally a fraction of the gauge of hypodermic needles, the type used to draw blood. Acupuncture needles are made of solid stainless steel and disposed of immediately after use.
Herbal formulas are prescribed in accordance with each patient’s Chinese medical diagnosis. Once a treatment strategy is established, the correct herbal formula -- a specifically designed combination of single herbs -- is prescribed to individual patients to facilitate healing. Prescriptions are tailored to each individual patient’s diagnosis and designed to restore health and balance to organ systems by treating the root of the condition not just mask symptoms. Herbal formulas are prescribed in bulk, granule, or tincture.
Lea received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa with a major in mathematics and a minor in business administration. After graduation, she packed her hatchback with her belongings and drove to the east coast, where she found her new home. Spending her time living on three different islands, she became proficient at throwing dinner parties, taught middle and high school mathematics, and analyzed her dreams. She then moved to Portland, Oregon to further her education at the School of Classical Chinese Medicine at the National College of Natural Medicine. She graduated with a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, and received the Certificate of Advanced Study. After graduation, she traveled the US in her campervan, visiting 30 states in 4 months and traveled over 10,000 miles.
Lea practiced Chinese Medicine in East Hampton & New York, New York before returning to her adopted-home state of Maine. She is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the states of New York and Maine, as well as a certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist.
Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist
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headaches, sports injuries, post-surgical recovery, sciatica, carpul tunnel syndrome, arthritis
Licensed acupuncturists are required to take over 2,600 hours of graduate study at an accredited college or university in the areas of Chinese Medicine, acupuncture theory, Chinese herbs, biomedicine, counseling, communications, ethics, and practice management. Over 800 hours of clinical study is required. This translates to four years of full-time study in addition to an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. Once the graduate degree is obtained, graduates must then pass four board exams in the areas of Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, and Biomedicine (Western Medicine). Completion of continuing education credits must be maintained at a rate of 15 credits every year.
I walked away from our session last night feeling like something had shifted in my back, but was wary that one treatment could do that. I woke up this morning, for the first time in four years and had no back pain. I cannot even begin to tell you how I feel. I can tell it’s fragile, but I just wanted to thank you for what feels like a miracle.
I look forward to doing more of this work with you.
Thank you, Lea, for this gift of well-being. It is amazing.
Many thanks to you for all the ways you have helped and supported me throughout these past 9 months. I have a tremendous amount of admiration and respect for you, both as my health care practitioner and as a person. You have truly made a difference in the well-being of my life. I feel blessed to have you in my life.
People should do this instead of going to the Caribbean. It's so relaxing!
My husband thanks you for giving me herbs for my hot flashes! Now we're both getting better sleep!
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I see patients on Oak Street in Ellsworth
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays from 8am to 6pm.
I see patients at the Cadillac Family Health Clinic on Main Street in Bar Harbor
Wednesdays from 8:00am to 3:00pm
You may also text or call (207) 812 - 8747 to speak with me directly.