How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can assist in anything that a body can naturally do. So if you want to grow another limb or be able to breathe underwater you’re out of luck. Anything else though, Chinese Medicine can help.
Chinese Medicine starts with identifying a pattern, in other words what is going wrong. Then, using a combination of modalities, a treatment plan is created to correct the pattern leaving the person with more optimal health.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is great for
“weird stuff my doctor cannot explain”
because not every illness has a name, but it does have a pattern. To find this pattern, practitioners work like detectives to identify where, how and why this pattern exist.
- Internal - the parts of your body you cannot see or specify
- External - the parts of your body you can see and specify
- Emotional - the way you feel about yourself
- Social - how you interact with the world and others
The identification of these patterns goes beyond my back hurts, so it’s back pain. Chinese Medicine goes deeper into the root of the issue and how this is impacting a person's life.
What does Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine do?
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine works by regulating the nervous system, increasing blood flow, strengthening the immune system and releasing the body's natural pain killers and anti- inflammatory response.
Acupuncture is the insertion of tiny wisker-like needles used to redirect the body's natural resources.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is used to supplement deficiencies or reduce excesses. For example, if you have too much mucus while having a cold, herbs would be a great addition to reduce the mucus while acupuncture is stimulating the immune system to bring the body back to peace.
Cupping and gua sha are used to release and relax physical tension. They can also be used to help detox the body by bringing toxins to the surface and then encouraging them to drain through the lymphatic system.
Commonly Treated Conditions
- Emotional Imbalances, Mood Disorders, Psychosomatic problems
- Eye health and Vision
- Sexual Health
- Reproductive Health
- Sleeping problems
- Acute and Chronic Pain
- Headaches and Migraines
- Digestive problems
- Neurological disorders
About Dr. Madden
Dr. Stephanie Madden specializes in the relationships between the mind and body. She has extensive experience working with chronic conditions and the physical, emotional, and social impact on the patient. Healing is not just whether you feel better or not, it’s about your emotional experience through the journey.
Dr. Madden is a licensed professional acupuncturist and board certified herbalist. She graduated from AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine where her doctoral research focused on chronic pain and somatic therapies. Before coming to Chicago, Dr. Madden practiced at the Veterans Affairs Clinic in Austin, TX helping establish acupuncture as an alternative to opioids. Beyond that, Dr. Madden has years of experience working in integrative settings including several Seton clinics, Austin Drug and Rehabilitation Center, and fertility clinics in both Austin and Chicago. She treated patients at Apple, helping patients with physical needs but also to open their minds from creative blocks.
Outside of practice, Dr. Madden lives for adventure. Any chance to explore a new place or try something new she’s on it! Stephanie’s newest adventure, tennis.
To learn more about Dr. Madden's practice, Copper Wellness, please visit her site: http://copperwells.com/