Helen Strietelmeier is a licensed Acupuncturist and certified practitioner of Asian Body Therapy. She received her degrees from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Helen is also National Board Certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She has been a part of the Whole Health Chicago staff since 2006.
SHOULD I SEE HER? YES!
Helen integrates Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal therapies with techniques from Thai bodywork, Shiatsu and Tui-na (Chinese medical massage and acupressure) to provide well-rounded, effective treatments for a wide variety of conditions. The treatment goal is to balance the body’s energetic systems on many levels in order to achieve an optimal level of function. Some common clinical conditions that can benefit from Oriental Medicine include:
-Musculoskeletal problems: back pain, sprains, strains, neck and shoulder problems, and repetitive stress injuries
-Headaches, including migraine headaches
-Skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis and acne
-Respiratory problems: asthma, allergies, colds, coughs, and generally weak immune system
-Gynecological problems: especially menstrual irregularity or pain
-Digestive problems: reflux, constipation, abdominal bloating
-Psychoemotional disorders such as depression and anxiety
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM THERAPY?
Helen’s treatments combine acupuncture and Chinese herbs with touch and stretching to relieve tension and improve circulation in both the musculoskeletal and energetic systems of the body.
Oriental Medicine provides individualized treatments based on the assessment principles of traditional Chinese medicine, tailored to your specific needs. The diagnostic process in traditional Chinese medicine involves classical procedures of observation, listening, and questioning. It also includes testing the quality of pulses, appearance of the tongue, and sensitivity of body parts. On the day of your treatment, please do not brush/scrape your tongue, as this can affect Helen’s evaluation of your condition!
Once the evaluation process in terms of traditional Chinese medicine is complete, Helen will review your specific concerns and develop a treatment plan. This may include Acupuncture, Asian Bodywork, cupping, Chinese herbal medicine, and nutrition/dietary interventions.
Typical Treatment Session
Bodywork sessions are individualized treatments based on the assessment principles of traditional Chinese medicine, tailored to your specific needs. Treatments are typically given on a massage table. Thai massage sessions are performed fully clothed on a padded floor mat. Please specify when scheduling if you are interested in receiving Thai massage. All treatments are given fully clothed. Wear comfortable, flexible clothing (as if you were going to a yoga class or the gym).
Treatments typically last one hour.
Therapeutic techniques include:
-Acupuncture—Very fine-gauge, sterile needles are inserted into specified locations on the body to release blockages, balance and stimulate Qi.
-Chinese herbal medicine—Taken in the form of pills or individually mixed powders, herbal medicines support and enhance the effects of all other Oriental Medicine techniques, providing you with treatment even when you’re not at an appointment.
-Acupressure–A gentle pressing-type therapy along specific energy channels with an emphasis on specific locations for releasing blocks and balancing Qi.
-Cupping–A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying tissues and works to open the meridians.
-Gua Sha–Friction is applied in even, smooth strokes causing “sha” or stagnant blood to surface. The benefits of Gua Sha are numerous and include improved mobility, metabolism, and immunity.
-Moxibustion–A process whereby moxa, dried Artemisia leaves, are burned near acupuncture points to provide penetrating heat and influence the flow of Qi in the meridians.
“Oriental Medicine is my passion, and I love helping people explore this medicine and take steps toward improving their own health.”
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