East Asian Medicine is based on the concept that we are all whole beings and endowed with the ability to self-heal. Acupuncture stimulates known points on the body that release our own opiates and anti-inflammatory chemicals, and then down-regulate the Sympathetic (fight or flight) response. Thus, patients often report feeling deeply relaxed and “balanced” after an acupuncture treatment.
Acupuncture and herbs help a body safely heal without serious side effects. The addition of muscle release techniques, cupping, gua-sha and moxibustion further add to the low-risk, non-invasive healing modalities that encourage a higher baseline of health.
Conditions Commonly Treated
Cancer treatment therapy adjunct
Fertility (men and women)
Wellness or “preventative maintenance”
Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries
....To name a few.....
STATE LICENSURE AND DEFINITIONS
Often referred to as "Traditional Chinese Medicine", Washington State practitioners obtain a license in “EAST ASIAN MEDICINE". This is a health care service using East Asian Medical diagnosis and treatment to promote health and treat organic or functional disorders.
The scope of practice includes the following: the use of acupuncture needles to directly or indirectly stimulate acupuncture points and meridians; use of electrical, mechanical, or magnetic devices to stimulate acupuncture points and meridians; moxibustion (heat applied to points), acupressure; cupping on the body; infra-red wave therapy; dietary advice and health education based on East Asian medical theory; the recommendation & prescribing of herbal medicines and nutritional supplements; breathing, relaxation, and East Asian exercise techniques; and Qi Gong; East Asian Tui na (bodywork) which does not include spinal manipulation; and specific heat and cold therapies.
NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION
Since starting her practice in 1999, Ingrid Heintzberger Vu has maintained licensure with the National Board for this Profession, the NCCAOM , or National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. This is a good resource to use if you want to ensure that your Practitioner meets the highest standards of our Profession. With National Board licensure, you can be sure that a practitioner stays current with Medical training (required CEU's) and has an impeccable record of professional conduct.
Extra Training and Education in the Field
A small sampling of Ingrid Heintzberger Vu's Additional training (continuing education classes).