State-medical-board-licensed acupuncturist Billy Zachary, L.Ac strives to live up to his business?s titular promise by taking a holistic overview of each patient?s health. When leading his 9-year-old acupuncture outfit, Billy draws upon an eclectic background that includes martial arts and shiatsu. These life experiences have provided perspective, affording him the ability to accurately assess overall well-being and ideal belt color prior to beginning treatment. During this initial evaluation with every patient, he notes chi, or life energy, gait, and symptoms in order to pinpoint which of the 2,000 possible acupuncture points would give the most relief. He then inserts very fine, sterile needles at the chosen points to stimulate blood flow, attempting to activate the hypothalamus and pituitary gland to combat such common afflictions as chronic pain, swelling, and obesity.
At Turtle Dragon Health Services, four licensed practitioners apply their healing hands to guests while administering traditional Chinese medicine. In addition to providing acupuncture, the clinic also sells tea, feng shui supplies, and Asian antiquities. Turtle Dragon also stocks a veritable bounty of Chinese medicine, such as 600 types of raw herbs, 300 kinds of patented herbal formulas, and three boxes full of the sound of one hand clapping.
Lucas Brown's dedication to ancient healing techniques has led him around the globe. After earning his master's degree in Oriental medicine, Brown traveled to Chengdu, China, where he worked elbow-to-elbow with experts who helped refined his healing skills, specifically his technique with Tui Na, a type of medical massage. Now, back in the states, he puts those lessons to use at Aculete, where he helps athletes overcome pain and the general public recover from stress, digestive disorders, and other ailments. To resolve conditions, he might combine acupuncture with tui na massage, cupping, and scraping, in order to build a custom treatment that treats symptoms, but also addresses problems at their root source. Brown is also an herbalist, using both internal and topical Chinese herbal formulas for healing and wellness.
Aesthetician Annette Chavez removes unwanted body and facial hair with warm wax and a sugaring blend. She uses natural and organic products during facials that alleviate acne and sop up excess oil. Some of her facial add-ons include hot herbal towels and an organic lip treatment crafted from fruit enzymes, shea butter, avocado oil, and sunflower-seed oil.
Kirsch Method likely wasn?t voted Best Acupuncture Service of 2012 in Austin Fit Magazine solely because it can help treat digestive disorders, headaches, and spinal maladies. That?s what every acupuncture clinic should be able to do. What makes Kirsch Method different is that its therapist, Matthew Kirsch, is not interested in inserting needles and then leaving the patient alone for 90 minutes. He believes in fully treating a patient, which is why he stays in the room and performs craniosacral therapy while the needles work on realigning energies. This alleviates tension in the fascia surrounding spine.
Kirsch started performing the complementary treatments during the 1,000-hour clinic portion of his acupuncture training, part of the more than 3,000 hours he's spent earning his master?s degree in Oriental Medicine. He also learned to administer acupressure, a massage style that focuses on the same energy meridians as acupuncture but eschews needles, much like a porcupine who wants to soften his tough-guy image.
Licensed massage therapists, a health coach, an acupuncturist, a medical doctor, and a chiropractor comprise Longevity Wellness Group?s staff. Together, they provide patients with natural solutions to their chronic aches, including massage, acupuncture, gentle exercise, and spinal adjustment. Though many come in with similar pains, the staff tailors each treatment to the body?s unique needs, physical condition, and tendency to release a banshee scream whenever in child's pose.