Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a three thousand year-old comprehensive health care system which utilizes acupuncture, herbs, dietetics, exercise, movement, hands-on and other therapies in order to stimulate healing. Acupuncture involves the placement of thin stainless steel needles into specific points along pathways or meridians of the body with the purpose of balancing the flow of energy. (More details on this process are found on the "What To Expect" page). While some of the herbs used in Chinese medicine are also Western herbs, the tradition of Chinese herbalists is to create formulas that help the herbs work synergistically and allow the practitioner to individualize a formula for a specific person and condition.

ACUPUNCTURE TREATS MORE THAN PAIN

While acupuncture is well known for its ability to treat pain, when combined with herbs it can be a primary treatment for many other health concerns, especially women's health issues, digestive complaints and respiratory concerns. It is cost-effective, safe, and creates balance and greater health with very few, if any, side effects; all of the things we look for in our health care system.

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

Dr. Fleming has studied and utilized acupuncture and Chinese herbs for nearly 25 years. She trained in Hong Kong with Dr. Gary Butt at the International Acupuncture and Physical Therapy Research Institute, after having completed TCM academic training in Portland, Oregon. In Portland, she also completed many apprenticeship hours with master acupuncturist, Dr. Wai Tak Cheung. Dr. Fleming is grateful to both of these doctors and to Jackie Haught, L.Ac. and Dr. Richard Tan for their important contributions to her skill and effectiveness as a TCM practitioner.