A Natural Way to Heal
Insightful, compassionate and effective. Joao M Alvarez L.Ac. develops a comprehensive individualized treatment strategy that weaves together Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, nutrition and juicing in order to promote optimal health and wellbeing.
"You are a function of what the universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing."
JOAO M ALVAREZ L.AC.
João Manuel Alvarez MAOM L.Ac. studied the classics, philosophy and medical anthropology at New York University. He researched medicinal plants of the Amazon Rainforest, and examined the connections between quantum physics and traditional
During his time at NYU, Mr. Alvarez completed a three year intensive internship in Er Mei Qi Gong with Sifu David Knoll and Master Wei Zhong Fu.
Mr. Alvarez graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture, the oldest college of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the United States. At NESA, he completed a rigorous four year Masters Degree program where he studied Chinese and Japanese acupuncture as well as Chinese herbal medicine, Chinese nutritional medicine and Eight Organ Harmony Qi Gong.
Acupuncture needles act as conductors. When placed in specific areas, they access the body’s natural healing response by transmitting signals through a network of microscopic channels that are embedded in the connective tissue. The signals broadcast information to the central nervous system, endocrine system and local immune system, triggering the release of specific proteins, hormones, neurotransmitters and stem cells. This gentle yet powerful medicine optimizes health and vitality, supports the immune system, and prevents disease. Acupuncture also reduces inflammation, improves circulation, expels pathogens, regenerates healthy cellular tissue, and removes toxins. Patients find acupuncture treatments deeply relaxing as well as energizing.
CHINESE MEDICAL NUTRITION
Chinese Nutritional Medicine utilizes an intricate system of food classification to construct personalized diets for the treatment of specific diseases. You are what you eat, and with the appropriate application of food as medicine, patients can be restored to health.
CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE
Chinese herbal medicine is one of the pre- eminent medical systems of the world yielding exceptional clinical results. The precise diagnostic techniques employed by doctors of Chinese herbal medicine reflect a holistic understanding of the body. They focus on the relationship between organ systems to reveal “patterns of disharmony” that cause disease. Herbal formulas are specifically designed to restore health and harmony by focusing on the individual patient’s condition. Thanks to thousands of years of clinical experience, the risk of adverse reactions to Chinese herbal formulas is extremely low, especially when compared to pharmaceutical drugs. We use only superior herbal products that are manufactured following GMP & FDA guidelines for hygiene, safety testing and
GWA SHA & CUPPING
Gwa Sha & Cupping are massage techniques that release the superficial muscle layer for the treatment of soft tissue injuries and pain. They also promote sweating and expel pathogens for the treatment of common cold and flu.
Moxabustion: an ancient heat therapy that warms acupuncture points to improve circulation and restore energy for pain conditions and fatigue.
CHINESE MEDICNE IS EFFECTIVE FOR THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:
Attention deficit disorder
Common cold and flu
Ulcerative colitis Diarrhea/Constipation
Gall bladder stones
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Prepare for surgery
Urinary tract infection
Irregular uterine bleeding
Lack of breast milk
HEALING ART AND JEWLERY
"I have been an artist all my life, working with oils, watercolors and photography. One day I decided to take a silversmithing class, and have been working with metal ever since. Metalsmithing brings together my inspiration of many years and turns it into something permanent and wearable.
I find inspiration in nature, mythology archaeology and cosmology. My designs come to life much like my paintings, spontaneously and one at a time."
For more information about Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine & Nutrition - don’t hesitate to contact me!
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