Prior to her medical studies, sarwat spent 11 years providing direct services to a wide range of people, including survivors of violence, immigrant, trafficked, and refugee communities, homeless and underserved urban teens, and women and girls of all ages. During graduate school, sarwat had the opportunity to work with our military veterans at the Canandaigua VA.
sarwat found herself drawn to East Asian medicine because of its holistic approach, treating the mind, physical body, and emotional state as completely interconnected aspects of our existence. Her firsthand experience with the effectiveness of this ancient medicine drove her to learn it herself, in the hopes of sharing it with others.
She is committed to spending time with her patients to understand the complete, complex patterns of their complaints. She further engages her patients in their own healing process by recommending lifestyle shifts and qi gong exercises to achieve their wellness goals
Sterile, single-use needles are used; they are very fine, flexible, and solid. They do not tear the skin or cause pain in the way that hypodermic needles do. Based on your condition and constitution, any of the following styles may be used, to best fit your needs.
Japanese: extremely fine needles are used very gently, with shallow insertion.
Auricular: small needles are inserted at points in the ear, according to Chinese and European styles.
Abdominal: Bo’s Fu Zhen and Sun’s Abdominal Acupuncture produce systemic effects to treat a wide range of conditions, usually chronic and internal.
Scalp Acupuncture: Zhu Scalp and Jiao Scalp Acupuncture also produce systemic effects, and are particularly effective in treating neurological pathologies, such as stroke sequelae.
CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE
Depending on one’s condition and constitution, Chinese herbs may be recommended. In certain cases, herbs may be even more effective than acupuncture, and in many cases, acupuncture and herbs combined help patients recover more fully and faster than either therapy alone. Your clinician takes great care in assessing patients for herbal recommendations. The herbs used are from sources that monitor for quality control, and meet NSF national standards.
Other Fees:Patients are responsible for the cost of patent or custom herbal formulas and topical-use substances that may be recommended for continued care at home.
Qi gong is an internal martial art that fosters and regulates the strength, activity, and circulation of all bodily systems. In origin, qi gong was developed to keep soldiers in top shape into their old age. Graceful and uncomplicated to watch, qi gong is an elegant combination of a focused mind, intentional breath, and simple, precise movement.
Qi gong requires no equipment and very little space. An amazing addition to any treatment plan, your clinician atgood point acupuncture will almost undoubtedly teach you qi gong to practice on your own.
A regular qi gong practice over time can transform a life of chronic pain and fatigue into one of focus, restoration, and greatly reduced pain. Take your clinician's word for it.
The herb mugwort, or "moxa", is burned in various forms (fluffy wool, charcoal stick, compressed herb stick) warming different parts of the body to promote circulation and healing. Many people find mugwort to be very calming as well. In Chinese, the term for acupuncture actually translates to “acupuncture/moxibustion” as the two have been practiced and developed in close relationship.
Literally meaning “push pull,” Tui Na is a form of medical massage that opens, regulates, and coordinates the same bodily channels as acupuncture. The two are often used together to treat musculosketal conditions. This form of bodywork is most often performed over clothing.TUI NATU
CUPPING & GUA SHA
Cupping: this ancient practice has been used in every cultural medicine in the world, using glass, wood, ceramic or bamboo cups, or the horns of cattle.
In the Chinese fire cupping performed at our clinic, a flame creates a vacuum inside thick glass globular cups, which are then placed on the skin, producing a suction effect. Cups may be manually glided over the skin with oil, generating a feeling somewhat similar to a “reverse” massage.
In recent years, cupping has become very popular in Hollywood, and Olympic athletes can often be seen with the trademark circular bruise left by a cup used to treat a tournament injury. The therapeutic bruises from cupping usually fade within 1-3 days.
Gua Sha: another ancient practice that used in many different cultural medicines, gua sha is also called spooning, orcoining in other parts of the world. A ceramic spoon or similarly smooth, blunt object is scraped over oiled skin, most commonly to release musculoskeletal pain. Therapeutic bruising occurs, and resolves in a week to ten days.
EASTERN DIETARY THERAPY
Eastern Dietary Therapy is for everyone! Depending on your condition and constitution, your clinician may offer nutritional and dietary recommendations to actively support your treatment and overall well-being. In addition, seasonal workshops are offered to help people make necessary dietary changes in a relaxed, supportive, atmosphere.