Melissa Lee, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
Melissa Lee is a licensed practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. She is licensed as a East Asian Medicine Practitioner in Washington and is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is a dedicated and compassionate practitioner with seven years of acupuncture experience.
Melissa incorporates relaxation techniques and lifestyle recommendations into her acupuncture practice, as well as combining energy balancing and massage to encourage harmony for the mind, body and spirit. She is a general practitioner with a special interest in women's health, digestive disorders, stress, anxiety, and emotional issues.
After graduating from Wesleyan University in 1998, Melissa spent three years obtaining a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA). She then completed four months of further study in China at the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Zhejiang Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, gaining further insight into Chinese medicine.
Melissa has completed continuing education courses in Reiki and Shiatsu, adding dimension to her treatments. She is also certified in Constitutional Facial Renewal, an effective, holistic treatment for rejuvenating the face.
About Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture is one component of Chinese medicine. Because of its effectiveness, acupuncture is now gaining broad popularity in the U.S. as a holistic healthcare option for physical, emotional, and mental disharmony. This gentle yet effective approach stimulates the body’s own restorative response to promote healing.
The principle of acupuncture treatment is to encourage the “qi”, or the vital energy, to flow smoothly throughout the body. When the flow of qi is balanced, the body and mind function properly and are healthy. When qi is out of balance, blocked, or stagnated, illness and pain result. Acupuncture consists of the use of fine, sterile needles inserted into the body at specific points that help regulate a disharmony or blockage of qi. The stimulation from needling can restore the flow of the qi and return the balance of the body system, thereby alleviating the pain and improving the symptomatic problems.
What Can Acupuncture Treat?
Because acupuncture is a holistic health system that helps create a balance within the body, it can be used to treat a wide variety of disorders. The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture's effectiveness for over 40 common disorders such as:
- ear, nose and throat disorders (toothaches, earaches, sinusitis)
- respiratory disorders (colds & flu, allergies, bronchitis)
- gastrointestinal disorders (nausea, food allergies, indigestion)
- circulatory disorders (hypertension, arteriosclerosis)
- urogenital disorders (cystitis, stress incontinence)
- gynecological disorders (menstrual irregularity, PMS, infertility, menopausal syndrome)
- pain and musculoskeletal disorders (tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, TMJ, sciatica, low back pain, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia)
- psychoemotional and neurological disorders (depression, anxiety, insomnia, headache, migraine, dizziness, trigeminal neuralgia)