Thomasina joined our practice in the Spring of 2018. Thomasina is licensed by the  State of New Jersey to practice acupuncture. Before studying acupuncture, Thomasina studied at Rutgers University where she earned a Bachelors of Science. Thomasina continued her education at the Eastern School of Acupuncture located in Montclair, New Jersey. Here at Intrinsic Wellness, we find it important for our patients to get to know our providers. Below is Thomasina’s story and her personal beliefs on how acupuncture can help you with your healthcare needs.
I have always been interested in ways to keep myself healthy and feeling well, as evidenced by my library of books on nutrition, herbs, energy healing, and stress reduction. I believe that we can promote our own health through the life styles we choose, which includes exercise, eating healthy foods (“you are what you eat”), getting a sufficient amount of sleep, protecting our skin, engaging in stress reduction activities, and not engaging in unhealthy habits (such as smoking or excessive alcohol consumption). I believe that our bodies should be nurtured and protected.
I believe that there is an over-reliance on pharmaceutical drugs. This is not to say that these medications do not have their place in our health care system, but where there are alternative choices, these should be considered first. I have seen severe side effects of medications, leading to ER visits and hospitalizations. This leads me to why I decided to become an acupuncturist. It is an energy medicine that works with your body to promote healing naturally. The risks with acupuncture are rare and typically minimal compared to conventional medical treatments. Acupuncture is another tool in the tool box for getting and keeping ourselves in a healthy state.
WARNING – reported side effects of acupuncture treatments include more satisfying sleep, better functioning bowels, greater sense of well being, less pain
SO… How does acupuncture work?
According to Chinese Medicine, energy in our bodies flow through channels called Meridians. This energy called Qi, pronounced as “chee”, can get blocked and out of balance, leading to illness. These blockages can be caused by external factors (such as cold, damp weather, physical trauma, etc.) or internal factors (such as stress, unhealthy diets, etc.). The very fine acupuncture needles placed on identified points, assist to unblock the Qi and bring us back to balance. There is no western medical explanation for Qi; however, there is over 5,000 years of empirical evidence proving the effectiveness of acupuncture.
What are some common conditions that respond well with acupuncture treatment? **
Chronic/ Acute Pain Fibromyalgia Back pain Arthritis Headaches Digestive Problems Irritable Bowel Nausea Excessive hunger Bloating Ears/Nose/Throat Frequent colds Sinusitis Sore throat Tinnitus Emotional Depression Anxiety Irritability Poor memory Cardiovascular High blood press Palpitations Poor circulation Rapid Ht rate Gynecological Menopause PMS PCOS Fertility Dermatological Hives Rashes Eczema Dry skin Respiratory Difficulty breathing Cough Asthma COPD Auto Immune Allergies Lupus Celiac disease Thyroid dx Addictions Smoking cessation Alcohol Overeating Neurological Trigeminal Pain Bell’s Palsy Post stroke tx Numbness Miscellaneous Cancer tx support Fatigue Freq urination Insomnia
** Do not consider this list to be exhaustive, but only a sample of conditions that acupuncture can help**.
Remember to always check with your medical physicain before starting any treatment for any medical condition you have been diagnosed with. 
Please call our office today to learn more about how acupuncture can help you or your loved ones with your healthcare needs. Thomasina works out of both the Westwood and Hacknesack locations. If you are located in the following areas, Westwood, Hackensack, Ridgefield Park, Hillsdale, Bogota, Teaneck, Rochelle Park, Maywood, South Hackensack, Washington Township, call our office to see how acupuncture can change your life!