Acupuncture seems to be a very helpful supplemental therapy for Lyme- seems to really help people!!!! Helps stimulate the bodys own defense systems- have had this help many people locally- not cure, but genuinely, consistently help with symptoms- *********************************** Posted March 29, 2007
Pinpointing relief is her business
By Troy Laack Sheboygan Press staff
Judy Gagnon struggles with migraine headaches that cause pain and vertigo -- but she's been able to live more freely since she began seeing acupuncturist Sarah Schwarz of Plymouth two years ago.
"It really does help," said Gagnon, 55, of Sheboygan. "It keeps things at bay. Some people 'poo-poo' acupuncture. I don't because she's made my life more livable."
Schwarz has been providing acupuncture services for more than two years at Francis Chiropractic Clinic in Plymouth, and she opened her own business, Healthy Living Acupuncture at 55 Stafford St. in Plymouth, on March 1.
"It promotes healing through meridians of the body and we stimulate qi (pronounced chee) within specific areas and qi energy," said Schwarz, of Plymouth. "We're always trying to influence the body to give balance to the qi.
"When you come in, I'll look at your tongue and take your pulse," said Schwarz, 27. "I'll ask you 10 questions all about yourself and from there, I come up with a diagnosis and come up with a plan to use specific points to either tonify or sedate the excess and deficiencies of the body."
Schwarz treats a variety of conditions with acupuncture and oriental herbs.
"The most prominent condition that I would treat would be pain of any sort -- back, knees, headaches, migraines are big," Schwarz said. "For women's health, I treat infertility, menstruation, regulating PMS. Even with infertility, I treat the men and the women."
Schwarz treats anger problems, depression, overeating, asthma, allergies, facial twitches and other things.
"There's many different things you can do with acupuncture," Schwarz said. "It's more of a medical art than a science."
Acupuncture treatment for smoking is popular, Schwarz said.
"When you're ready to quit, it helps," Schwarz said. "If you're not ready to quit, no miracles can happen there. There's a lot of Chinese herbs that work well with the acupuncture treatment that I find to be almost necessary to clear the lungs of phlegm and things like that."
The cost is $78 for an initial evaluation and treatment and $60 per treatment after that, Schwarz said. A treatment session typically takes 45 minutes to an hour.
She also sells herbs in raw form and supplemental tablets.
Schwarz went to the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago and Racine for four years.
She had planned on going to nursing school but opted to learn about acupuncture and oriental medicine.
"I chose oriental medicine because it has less side effects, it has a non-pharmaceutical approach to healing," she said. "The whole bureaucratic system of Western health care can get a little confining in your ability to grow and what you can do."
Bob Baker of the Fond du Lac County Town of Forest has been seeing Schwarz for four years because he has Lyme disease, which has caused him pain and loss of sleep.
"I find that acupuncture has really, really helped me immensely," said Baker, 59. "I have found it to be almost a life-saver to me."
Schwarz sticks needles in his back, feet, ears, face and the top of his head.
"One day, I counted as she was taking the needles out and I think she had used like 78 needles on me that particular day," Baker said. "She will explain to you why she's doing them in a very professional way."
Both Baker and Gagnon said the needles are painless.
Massage therapist Elizabeth Jones of Elkhart Lake also will begin offering her services April 18 in Schwarz's office under the name Natural Elements Massage & Wellness.
"One of the things that Sarah and I are going to offer is that clients can come in and get both treatments one right after the other," said Jones, 36. "They wouldn't even have to get off the table."
Jones treats a variety of things including pain, stress and other issues. Jones went through 1,000 hours of training at Ashmead College in Vancouver, Wash. An hour massage costs $50 and a 90-minute session costs $80.
Jones will provide massage services at Charlene's of Elkhart in Elkhart Lake on Mondays and Thursdays, and at Healthy Living Acupuncture on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
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