Northwest NEWS

November 25, 2002

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Valley Business-Office of acupuncture and Oriental medicine opens in Duvall

Sheila M. Blackman, L.Ac. MA AOM, has opened an office of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in Duvall. She has been a professional health care provider for 15 years, first as a certified massage therapist and, since 1996, as a nationally certified and state licensed practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. She practiced in Southeast Alaska before relocating in June 2002 to Duvall.
   Blackman says acupuncture and Oriental medicine is based on an energetic model rather than the biochemical model of Western medicine.
   The ancient Chinese recognized a vital energy behind all life forms and life processes. They called this energy Qi (pronounced chee). In developing an understanding of the prevention and cure of disease, these healing practitioners discovered that this energy flows along specific pathways called "meridians." Each pathway is associated with a particular physiological system and internal organ. Disease is considered to arise due to a deficiency or imbalance of energy in the meridians and their associated physiological systems. Acupuncture points are specific locations along the meridians. Each point has a predictable effect upon the vital energy passing through it. Modern science has been able to measure the electrical charge at these points, thus corroborating the locations of the meridians mapped by the ancients.
   Many conditions may be alleviated very rapidly by acupuncture and Oriental herb formulas, says Blackman. They are the fastest growing complementary and alternative medicine modalities in the U.S. today and are covered by many health insurance plans.
   For an appointment or information, call (206) 696-2478 or (425) 788-7100.