The Acupuncture Meridian System
Acupuncture is the oldest continually practiced form of healthcare in the world. Written texts on this practice date back to 300 B.C.E. Michelle Meramour practices a classic, centuries-old Japanese style of acupuncture combined with her own Body‐Feedback system to identify blockages or weaknesses in the acupuncture meridian system. Michelle looks for discomfort, tightness, and weakness at key points. These act as alarm points for both inflammation and organ dysfunction. She assesses muscle tone for tightness, weakness, spasms, and atrophy to identify imbalanced meridians to be treated. The Body-Feedback system uses classical point prescriptions, focusing on constitutional weaknesses that arise from the interaction of the meridian pairs. Michelle’s approach is systematic and provides long‐lasting results when combined with lifestyle changes, Chinese herbs, therapeutic‐grade essential oils, or high-quality nutritional supplements.
The World Health Organization (WHO) approved acupuncture for the treatment of over 100 conditions. The approvals were based on feedback from controlled clinical studies and information gathered from both Asian and European countries. WHO felt compelled to assess the effectiveness of this treatment approach because of the overwhelming acceptance of acupuncture in these regions of the world. North American countries have been the last of the first-world nations to incorporate these natural treatment approaches into their healthcare systems.
For more information on specific conditions for which acupuncture has been deemed effective visit the Evidence-Based position paper.
What to Expect
Michelle Meramour works with you during the acupuncture sessions —your body will guide her in determining which systems need the most attention. With your body’s help, she can identify root meridian imbalances affecting several areas at once. What might seem like unrelated symptoms to you, often are clues Michelle uses in her diagnosis and treatment.
Michelle begins each session by identifying challenged Body-Feedback areas. Then she will test a combination of acupuncture points, essential oils, nutritional supplements, or Chinese herbs based on those areas. She will determine which combination best corrects the meridian imbalances and releases the Body-Feedback areas. This feedback, in combination with your symptoms, gives Michelle information to create an easily understandable picture of what is occurring with your health.
Even before Michelle inserts the last needle, you will feel significant shifts in your body. This is how you know the treatment will be successful. Then you will be given the opportunity to rest with the needles in for 15-30 minutes, depending on the treatment approach and the number of points used during the session. If needed, Michelle will incorporate cupping or gua sha therapy, electro-stimulation of the needles, or stretching techniques.
You should feel both immediate results by the end of your session and improvements over the next few days to a few weeks, depending on your lifestyle and general health. New clients may find it helpful to schedule sessions more frequently in the beginning. Long-term clients typically enjoy monthly or seasonal tune-ups to keep their body in a state of optimal health.
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Michelle Meramour’s Specialities
- Female infertility
- Male infertility
- Menopause support
- Andropause support
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Repeat miscarriage
Immune System Support:
- Autoimmune conditions
- Allergies and asthma
- Low immune and chronic infections
- Chronic inflammation
- Abdominal pain or discomfort
- Food allergies and food intolerances
- Weight loss and improved metabolism
- Bloating and indigestion
- Foot pain and plantar fasciitis
- Back pain and neck pain
- TMJ or jaw pain
- Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
Michelle is amazing! In Michelle’s holistic approach to healing, she takes into account your diet and lifestyle, and makes recommendations according to the signals that your body gives her. Since making the changes that she suggested, I literally feel like a new person. The acupuncture sessions are equally personalized, and the results are incredible – I leave feeling… Read more »
- Jaw Pain Relieved with Acupuncture Treatment
“I have been working with Michelle Buchanan for over 2 years. Personally, we began using acupuncture and essential oils to cure my debilitating migraines. I have to say the progress we have made has changed my life. Professionally, I have been using essential oils with children who have suffered severe abuse, neglect and abandonment issues.… Read more »
- Migraines and Headaches Gone with Body-Feedback by Leah
I first visited Isthmus Acupuncture a skeptic. I had suffered with planters fasciitis for nearly two years and after failed physical therapy and many months sleeping with a boot and performing heating and ice treatment, I was informed of Isthmus Acupuncture and Michelle. After only two treatments, my feet began to improve and after 4 treatments I was running again… Read more »
- Plantar Fasciitis Relieved with Acupuncture
I decided to try acupuncture with Michelle Buchanan for my diffuse symptoms that Western medicine was not resolving well. At my first meeting I was so pleased to have her understand my complaints and feel confident that she could heal my chronic sinus reactions to foods and pollen, gastric pain, fatigue with lots of sleeping,… Read more »
- Allergies and Chronic Sinusitis Improved with Acupuncture
When you hear your child tell you, “I can’t live like this,” it’s time to try something else. After blood tests, bone scans, x-rays, and medication that didn’t help, we came to Michelle for an alternative opinion on what could help our daughter ‘live’ again. We left our first appointment with a sense of hope and within three… Read more »