Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body. This process stimulates movement of energy within the body, allowing natural healing to take place. These points are selected based on over 3,000 years of experience in China and your acupuncturists’ extensive Master’s level didactic and clinical training.Your acupuncture visit will include a comprehensive interview covering health history, present concerns and overall body constitution. This process allows your acupuncturist to treat your symptoms and also formulate a customized treatment plan that will treat the root cause of your health concern.
Chinese Herbs and Supplements
Chinese herbal medicine is the primary treatment method within traditional Chinese medicine. There are more than 300 Chinese herbs that date back 2,000 years and shown to enhance your health and support your Western treatment. Chinese medicine is based on a constitutional approach. Instead of prescribing a specific supplement/medication for one condition, Chinese medicine recognizes patterns and a group of symptoms to identify and treat the root of the issue. Chinese granule herbs have been carefully selected by Thrive. These sources test quality and purity of all herbal extracts. The sources test for heavy metals and pesticides. A certificate of analysis is provided on each batch of herbs to guarantee this.
Chinese Bodywork and Kinesiotaping
East Asian medicine includes a variety of hands-on bodywork to alleviate acute and chronic conditions. Hands on therapy methods that may be included in your treatment include: Tuina, cupping, Guasha, hot stones and moxibustion.
Tuina is a therapeutic form of massage that includes therapeutic rhythmic compression techniques that facilitate healing. Tuina enhances lymphatic circulation to ease pain and stagnation in the body.
Cupping therapy is a technique where suctioned cups are placed on the skin to promote circulation, alleviate tension and decrease pain.
Moxibustion is also a technique used where artemesia vulgaris (mugwort) is heated over an acupuncture point or specific area of the body for therapeutic purposes. It’s soothing and warming nature can alleviate a variety of concerns.
Meet Gracia Tharp, MS, EAMP
Owner, Thrive Acupuncture & WellnessAcupuncturist & East Asian Medicine Practitioner, Chinese Herbalist & Certified Kinesio Taping® Practitioner
Gracia Tharp’s experience training focuses on the integration of Eastern medicine into the Western medical model. She holds a Master of Science degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Bastyr University. Acupuncture and East Asian medicine are vital components in the treatment of acute and chronic illness. While Gracia values the importance of Western medicine, she first seeks health solutions that may eliminate the need for more invasive methods. Gracia weaves these Eastern components into your Western treatment options to provide you with the best and highest level-of-care.
Gracia, herself, was run through the typical allopathic treatment system. After receiving unnecessary surgery and failed treatments she grew discouraged she would not recover from her illness. After years of unanswered questions, she was recommended acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine— which transformed her life. Seeing personally how acupuncture changed her quality of life and health she decided to return to school. She hoped to return this gift of health to others. While Gracia values the importance of Western Medicine, she also sees that surgery and pharmaceuticals may not be the best first line of defense.
Gracia has seen how acupuncture can transform athletes and help them achieve their personal goals by performance enhancement, facilitating recovery time of acute and chronic injuries. In 2013, Gracia was fortunate to assist the Seattle Mariners Athletic Training Department during spring training in Perioa, AZ. Gracia provided the professional athletes acupuncture and tui na massage.
Gracia also volunteers at the Seattle Marathon treating marathon runners with acupuncture,Kinesio Taping®
and Chinese massage post-race. Gracia is a certified Kinesio Taping® Practitioner and a member of the Kinesio Taping® Association International.
In a nation where prescription drug use is on the rise, Gracia has a deep interest in promoting the effective use of Chinese herbal medicine. Gracia has studied herbal medicine in China at Chengdu University Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Shanghai University Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine. These hospitals apply the Chinese model in utilizing the best of traditional herbal treatments in conjunction with modern drugs.
As a former assistant teacher of pharmacology at Bastyr University, Gracia is able to use her Western pharmacological knowledge to prescribe Chinese herbal medicine effectively to her patients supplementing allopathic medication and treatment.
Because Experience Matters
Gracia Tharp, (MSAOM) is a licensed practitioner of East Asian medicine (EAMP) in the state of Washington. She is a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Gracia Tharp graduated from Bastyr University in Seattle with a dual Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. She underwent rigorous clinical and didactic training at Bastyr University in addition to several off-site acupuncture clinical rotations including:
- Chengdu University of TCM Hospital (Chengdu, China)
- Shanghai University of TCM Hospital (Shanghai, China)
- Providence Regional Cancer Partnership (Everett, WA)
- Mariners’ MLB Team, Athletic Training Department (Peoria, AZ)
- Mayo Clinic, Complementary and Alternative Health (Rochester, MN)
- International Clinic, Harborview Medical Center (Seattle, WA)
- Chronic Fatigue Clinic, Harborview Medical Center (Seattle, WA)
- Rehabilitation Center, Providence Mount St. Vincent (Seattle, WA)
- UW Neighborhood Clinic (Northgate, WA)
- Bastyr Center for Natural Health (Seattle, WA)
- Immune Wellness Clinic, Bastyr Center for Natural Health (Seattle, WA)
Dedicated To Continuing Education
Gracia understands the importance of continuing education in Western medicine in addition to Eastern medicine. She has pursued professional enrichment opportunities at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and at the University of Washington Neighborhood clinic in Seattle to stay informed on current research and treatment methods in allopathic medicine.
Gracia also continues to take courses and trainings in Eastern medicine to explore additional advanced treatment methods for her patients. In 2014, Gracia served at Bastyr University as a teacher assistant in one of the core curriculum courses for acupuncture students.
Preventative medicine is a key component in attaining a level of health that allopathic medicine alone cannot reach—and lowers health costs. By integrating these two medicines you can reach your optimal health and avoid expensive interventions.
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