Greenwich Holistic Health applies a holistic approach to wellness by looking at every system of the body. We use a variety of treatments to treat the whole person and not just the disease. We take an in depth questionnaire which reveals the signs, symptoms and intricacies of each person’s case. No two people are alike, therefore each person has a different treatment.
We take into consideration each person’s life style, eating habits, stress, type of work, family situation, genetics and family history, exercise, injuries, sleep habits, relaxation and recreation in order to find where the imbalance is and to decipher what has caused it. Energy becomes blocked by many different causes such as stress, bad diet, hormonal fluctuations or sleep disturbances. We work to rebalance the whole person by finding the blockages and imbalances using the following systems:
Time is spent discussing with patients what their issues are and what they want addressed. Acupuncture is not only for people who have a specific complaint. It is also for those who want to enrich their lives or simply want to maintain their good health and prevent future illness. The beauty of this system of medicine is that it acknowledges the uniqueness of each individual. Rather than addressing the isolated symptoms of illness, acupuncture nurtures the whole person—body, mind, and spirit.
Donna holds a Masters degree in acupuncture from the Tristate College of Acupuncture in Manhattan and is certified in Chinese herbal medicine. She is licensed to practice acupuncture in New York and Connecticut and is certified by the National Commission for Certification of Acupuncturists and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). The study of Chinese Medicine includes Chinese theory in diagnosing and treating, individual nutrition plans, weight loss and cleanse programs, herbal medicine, acupuncture, acupressure, moxabustion, (the use of an herb heated over acupuncture points), and cupping. Donna incorporates Japanese meridian and five element theory and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in her style of acupuncture, In 1995 Donna opened her practice in New York City at Soho Medical Center, a mainstream medical center where she treated a variety of issues.
Donna also had an office at PhisioFitness in Soho, a physical therapy center dealing with injuries and rehabilitation. Her current practice is in Old Greenwich, CT, where she has been helping people since 1999. Nutrition and herbal medicine are very important elements in Donna’s practice. She has been continuing to study intensively on the many areas of the subjects in order to keep up to date on new research and treatments in these areas. Women’s issues are a large part of her practice as well as injuries, digestive issues, stress and overall health and well being. Acupuncture facelift treatments is also one of her specialties. She is certified in this area of acupuncture and combines the treatments of acupuncture and essential oil massage with overall health treatments to help her patients attain health and beauty on the inside and outside.
First Donna goes through an extensive medical history of the patient in order to determine certain recurring patterns and understand the unbalance that produces the pain, the stress or any other ailments. That first thorough questionnaire will be the basis for a Q&A between Donna and her patients. A quick body check-up follows limited to observation and pulse.Subsequent visits will start with a discussion on progress from last visit.
Once a month, Donna organizes a Group of patients to opt in for a cleansing program whereas once follows a diet that allows the body to take a break, regenerate itself and allows to get rid of a few habits such as coffee and alcohol. These diets are not designed to loose weight but have the effects of doing just so. As a follow-up, and as part of the holistic approach, Donna will follow-up on your nutrition education and recommend the most appropriate diets for your particular body type.
Part of the initial questionnaire is to determine not only physical malaise, nutrition issues, but also the appropriate intake of vitamins. A complete recommendation based on your body type, physical conditions and current ailment will be given to each patient.
Once the pattern of unbalance has been determined, a specific, precise acupuncture treatment is determined. This is painless, the needles are extremely thin and most people do not feel them. Once the needles are in place, there is a period of deep relaxation and complete de-stressing. This treatment lasts from twenty to thirty minutes.
Each person’s case is different and the treatment needs vary with each person. Most often, six to eight visits are necessary to retrain the body and put it in balance. It is best to have two or three visits per week for acute problems.
A very specific treatment called “facial rejuvenation” is also available. It concentrates on the wrinkles of the face and is also performed with microscopic needles, essential oils and massage.
At Greenwich Holistic Health we suggest healthy food choices for each individual, find where there are deficiencies and imbalances and suggest supplements made from whole foods when needed.
As a nation, we eat poor-quality foods that have been stripped of nutrients. We do not consume enough fresh fruits and vegetables. Many of us get our grains from instant rice, refined wheat breads, pastas, and cereal. We eat a tremendous amount of prepackaged, pre-made meals. One-quarter of Americans eat at fast food restaurants each day. Americans are overfed and undernourished.
The foods we eat are not providing our bodies with the nutrition it needs to survive and be healthy. We are starving our bodies and we are sick. We suffer from diabetes, heart attacks, obesity, and the list goes on and on.
Given proper nutrition, the human body has an amazing ability to heal itself. If properly fed and given the right nutrients, the human body is designed to repair itself. To do so, we need to eat a healthier diet, exercise, and take high-quality supplements made from whole foods. Whole food supplements supply our bodies with nutrients we are not getting from our diet, all the vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, and phytonutrients that foods possess in a way that nature intended, in a whole food form.
Cleanse your body and manage your weight with the Standard Process 21-day Purification Program, which focuses on making better food and lifestyle choices to create a whole new you.
The foundation of our 21-day purification program includes eating whole, organic, and unprocessed foods; taking whole food supplements; and drinking plenty of water. You will eat vegetables and fruit with select proteins. It's simple, yet clinically effective.
Purification is merely the internal cleansing and detoxification of your body. Think of it as "spring cleaning" for your insides.
“Purification”, also known as detoxification, can help you remove natural toxins from your body and help maintain a healthy weight. We are exposed to external toxins everyday, including pollutants, pesticides, and chemicals. Internally our bodies produce waste byproducts as a result of normal metabolic function. Although your body is designed to rid itself of these toxins naturally, it can become overburdened. Purification offers your body additional support to expel natural toxins and minimize your weight, which is important to maintaining your health and vitality.
A “purification program” can have a significant, positive effect on the biochemistry of the body while allowing natural toxins and byproducts of daily metabolism to be eliminated. By participating in a purification program, you may notice the following:
The Standard Process “Purification Program” is not a diet. It is a program that helps you live a healthier life by purifying, nourishing, and maintaining a healthy body and weight.
Our purification program emphasizes supplements and whole foods, particularly fruits and vegetables, while limiting high-calorie, refined foods and saturated fats. Nourishing yourself with nutrient-rich foods will provide the complex combination of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are needed to protect the body and promote Optimal Health.
At Greenwich Holistic Health we will help you find the right diet for your constitution and lifestyle, help to eliminate the foods that cause problems and suggest supplements made from whole, organic food which will give you the added nutrients you need to live a long and healthy life.
Although well known in the U.S. for pain relief, acupuncture is effective for a wide variety of problems. It has been endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These bodies have declared acupuncture an effective treatment for the following conditions:
Acupuncture is used successfully in conjunction with conventional medicine. Practitioners cooperate with other health providers and do not recommend altering medications or other therapies without consulting the physician or provider. Insurance often covers acupuncture treatments.
Acupuncture needles are very slender (slightly thicker than a human hair) and cause very little, if any, discomfort. They bear no resemblance to hypodermic syringes used for injections. The finest quality sterile, single-use, disposable, stainless steel needles are used. The acupuncturist gently inserts the needle just below the surface of the skin. Needling sensation is usually felt as heaviness, tingling, or warmth at the point of insertion. This indicates that the Qi has been successfully reached and treatment is working. Most patients find a treatment to be very relaxing and refreshing.
Meridians are the channels within your body through which the energy or Qi flows. Acupuncture are located along the pathways and are chosen for treatment depending on the condition.
Hot stones therapy is used to activate points as an alternative to acupuncture and is soothing and warming to the body.
The ancient Chinese knew that we are a part of nature and we respond to the change in seasons just as the plants and animals do. They looked to the five seasons and Five Elements in nature to understand the human condition and our connection to the world at large.
A 3,000-year-old holistic system of medicine combining the use of medicinal herbs, acupuncture, food therapy, massage, and therapeutic exercise. Chinese physicians look for the underlying causes of imbalance in the "yin" and "yang" which lead to disharmony in the "qi" energy in the body. Traditional Chinese Medicine addresses how illness manifests itself in a patient and treats the patient, not the ailment or disease
Acupuncture is known to activate the energy flow in the body. The Chinese name for this energy is Qii (pronounced “chee”), which is translated as “life force or vital energy”. Qi is what animates you and gives you vitality. Qi traverses the body in pathways called meridians. These meridians are like rivers flowing through the body which nourish the tissues and organs and enable them to function. When Qi is moving freely, life is experienced fully and you are healthy. If the Qi is blocked or disturbed in some way, the result is often illness, pain, or emotional stress. An obstruction in the movement of the energy rivers is like a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it in others. There are specific acupuncture points all along the meridians. The stimulation of these points with needles rebalances, unblocks, and harmonizes the energy flow, therefore, restoring health.
Herbal Medicine has been used for thousands of years by many cultures to heal people in native cultures, ancient civilizations and modern societies. Most western medicine uses the herbal medicine as its base and then synthesizes it to make it mass produceable.
Chinese herbal medicine uses complex formulas that are very effective and safe to treat many conditions. They can be pills, powders, tinctures, or teas and are taken for longer periods of time. They can be western, Chinese or Ayurvedic herbs in the formulas.
In China, herbal medicine is considered as the primary therapeutic modality of internal medicine. Of the approximately 500 Chinese herbs that are in use today, 250 or so are very commonly used.
Rather than being prescribed individually, single herbs are combined into formulas that are designed to adapt to the specific needs of individual patients. A herbal formula can contain anywhere from 3 to 25 herbs. As with diet therapy, each herb has one or more of the five flavors/functions and one of five "temperatures" ("Qi") (hot, warm, neutral, cool, cold). After the herbalist determines the energetic temperature and functional state of the patient's body, he or she prescribes a mixture of herbs tailored to balance disharmony.