Carolyn Rabiner, L. Ac. is a 1992 graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture, and is board certified in Acupuncture (NCCAOM). From 1992 until 2008, she owned and directed ABM Healthcare in Brookline, Massachusetts, where she gave talks to health care providers at New England Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and coordinated acupuncture treatment along with the pain management clinic at Beth Israel Hospital.
In 2008, Ms. Rabiner moved to Red Hook, where she has maintained a private practice, specializing in the treatment of pain. She also serves as a volunteer for Healthcare is a Human Right, a free clinic with three locations in the Hudson Valley.
I began the study of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 1989, after experiencing significant positive change as a result of Acupuncture treatment. It was not only the relief from symptoms that was so compelling; it was the overall sense of well-being and the beginning of a new way of understanding that which has the capacity to contribute to wellness.
Over the years, the insights that result from immersion in the philosophy that governs Oriental Medicine have inspired my practice and continue to deepen my appreciation of this extraordinary system of health care. The mission at High Ridge is to provide the very best that Oriental Medicine has to offer in order to help others realize their potential. Not only do patients obtain relief from complaints. They gain valuable insights into how they can maintain - and greatly further - their benefits.
Chinese herbal medicine may be even older than acupuncture. Herbalists compose highly individualized formulas which consist of two to fourteen or more ingredients, and often address multiple aspects of a condition. For example, antibiotics are able to eliminate bacteria but do not improve resistance to being infected.
As with all methods in Oriental Medicine, herbal therapy is used to restore balance through the gentle support of the individual’s own healing mechanisms. Herbal medicine can be given as teas, granules, tinctures or pills, as well as topically. They may be taken short-term for an acute condition or over the long term when necessary. Herbal medicine has a unique aspect to it in the use of formulas which are able to strengthen the body and improve the individual’s resistance to stressors in the environment.
Diet therapy utilizes the tremendous fund of knowledge about the healing effects of diet handed down through Chinese history. The energetic properties of foods are well understood in Chinese culture and can be used both to promote health and as treatment of disease. We can apply these concepts in our own cuisine. Typical examples of food therapy might include cooking with ginger, lamb, or pepper to feel warmer in cold weather, or increasing the use of cucumber, bean sprouts, or watermelon to help one feel cooler during the summer.
Recommendations for adjustments in diet are made individually for each patient, based on their constitutional patterns.
Modern medicine confirms what Chinese doctors have traditionally understood: that stress is a major contributor to illness.
Patients often feel surprisingly relaxed during and after acupuncture sessions. Other benefits may include improved sleep, the clearing of an emotional blockages, and increased clarity about how to deal with problems.
In addition to treatment with acupuncture, patients are offered stress management techniques such as breathing, visualization, and progressive muscle relaxation.