This is one tough woman.

Catherine Craig, owner of Evolution Acupuncture, began her career as a product manager with a cosmetic company.  In her early twenties she was in a car accident and was struggling to get better.  The resistance to treatment turned out to be an autoimmune disease, a debilitating chronic pain condition.  She was then she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

After the car accident, “I had done a lot of conventional medical modalities, pain killers, chiropractic, physical therapy and nothing was working for me.  I started doing acupuncture and things started to turn around for me, while also making adjustments in my lifestyle including diet” said Catherine.  She was so impressed with acupuncture she quit her job to go study and opened up her practice.

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Like I said, one tough woman.

But you’ve never know that from speaking with her: positive, funny, serious and obviously intelligent.  You can tell she loves what she does.

Catherine is a Board Certified and Licensed Acupuncturist, specializing in chronic & acute pain management, holistic lifestyle & dietary counseling, and chronic disease management.  She received her Clinical Masters of Science in Acupuncture from the Tri-State College of Acupuncture and received her B.A. from Vassar College.

There’s a lot of debate where and how acupuncture started but it is generally agreed upon that it was practiced in East Asia three to five thousand years ago.  “Some say it started in the battlefield, the Chi Masters who mapped out the pathways in the body, and there’s a third theory that seamstresses after working all day, would get tired and stick the needles in their sore muscles!” said Catherine.

Depending on the State, to become a licensed acupuncturist requires: completing a three-year program that includes over three thousand hours of training and in the last year in school completing a clinical internship under a supervisor.

It’s not all needles.

Cupping acupuncture therapy uses heated glass cups which creates a vacuum, and then is applied to the skin.  It is either left there or moved over the area.  “I’ll use cupping with asthma and other respiratory disorders and certain types of muscular disorders.  It compresses the tissue by vacuuming the tissue away from the bones and the tendons” said Catherine.

Moxa acupuncture therapy is an herb which in English is called Mug Wort.  The soft dry herb is inserted in a device and placed on and then burned over certain parts of the body.  Catherine noted that, “It creates a micro burn on the body which signals the white blood cells to send healing mechanisms to that area. It can be used for a deficiency like irritable bowel syndrome.  The Moxa adds substance to the body.”

I mentioned that I had a reoccurring calf muscle cramp (and I really wanted to try this myself).  Catherine was nice enough to provide several acupuncture procedures.  The actual sterile needle is just barely visible to the naked eye.  Never felt a thing.  Got to admit, my calf muscle is loose and feels terrific.

It’s an amazing technique and one of the oldest therapies in the world.  Check out  Evolution Acupuncture  website for the many conditions that can be treated.

If you feel you are not getting the results you want from conventional medical treatments, make an appointment with Catherine Craig at Evolution Acupuncture.

It might just change your life.

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