I am so excited to have Eve Sicurelle back interviewing wonderful practitioners in the area. Eve is a student in the Holistic Health program. She has done past presentations and will be doing presentations in March this coming year. She took time to interview acupuncturist Keith Koehler. Keith have been active in the GCU community for quite a while and I am so excited to share this interview with the blog.
Be sure to take a look at a past blog post Keith did talking about acupuncture.
Thank you Eve and Keith!
After a semester in GCU’s Holistic Health Program (in particular the Anatomy and Physiology) my interest in the subtle manifestation of Qi (life force energy) was piqued. Over the years I had used acupuncture to quit smoking as well as to manage pain. In the beginning I was a bit phobic about the needles however I soon came to know they were rarely felt during insertion. Sometimes during a session I’d feel “currents” running along meridians. More often I’d feel a peaceful sense of relaxation while resting and allowing the needles to do their work. I’d heard about Certified Acupuncturist Keith Koehler from several of my colleagues who were treating with him and who experienced relief of symptoms brought on by stress and hormone imbalance. Hormones and stress,… what a combustible mix!
Hormone imbalance (which can occur from our late teens to late 20’s) is a condition that can benefit from acupuncture. Symptoms of imbalance can manifest as headaches/migraines, dysmenorrhea, neck/low back pain and mood swings. Dr. Koehler suggested that acupuncture works well to balance the hormone cycle and can provide relief of uncomfortable symptoms.
Stress is another imbalance that can be managed with acupuncture. Two of the areas that manifest stress most frequently are the head/neck/shoulder area as well as the gut. We are all familiar with the headache/migraine/“pain in the neck” experiences, but what about the gut? It is here the parasympathetic nervous system can express imbalance by stools that are too loose or really compacted as well as other digestive related issues. Dr. K also indicated stress can be exacerbated by outside influences (think of bacteria or viral infections/illness) which can further influence the energetic balance in our bodies.
Some of the outside influences that can bring on imbalance include early sexual activity, poor food choices and poor breathing habits. Of these, I find the most intriguing to be breathing habits. There are many factors that can influence the quality and effectiveness of our breath and it is ultimately the breath that can influence the state of our well-being. Environmental stressors (i.e., smoking, indoor and outdoor pollution) as well as emotion (we tend to hold our breath or breathe shallowly when stressed) can affect the quality and effectiveness of our breath. This can result in accessory breathing muscles becoming restricted which further inhibit breath quality as well as the fluidity of energetic movement through our bodies.
If imbalance influences our state of well-being, how can we bring ourselves to a balanced state? Yoga, tai chi, meditation are all well-known for their abilities to minimize stress and increase production of serotonin. In addition, activities that increase cardiovascular health help to release stress that has accumulated in the body. Be creative and try different things until you find that which brings you the best results. As I was processing this information, I had to agree. I noted that the times I feel the best are the times when my diet is appropriate and there is some activity that makes me sweat daily.
Some insurances do cover acupuncture treatment however, If you’re not sure whether yours does, ask Dr. Koehler. He will check and let you know. In the event your coverage does not extend to acupuncture, Dr. Koehler offers a GCU discount.
Some of us are “called” to our vocations by meaningful events in our lives and this was certainly the case for Dr. Koehler who as a young boy watched his father suffer with incapacitating back pain. It was acupuncture that ultimately provided relief and allowed his dad to once again participate in life in a way he hadn’t in a long time. It was clear to me that Dr. Koehler has a deep connection with this healing art and is certainly passionate about getting people back on their feet, no matter the cause for the problem. If you are challenged in fully participating in life because of hormonal or stress related imbalance, acupuncture may be that which helps you to pull it back together.
Keith Koehler, MAOM, C.A. is a certified acupuncturist (NJ). He is also a member of the Advisory Council for the Holistic Health Graduate Program at Georgian Court University. He received his Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture, the oldest school of Chinese medicine in the United States. Prior to acupuncture, Keith earned a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education. Through his studies in acupuncture and health education, Keith has developed a passion for advancing his knowledge of the human body and how to maintain an optimal level of health. When he is not in the office, Keith enjoys staying active through surfing, tai chi, and coaching high school wrestling. His goal is to help others enhance their quality of health, through treatment and education. Keith practices acupuncture out of his office, Koehler Acupuncture location on Drum Point Rd. in Brick, NJ. Please call 732-262-0637 if you are interested in setting up an appointment.