Pivotal Point Oriental Medicine
Natural Health Specialist
Hi, I'm Jenny Gamer. As long as I can remember, I was interested in how your body works to heal. As an alternative medicine provider, people often come to me once they have exhausted all other avenues. And, all too often, I hear the comment, "I wish I had come to you sooner."
At Pivotal Point Oriental Medicine in Faribault, I will work with you to figure out what may be causing your health issues and find natural solutions to fix them.
I believe in the unity and balance of the universe, which includes our environment and our health, which the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine defines and supports.
For over fifteen years I have practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM—a 5,000 year old medical system based on using the laws of nature to understand the inner workings of the human body. Used by one-fourth of the world’s 7 billion people, TCM is based on the idea that everything in nature seeks harmony and balance. When there is disharmony or unbalance, there is illness.
Like the universe, the world, and life itself, your health is like a constant battle between opposites: yin and yang, heat and cold, joy and sadness. Too much or too little or one or the other upsets the balance of this delicate dance, and can block the flow of qi (pronounced “chee”), the vital energy that animates all. TCM differs from western medicine in that it treats the whole person, rather than just trying to control symptoms.
I hold M.Om degree, L.Ac licenture, and Dipl.Chinese Herbology and Dipl. Acupuncture board certifications, which means that I am qualified and licensed to help restore health using aspects of TCM including acupuncture, herbal therapy, dietary therapy and bodywork.
Pivotal Point Medicine is located in Faribault. Both the herbal medicines and the relaxing acupuncture space provide a private space for you to get the support and solutions you need.
Parking is available right in front of the building.
Why Chinese Medicine?
It can help with
Chinese medicine can help with metabolism and elimination issues including pain and bloating
There are so many reasons people have fatigue, both from weaknesses in the system as well as stagnation.
Acupuncture is famous for pain management! Acute or chronic Chinese medicine can help.
From painful periods, premenstrual syndrome, infertility, acne, to hot flashes and menopausal syndrome Chinese medicine can help.
Headaches and Migranes
Get rid of headaches and migraines for good, naturally.
Stress contributes to many many diseases. Acupuncture moves the nervous system into its rest and digest mode as part of how it works and so a side effect of any treatment is stress reduction.
Jenny is so knowledgeable! I have seen her for quite a few different issues and she has been able to turn things around for me every time. Sometimes with herbs and sometimes with acupuncture. I refer many of my clients to her as well! Highly recommend!!
Why It Works
When you are sick or injured, you just want the pain to stop. Pivotal Point Oriental Medicine can do that. There are 56 ailments for which Traditional Chinese Medicine is approved worldwide, and pain relief is probably the number one reason people seek treatment.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is much more than a “quick fix” for discomfort—it’s a way of life that embraces the interconnectedness of all things as its philosophy.
It’s about the energy that connects us with others, our environment, and the universe. Our internal systems function in relationship to our external environment much like a mobile: change in one part affects the harmony of the whole.
What usually upsets the balance is not primarily an injury or a microbe, but the stress we feel when something in our environment—or something in ourselves—upsets us. A wise man once said that “behind all disease lie our fears, anxieties, greed, likes and dislikes.” In our rapidly changing world, this resistance—otherwise known as stress—is the number one cause of dis-ease in many Western cultures.
Health is Happiness and Happiness is Health
Homeostasis—balance—is the body’s paradise, and our complex, many-faceted systems are always seeking this state of happy, harmonious simplicity.
When we place too many forces on the body unnecessarily—through drugs, sleep deprivation, excessive or not enough exercise, too much food and drink, or inconsistent schedules—we break homeostasis with stress.
Stress disrupts the flow of our qi (pronounced “chee’), or life- force. Pain can be seen as stuck energy: it has been over-stimulated, blocked or stagnated by stress, causing “dis-ease” in our body, mind and spirit.
Western medicine tends to treat by manipulating symptoms, rather than addressing the root cause of illness. The danger of this is that while we may get a temporary release from pain, the underlying cause may only be driven deeper, lying in wait to recur in a less tractable form. This is why Pivotal Point Oriental Medicine is often more successful than Western medicine in addressing chronic illnesses.
Pivotal Point Oriental Medicine also treats the individual, not her disease. We are each unique in our experiences and perceptions, our genetic makeup, and how we move through the world. Thus, a “headache” is treated differently in a quiet pale, tired person who is studying too much than for a large, loud, red-faced person who is often irritable. Pain may be stuck energy, but how and where it’s stuck is quite individual.
Pivotal Point Medicine will teach you how to listen to your body, alert to signals and symptoms that something is out of whack, just as we as a species are learning to be alert to the signs that things may be out of balance in our environment—of which we are an inseparable part.
Your Body and Food
Our sustaining life force is comprised of what we take in from the environment— our air, our water, and our food. Nutritional therapy—choosing the best foods for health-- is an important pillar of TCM. Food is the best drug, and Mother Nature is the best pharmacist on the planet: that’s why she made wholesome food taste so good. And I believe that keeping our environment free of toxins keeps our internal environments in balance, as does learning to live in sync with the seasons.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the truth that the world is in us, just as we are in the world.
Your Health Starts Here
Hours by appointment
Openings between 9:30 and 6:00 weekdays
Accept cash, check or credit card. I can provide a 'superbill' if you want to submit to your insurance company.
414 Heritage Place
Faribault, MN 55021