Bobbie Rene Parke is committed to providing her patients with the highest standard of care based on an attitude of gentleness, compassion, loving kindness, professionalism, and respect.
Using a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, nutritional therapy, and various stress reduction techniques you can overcome chronic, nagging health problems which may not be effectively addressed using other means.
By creating a treatment plan that addresses each individual's needs and includes various modalities of Oriental Medicine, Bobbie strives to treat not only the symptom, but also the root of illness, and thus restore the balance upon which holistic health is based.
Using a combination of safe, natural, and effective therapies, Bobbie can assist you in overcoming health concerns that stem from emotional and physical causes. Instead of just suppressing symptoms, her goal is to help you to heal at the core, and make genuine, long-lasting changes that will benefit you forever.
From your first appointment onward, you will never feel rushed through the healthcare process. Education is an essential dimension of healing and Bobbie takes great pride in being a knowledgeable resource for your questions and concerns. Her goal is to create an environment that will allow for deep trust and relaxation, integrity, and the potential for genuine transformation. If you have questions or would like more information, you are welcome to schedule for a free 20 minute consultation. Also, ask about a sliding fee schedule if quality healthcare seems like a financial impossibility.
About Bobbie Rene Parke Acupuncture Services
"This testimonial is to share with others what Rene has done for me over the past four years. My back was in such trauma that I had to leave my job for a year. I had had several x-rays which shoed deterioration of the spine due to the aging process. Back surgery was not something I could consider. The problem caused severe sciatic pain down my leg causing it to draw up so that I could only walk with an exaggerated limp.
Through Rene's wonderful care using Tuina and acupuncture, and recommendation of certain exercises and diet, I was able to go back to work. Unfortunately, I was having other problems in my neck and wrists as well. Bobbie graciously continued treating these problems. I have now been with Bobbie for four years and could not have continued in my profession as a professional pianist without her. She has made it possible for this aging person to continue using the gift God has given me.
What a blessing Rene has been to me and I thank God every day for her, my "angel of harmony". I am eternally grateful and know that her many clients are just as grateful as I am."
- Kay Jean
"I heard about Rene shortly after moving to Green Valley. I had been suffering with constant lower back pain for over 5 years. In the past I had a herniated disc and was told by several doctors in the Denver area that I had lumbar degenerative discs and the back of an 80 year old (I am 56). It wasn't a matter of if I was in pain or not, it was a matter of how much pain was I in.
When I read that Rene offered a free consult, I thought why not. I'm so glad I made that appointment. After the first treatment I had relief, and for hours I had no pain. After a couple months of treatment, I am now on maintenance only. It's still important for me to do the exercises that I learned in physical therapy and additional ones that Rene taught me.
After Rene resolved the main reason I went to see her, my back pain, she noticed some other health issues. Whenever she asked if I had a problem with this or that she was right on. I hadn't mentioned these issues as I had been dealing with them most of my adult life and thought that these things are just part of life. Rene has made me realize they don't have to be.
Rene is gifted with her ability to see and discover health issues that can be resolved. She has also referred me to people in the medical field that have been able to help.
I now live in Goodyear AZ, but no matter where I live, I'll make a few visits a year to Green Valley for my "Rene fix" as I call it. I can't thank Rene enough for sharing her talents and care in order to give so many others and me a better quality of life."
- Lori Rust
Acupuncture Treatment Style
Bobbie's primary approach to treatment is via Dr. Tan, Dr. Tung, and Dr. Chen Balance Techniques. She also offers Auricular (ear) acupuncture and Zhu's Scalp Acupuncture. Her goal is to help patients return to a state of wholeness and vital health by using the best tools for the unique needs of each patient. In addition to acupuncture, she may also employ many non-needle therapies. Here is a brief description of some of these highly effective adjunctive therapies.
Non Needle Therapies
Teishin is an ancient art of healing using a small instrument made of gold, silver and jade, or other precious materials. Healers in ancient China used stone probes, similar to the modern teishin tool, to influence the acupuncture points and meridians several thousand years before the invention of needles. The puncturing of acupoints became more fashionable during the 1600's with the advent of steel needles.
Tuina (Asian Body Therapy) and Acupressure
Trigger Point Therapy and Acupressure may be part of your treatment plan. These modalities utilize the same theory as acupuncture without using needles. One way to diagnose what is considered the "sick" meridian is by using a unique system of muscle testing. When the "sinew channels" are impaired, the muscle is weak when challenged. This is considered a diagnostic clue. If we know how to ask, the body will tell us where it is unbalanced. Muscle testing is one method for asking the body questions.
Chinese & Western Herbal Medicine, Topical Liniments and Herbal Plasters
Bobbie Rene Parke has extensive training in both Chinese and Western herbal traditions and utilizes both of them to create custom formulas for the special needs of each patient. In addition to clinical herbal medicine, she is a wildcrafter and master medicine maker. Herbal medicines address the underlying cause of illness and they rarely cause unwanted side effects. The Chinese Herbal medicines used in her dispensary are GMP certified. These herbal formulas come in several forms including capsules, tablets and liquid tinctures. She also uses topical liniments and plasters which are very helpful in reducing pain, inflammation, swelling, and speeding the healing process. Liniments are liquids applied directly to the skin, while plasters are Chinese herbs embedded in a cloth backing which are applied to the skin much like a large band-aid.
In Chinese Medical Theory many types of pain are said to be caused by stagnation. This condition arises when energy or blood becomes trapped in the skin and/or muscle tissue and is unable to move. Cupping stimulates the circulation within the superficial muscle layers and benefits conditions such as arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, headache, common cold, and cough. Small glass or plastic cups are placed over specific areas and a vacuum is created under the cup using suction. This creates a non-painful tugging sensation on your skin. The cups are usually left in place for a period of several minutes. Bobbie may also employ a technique called "sliding cupping" where the cups are moved around over a large area such as your back to help increase circulation in the tissues. Cupping creates areas of redness which generally resolve in about three to five days.
Bobbie has a strong background in both Chinese and Western nutritional therapies. She believes that a healthy, balanced, whole foods diet is one of the most important aspects of maintaining health. The digestive system is an integral part of the immune system and plays a significant role in a person's sense of well-being. For example, scientific evidence has demonstrated that there are more serotonin receptors in the gut than in the brain. Thus, a functional digestive system is actually one of the crucial keys to health and happiness. Nutritional recommendations have the objective to further reinforce vital digestive health and wholesome eating habits.
In addition, Bobbie often recommends consultation with a medical professional for laboratory studies to assess nutritional deficiencies, food allergies, or intestinal pathologies. Some health conditions may require both Eastern and Western medical modalities.
You will be shown how to breathe effectively. It is the single most important change you can make to create a profound shift in your health immediately. The Chinese word for "energy" is the same as the word for "breath". Thus, proper breathing automatically improves energy, focus, concentration and sense of well-being.
Qigong (pronounced "chee-gong")
Qigong is a powerful system of healing and energy medicine from China. It is the art and science of using breathing techniques, gentle movement, and meditation to cleanse, cultivate, circulate and refine energy throughout the body. Qigong practice leads to better health and vitality and a tranquil state of mind. It has been shown to improve posture and respiration, induce the relaxation response, cause favorable changes in blood chemistry, and improve self awareness and concentration. Qigong techniques were developed in accord with the principles of Chinese medicine and lead to better health, vitality and a tranquil state of mind.
The goals of practice are:
- Flexibility, balance, strength, awareness
- Optimal health
- Strengthening sense organs
- Supplementing and balancing internal organs
- Boosting immune function
- Promoting digestion and elimination
Both China and the U.S. have hosted conferences for academic exchange of qigong research. Qigong has been shown to improve posture and respiration, induce the relaxation response, cause favorable changes in blood chemistry, and improve self-awareness and concentration. Research suggests that Qigong may be beneficial for Asthma, Arthritis, Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Headaches, Pain, and a wide variety of common ailments. External Qi Healing is effective for the same range of illnesses as acupuncture.