• Rachel Lingenfelter

Qi Strong Acupuncture with Gloria Cominsky

Nowadays, many people are searching for different forms of alternative medicine in hopes of solving a problem they have faced for years. To some, alternative medicine comes with a lot of 'what ifs' but those who have had successes with it will tell you that it really is worth it in the long run.

First Frontier Forward got the chance to interview Gloria Cominksy from Qi Strong in Johnstown, a business that specializes in not only acupuncture, but methods such as cupping, Gua Sha, and several other forms of holistic medicine practices. Gloria's experience is extensive, having years as not only a nurse but also in practicing holistic medicine.

In high school, Gloria lost her vision. After multiple eye surgeries, she discovered the practice of acupuncture and whole foods, which in turn brought back her eyesight. She went into nursing and was versed in many different fields of nursing. "I felt I wasn't really helping my clients as I could be." She moved to learn acupuncture which took her Flordia. Voted, 'Simply the Best Acupuncturist', her path took her to Virginia, where she was taking on the task of treating veterans. "I worked with the veterans on magnet therapy and it helped reduce symptoms of PTSD, sleeping, and anxiety. But I felt I was still missing something."

Gloria felt she needed to come back to Johnstown and to the community to help. "It's the little things we can do that can drastically change somebody's health." She also does a lot of emotional work as well with patients. She says that neuro-emotional techniques are very beneficial for people's health. Many of the services at Qi Strong are meant to help those who have been looking for a way to help with the stresses life brings. Below are some brief explanations of some of the practices used at Qi Strong.

Gua sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation. This ancient Chinese healing technique offers a unique approach to better health, addressing issues like chronic pain. Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation, well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

Acupuncture is traditional Chinese medicine in which thin needles are inserted into the body. Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of “yin” and “yang” of the life force known as “qi,” pronounced “chi.” Illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance of the forces. Qi is said to flow through meridians, or pathways, in the human body. These meridians and energy flows are accessible through 350 acupuncture points in the body.

We want to thank Gloria for her time and Qi Strong for being another amazing local business featured on First Frontier Forward! Find Qi Strong Acupuncture at 2355 Bedford Street in Johnstown, PA. You can call Gloria at (814) 266-2730 or visit her on Facebook.


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