Mika Ichihara, M.S., L.Ac., LL.M., B.Phar.
Licensed Acupuncturist - Herbalist - Pharmacist (Japan) - Reiki Master - Feng Shui Master
Mika Ichihara, M.Sc., L.Ac., LLM, B. Pharm., has practiced integrative healing for over two decades. She has helped thousands of patients from all over the world with her unique integrative treatments. She is passionate for healing as an opportunity to grow, gaining access to new levels of self-awareness. Her integrative healing strategy addresses root causes, not merely outer symptoms, which then frees the patient to explore more profound healing from the depths of their inner being, the Soul.
Mika is gifted with the extraordinary capacity to awaken and activate innate healing processes within patients, and in helping them transform their lives more meaningfully and purposefully with healthy living.
Since her younger days, Mika has lived a life of resilience and innovative achievements, which has solidified her mission to live with love and compassion. Raised in Japan, she developed an early interest in Western Medicine; she obtained a degree in Clinical Pharmacy from Kobe Pharmaceutical University. While a freshman at age 19, she experienced her first spiritual awakening, inspiring her to work for global human rights and social justice. After obtaining law degrees in international human rights, she worked for the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations in New York, and subsequently the United Nations organizations such as the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM, currently UN Women) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
While it outwardly appeared as if she had set her life’s purpose on championing human rights, her personal life was overshadowed by a series of unexpected crises. Although she was familiar with Western Medicine because of her professional background, she was at first skeptical of Eastern Medicine. However, she became amazed at how quickly it helped her restore her health and vitality, physically and spiritually. This second awakening fueled her to pursue extensive learning and training in Eastern Medicine modalities and other forms of alternative healing including Reiki, meditation, Feng Shui, Qi Gong, and yoga.
This process of self-empowerment birthed a vibrant, new outlook for Mika. With her professional clinical pharmacy and human rights backgrounds, and her desire to help people with compassion, she saw the inseparable correlation between good health and spiritual growth as crucial pillars for individuals to live a purposefully empowered life.
Her new holistic belief became the cornerstone for founding Love & Compassion Integrative Healing Center in New York City. She is currently transitioning to rural living to live in nature and create sustainable life style in the Carolinas. She travels to work in New York city, Asheville, NC and Naples in FL.
Mika's Healing Approach
Why is treating the root cause of a condition so necessary?
When you have a condition (whether physical, mental, or emotional), you and your health care providers will first focus on treating the symptoms of the condition, so you can restore your health and feel better again.
In most cases, simply treating the condition may not be enough to sustain your health. Especially with chronic conditions, you may repeat a cycle of healing and sickness and develop new conditions and you begin to wonder why you are not yet healed. As an example, sinusitis. Although use of antibiotics may eliminate acute sinus infection, it often causes chronic sinusitis, which periodically returns and aggravates the symptoms. Quite a few people go for surgeries and yet some still develop the same condition until they realize something else is causing or contributing to it.
If there is anything that makes you sick, whether recurrent or various conditions, the root cause must be identified and treated. We believe that identifying and treating the root cause is the key to achieve sustainable health and prevent recurrence of illness.
Body-mind integration: Why are integrative therapies so effective?
Our bodies and our minds are intelligent and interconnected. We have various innate control mechanisms such as the autonomic nervous system, which regulates organ functions and is directly related to our emotional state. While modern medicine has become more and more specialized by microscopically scrutinizing physiological problems, it often loses sight of who we are as “an integrated, whole person” and sees us like gears in a machine.
At our center, we will work with you as a whole person. Your physical conditions, emotional state, daily stress, dietary pattern, and lifestyle are all relevant to your health. Each of these components of your life affects all the other areas. We will address and treat the root cause with our 7 healing tools (Japanese-style Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Far Infrared Therapy, Energy – Soul Therapy, Holistic Nutrition, Meditation, and Feng Shui).
Healing: Restorative vs. Transformational
There are two types of healing: restorative and transformational. Restorative healing focuses on alleviating conditions, but such recovery may not be sustainable if the root issue is not addressed. You may become ill again with the same or another condition.
We apply the transformational approach. When we address the root cause of your condition holistically, your core being will shift. We call it your awakening. Imagine your body has been screaming for help, but you haven’t been listening to your inner voice. You know it’s there, but you’ve ignored it, intentionally or unintentionally.
Identifying the root cause is finally listening and paying attention to the inner voice — that silent cry that arises as emotional or physical pain or discomfort. Treating the root cause will make you feel awakened, connected, and activated so your true needs and innate well-being can be honored.
This process is very difficult to explain in words, but many of our patients have experienced this unique moment of awakening through a physical response or emotional shift. This is true healing.
Our Transformational Healing will connect your physical body and the mind and bring them together so you can achieve a higher state of consciousness. Your deeper sense of Self will emerge.
As a result, you won’t just recover from your condition but you will transform your health, your perception of life, and your overall well-being. And, the lifestyle changes needed to support this new and awakened Self will become easier to operate, which facilitates to end the repetitive cycle of illness.
The Love & Compassion Healing System
Based on her 20 years of clinical experience, Mika Ichihara, M.S., L.Ac, has developed The Love & Compassion Healing System, which provides holistic healing to respond to the need of modern society. The Loving & Compassion Healing System uses physical, emotional, and spiritual methods to complete the healing process. It not only restores your health, it also expands our consciousness, transforming our lives so it can be filled with joy, love, peace, and compassion.