How Exactly Do We Help?
If you’re thinking that we may just be able to help but are wondering what it is we actually do, then read on…
Our main treatment modality is acupuncture. Although simple, it is profound in its effect and has the capacity to eliminate pain, balance hormones, boost immune function, and balance neurotransmitters each time it’s performed. Pretty incredible! It also puts the body into the parasympathetic (rest-digest-heal) mode and in our opinion, is one of the reasons it’s so deeply healing in addition to being relaxing. Especially since most of us spend too much time in the sympathetic (fight-or-flight) mode.
Although acupuncture is intended to be a stand alone treatment, we find that most people in this country aren’t able to make it in as frequently as they need to for it to really get to the bottom of chronic, complex conditions. In China, it’s not uncommon to get acupuncture multiple times a week and to always be on some type of Chinese herbal medicine tea.
For that reason, we recommend a comprehensive approach of acupuncture and functional medicine for best results. When combined, these modalities have a special synergy that makes each of them more effective long-term. Acupuncture has the ability to balance you on the spot. And functional labs give us a snapshot of what’s going on beneath the surface so we can come up with a hand-tailored health plan based on you and your lab findings. Your health plan then gives your body the nutrients and herbs it needs- in a targeted way and on a daily basis- so that we can really go deep with healing.
Here’s an overview of our services…
Standard New Patient Appointment with Acupuncture:
Includes Acupuncture, Functional Medicine, and a Nutritional Supplement & Herbal Medicine Consult.
For most people, this is where you start. On your first visit, we do a comprehensive health history so we can really get to know what’s going on with you and how to best help. Then we do an assessment and suggest a treatment plan- including how many acupuncture treatments we think you’ll need, functional labs you’d most benefit from and a supplement plan for you to get started on.
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Standard New Patient Appointment without Acupuncture:
Includes Functional Medicine and a Nutritional Supplement & Herbal Medicine Consult.
If you live out of town and prefer to do virtual or phone appointments, then this is for you. Or if you don’t want needles, then this is for you. We cover the same details as the Standard office visit, but without the acupuncture. Acupressure is an option if that sounds good to you (or for children).
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Brief New Patient Appointment with Acupuncture:
Includes a Brief Consult and Acupuncture.
We offer this option to those who have acute pain, for women undergoing IVF, for those who are visiting from out of town, or for people who are on a tight budget and require acupuncture. Please note that this option does not allow for an in depth health history or a comprehensive assessment. Click here to schedule.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture:
Includes acupuncture for anti-aging and the use of the Celluma Light Therapy.
Get the results of botox or a facelift- the natural way- while balancing the body at the same time. For best results, we recommend a series of 12 treatments, followed by touch ups every 1-3 months.
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NAET (Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique):
Same as Standard Office Visit, plus NAET along with acupuncture.
NAET is a method that uses kinesiology and acupuncture to identify and reverse allergic reactions in the body. We recommend this modality for the treatment of all allergies, asthma, skin disorders, ADHD, and Autism. Most patients require 20-50 sessions of weekly treatment. If you’re interested in this modality, we recommend that you please start by reading one one of Dr Nambudripad’s books: Say Goodbye to Illness, Say Goodbye to Allergy-Related Autism, Say Goodbye to ADD and ADHD, Freedom from Eczema, and Say Goodbye to Asthma.
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Functional Lab Services:
The difference between Western Medicine Labs and Functional Medicine Labs…
Western labs look for disease markers. When physicians find a value out of range, they prescribe a medication to bring it back into range. These tests provide us with useful information, but they also pose certain problems: 1) They do not address the root of the problem, and often as soon as the patient goes off of the medication, their values go back out of range (take cholesterol for example). So, typically the patient is prescribed the medication for life, which often comes with side effects. 2) Many times patients go to their doctor with a long list of symptoms because they are not feeling well, and after numerous tests, everything comes back ‘normal’. They certainly don’t feel ‘normal’, but because they don’t have a diagnosable disease, nothing shows up.
Functional labs are different in that they measure ideal physiological function. Every organ system has an ideal way that it should function and any deviation from perfect leaves room for improvement. Because no one is perfect, labs will always show where that individual can improve. We use labs to confirm which organ systems are out of balance and by how much and then we design a health plan with specific nutrients and herbals to bring that individual back into balance.
We offer an array of functional labs:
Hair Analysis (by Analytical Research Labs)
Measures mineral levels, toxic metals, as well as important mineral ratios that indicate organ system function (blood sugar, adrenal, thyroid, sex hormone, protein synthesis). Recommended for all patients as an annual test, or more frequently for targeted treatments where we need to monitor certain values.
Adrenal Stress Index Test (by BioHealth Laboratory)
Measures the cortisol rhythm (which indicates the body’s capacity to respond to stress) and the various sex hormones that are often affected by stress- estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Recommended for patients with fatigue, high stress, anxiety or depression, chronic illness, and female related problems.
Female Menstrual Cycle Mapping (by BioHealth Laboratory)
Measures estrogen and progesterone over the course of a month. Mostly used for fertility and hormone related migraines.
Organix Comprehensive (by Genova Diagnostics)
Measures neurotransmitters, gut dysbiosis, liver detox pathways, and nutrient absorption. Recommended for specific health concerns or as an annual wellness test.
SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) (by Biohealth Laboratory)
Looks for the presence of abnormally large numbers of bacteria in the small intestine. Recommended for patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), digestive upset, or chronic illness.
Measures gluten sensitivity, cross reactivity of the common inflammatory foods, and autoimmune reactivity in the presence of certain food triggers. Recommended for all patients with autoimmune disease or chronic, complex conditions.
If our approach resonates with you and you’d like our help in overcoming your health concerns, click here to schedule. If you prefer to start by first learning more, click here to get our “How to Thrive in the Modern World: A Layperson’s Guide to Chinese Medicine” eBook. Or if you’re wondering more about how this works, click here.