Primary Modalities Used At Our Clinic
Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, is a total system of health and healing. Chinese medicine emphasizes a holistic approach that treats the person as an integrated unit – mind, body and spirit. With this philosophy, we are able to maintain a unique view of the causes of disease. Disease is seen as arising from many sources as unique as the individual seeking treatment. The many sources of disease we recognize include improper diet and lifestyle, blockages in the body’s vital energy or chi, and emotional upset, among others. The information we gather enables us to design a specific program tailored to the individual for obtaining optimum health and prevention of illness.
Acupuncture works to restore normal function by stimulating certain points on the body’s acupuncture channels or meridians. Acupuncture has been shown to reduce inflammation in the treatment of pain and to assist in the proper function of the organ systems of the body. The use of herbs and supplements is the next step in the protocol. Appropriately prescribed herbal medicines and supplements provide nourishing support for the balancing and regulating effects of acupuncture. For thousands of years, practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine have used herbs with medicinal properties. Although many of us in non-Asian countries are unfamiliar with the medicinal properties of Chinese herbs, many may recognize the pharmaceutical drugs manufactured from herbs available in the West. Some examples are: aspirin from willow bark, penicillin from fungus, and digitalis from foxglove. When used properly, herbs have powerful medicinal properties but are gentle and act without the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs.
Nutrition – giving the body proper fuel – is a very important component. Diet, specific vitamins and minerals, herbal teas and other natural substances are used to restore health. We frequently use laboratory analysis to determine an individual’s need for therapeutic use of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and natural hormones.
The protocol of acupuncture, herbs, and nutrition may be started as an adjunct to conventional medicine, but patients are apt to find it is more effective, less expensive, and safer than drugs or surgery.