It is an ancient Asian healing technique , part of energy medicine , based on principle that symptoms are caused by obstruction in energy/Qi ﬂow in meridians of the body. Placing acupuncture needles into acupuncture points will regulate energy ﬂow in meridians , and it will eliminate an obstruction in the ﬂow of Qi and blood, therefore resolving symptoms. In modern research insertion of the needles in acupuncture points created changes in both areas : locally, where the needles are placed and centrally/ in the brain structures / , inﬂuencing the pain perception, level of neurotransmitters . Acupuncture treatments showed ability to balance autonomic nervous system, therefore helping with stress , insomnia, anxiety blood pressure , just to mention few. Using brain imaging , University of Michigan study provide evidence that TCM/ Acupuncture affect the brainʼs long term ability to regulate pain. Acupuncture increased binding availability of mu-opioid receptors in regions of the brain that process and dampen pain signals speciﬁcally the cingulate, insula, caudate, thalamus and amygdala.
We offer cupping and Tui na/ chinese hands -on body treatment / with conjunction with acupuncture.
TCM/ Traditional Chinese Medicine/ is different from western conventional medicine as Acupuncture/ and TCM treats a PATIENT having a disease and not just a disease . The practitioner will look at a pattern of symptoms, environmental inﬂuences, the evolution of current problems and determine the best treatment approach for that particular patient . As for example patients diagnosed with painful condition of Fibromyalgia . TCM/ Acupuncture doesnʼt recognize Fibromyalgia as one disease. The oriental medicine theory of pain see pain as disruption in the ﬂow of Qi within the body along certain meridians , those affected meridian would be different for each patient. The disruption of Qi ﬂow that results in ﬁbromyalgia is usually associated in disharmony in meridians of Liver, Kidney, Heart and Spleen. , but it will be different pattern for each particular patient and unique will be treatment for each patient. Acupuncture point combination and recommendations for botanical extracts will depend on a particular patientʼs constitution, emotional state, location and intensity of pain , energy level , so it will be dependent on pattern of symptoms. Therefore acupuncture treatment for 5 ﬁbromyalgia patients will be different for each of them., depending on their particular pattern of symptoms. Treatment could consist of acupuncture, acupuncture with micro-current stimulation, herbal extracts, cupping or tui-na / body work therapy/ or a combination of above.
Acupuncture and botanical extracts could be also utilized as an addition to an allopathic medicine treatment , to alleviate side effects of medication, reducing use of pain controlling medications . Some botanical extracts are very potent analgesics and can be used for pain relief / for example Rhizoma Corydali.
Personalized Medicine Services
This is not “one-size-ﬁts-all “ approach, as it takes into account individual differences in people with unique family history/ genetics, environmental exposures like toxins, diet,emotional stress, trauma, to create the unique way to achieve state of wellness. Our goal is to help patients to ﬁnd most effective way of creating wellness for themselves , through ﬁnding the root of the problem and applying most efﬁcient treatment modality to eliminate it. Again as in TCM /Acupuncture approach we donʼt treat the Disease we treat the Patient who acquired a disease through environmental exposure . we look through the lens of functional medicine to evaluate problems in basic functional systems in the body like circulation, digestion , biotransformation /detoxiﬁcation , hormones/ communication , neurotransmitters and more.
As a part of efﬁcient evaluation strategy it may be necessary to perform functional testing “test and not guess “ approach which we offer through a state of the art laboratories like : Doctorsʻ Data Lab, Genova Lab Diagnostic , ZRT Lab , Great Plains Laboratory and others.
Tests that we offer include:
Adrenocortex Stress Proﬁle, as at -home salivary hormone test that evaluate the key stress hormones, cortisol and DHEA . May uncover biochemical imbalances which can adversely affect mood, sleep, immune defense , thyroid function, weight control, resistance to stress, energy , cardiovascular health. offered by ZRT Labs.
Comprehensive Stool Analysis w/Parasitology and other test. This test helps pinpoint the causes of gastrointestinal symptoms and chronic systemic conditions, and measures key markers of digestion, absorption and inﬂammations, status of beneﬁcial and pathogenic microorganisms,test is useful in IBS/IBD , autoimmune disease,food sensitivities, nutritional deﬁciencies, joint pain , weigh control, depression . offer through Doctors Data Medical Laboratory.
NutraEval / ONE to assess basic biomarkers for nutrient deﬁciencies , oxidative damage, lipid oxidation etc offered by Genova Lab Diagnostic
Toxic Non-Metal Chemical Proﬁle to assess exposure to toxic compounds offered through The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc
Organic Acids Test, Nutritional and Metabolic Proﬁle for assessing markers of intestinal microbial overgrowth, mitochondrial markers, neurotransmitter metabolites, ketone and fatty acid oxidation , indicators of Detoxiﬁcation offered by The Great Plains Laboratory
Urine Toxic Metals to evaluate toxic metal load offered through Doctors Data Medical Laboratory.
Hormone Panels offered through ZRT Labs
For patients already in regular medical treatments we offer consultations for supplementations/ botanical extracts to support current medical treatment..