Mind, Body and Spirit
WHAT TO EXPECT
Initial visits typically last 60 minutes. We will discuss your current symptoms and concerns as well as your complete health and social history. Physical exams are performed as necessary, review of any pertinent labwork you bring with you and ordering of further lab testing can all be done at your first visit. Follow up visits last 30-45 minutes. During these visits we will review labs, assess how your treatment plan is progressing and make any adjustments to the plan that are necessary.
CONDITIONS TREATED & SERVICES
Lyme disease and Related Co-infections
Autoimmune disease(SLE, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren's, Scleroderma, Hashimoto's thyroiditis)
Mast Cell Activation Syndrome
Endocrine Disorders(Adrenal, Thyroid disease)
Gastrointestinal Disorders(IBS, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Food Allergies)
Gynecological Services(routine physicals, PAP smears, breast exams)
Hormonal Imbalance(PMS, Dysmenorrhea, Irregular Cycles, Peri-Menopause, Menopause, etc)
Skin disorders(Acne, Eczema, Hives, etc)
Routine Labwork(cholesterol, liver & kidney panels, CBC, Iron/Ferritin, Vit D, B12/Folate, Magnesium, Thyroid, etc)
Food Allergy/Sensitivity Testing
SIBO/Gut Dysfunction Testing(Breath & Stool)
Heavy Metal Testing(Hair & Urine)
Adrenal Stress Index(Saliva Testing)
Hormone Testing(Blood & Saliva & Urine)
*If you are a remote patient we can mail some pertinent testing kits to be completed at home and mailed directly to the lab*
Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system that has been used to diagnose, treat, and prevent illnesses for more than 2,000 years. TCM is based on a belief in yin and yang, defined as opposing energies, such as earth and heaven, winter and summer, and happiness and sadness. When yin and yang are in balance, you feel relaxed and energized. When yin and yang are out of balance there can be negative influences on your health.
Practitioners of TCM also believe that there is a life force or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee"), in every body. For yin and yang to be balanced and for the body to be healthy, qi must be balanced and flowing freely. When there is too little or too much qi in one of the body's energy pathways, called meridians, or when the flow of qi is blocked, it causes illness. The ultimate goal of TCM treatment is to balance the yin and yang in our lives by promoting the natural flow of qi.
Three major causes of qi, yin, and yang disturbance are: external or environmental factors, internal emotional factors, and lifestyle factors such as diet and hygiene. Through the use of its therapeutic modalities(acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, herbal formulas), TCM stimulates the body's own healing mechanisms.
In TCM, the body's internal organs are thought of not only as individual structures but also as complex networks. According to TCM, qi flows through organ systems -- kidney, heart, spleen, liver, lung, gallbladder, small intestine, large intestine, bladder, and triple warmer -- by way of meridians. Despite their specific names, these organ systems correspond to more than individual body parts. The kidney, for example, represents the entire urinary system along with the adrenal glands, located on top of the kidneys. The heart, meanwhile, represents both the heart and the brain.
Practices used in TCM include:
Acupuncture and acupressure
Moxibustion, burning an herb near the skin
Chinese massage, called Tui Na
Exercise, such as tai chi and qi gong which combine movement with meditation
Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture
"Mei Zen" Cosmetic Acupuncture utilizes the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine combined with specialized facial acupuncture to help you look your best and improve your overall health and energy. Unlike other forms of cosmetic acupuncture that focus only on facial points, Mei Zen treatment takes the entire person into consideration with a full body treatment.
What cosmetic results might people expect from the Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture System for the Face?
Improvement in the fine lines of the face and a diminishing effect on deeper wrinkles
Moisturized, softer skin and a more even skin tone
Improved muscle tone and firmer jaw line, as well as reduction in the beginning of jowls
Reduction or elimination of rosacea and acne
"Functional nutrition is the holistic approach to diet, taking into consideration one's lifestyle factors that could affect their food choices, such as activity levels, environment, or the presence of chronic disease. You may be wondering how this is different from standard nutrition practice, but the key is in the holistic approach.
Standard nutrition focuses on the nutritional facts, such as a food or food group’s ability to promote or damage health (whether it's “good” or “bad” for you). Functional nutrition looks at these facts, too, but in the context of an individual’s physiological makeup and how they live, such as how often they move, the quality of their relationships, and their stress level. Essentially, just because a food or food group has been demonstrated as being “good for you,” it doesn’t mean it’s good for you — functional nutrition means one size doesn’t fit all!"
- Institute for Integrative Nutrition