The diagnostic methods employed, namely feeling a patient’s pulse and observing their tongue, allows the practitioner to assess the myriad of physical and mental factors contributing to the patient’s condition and develop a treatment plan according to those various factors. This emphasis on holism, totality and individualization is one of the key features of Oriental medicine and one of its most prominent differences from conventional biomedicine.
Acupuncture is the insertion of very thin needles in specific points on the body to balance the flow of Qi (pronounced “chee”). It is part of a complete medical system and integrated approach to health maintenance and treatment of disease. According to the National Institute of Health, over one million people in the US receive acupuncture annually.
Cupping is a suction technique that uses heat with glass or plastic cups to create a vacuum effect over specific area(s) of the body. Cupping is often used on the back, shoulders and neck to increase circulation, reduce muscle tension and clear respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, asthma and congestion.
Ear acupuncture, also referred to as auricular acupuncture, views the ear as a microsystem of the body and is proven to be effective in treating pain, indigestion, PMS, stress, anxiety, insomnia and provides addiction and weight loss support. In an ear acupuncture treatment, a brief medical intake and diagnosis will be performed before thin acupuncture needles are inserted at points in the ear. Needles are retained for approximately 15 minutes with total appointment time lasting 20-25 minutes.
Sometimes called electro-stimulation or e-stim, electro-acupuncture is a technique where the ends of acupuncture needles are attached to a small device which transmits gentle electrical currents through the needles. This painless technique is frequently used to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation and has been shown to effectively control chemotherapy induced nausea.
Herbal medicine is one of the more important treatments used in traditional Chinese medicine. An herbal medicine prescription is often a combination of many herbs with one or two main ingredients that target the illness and other ingredients that individualize the formula to the patient’s specific condition. Sometimes, ingredients are needed to cancel out side effects of the main ingredients and some herbs require the use of other ingredients as a catalyst. The balance and interaction of the herbs are considered more important than the effect of individual ingredients.
Nutrition and diet are points of concerns in today’s society where we have an abundance of food choices and diet choices. We offer a unique and non-dogmatic approach in working with our patients on fine tuning their nutrition for optimal health and performance.
Using traditional needles or a microneedling device, puncturing the skin stimulates the lymphatic and circulatory system to deliver nutrients and oxygen to skin cells, nourishing skin from the inside out to even out the complexion and promote the skin’s glow. The positive microtraumas also stimulates the production of collagen which helps improve elasticity, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. Scars, acne scars, stretch marks can also be smoothed out over the course of a several treatments.
Tui na is a form of Chinese manipulation therapy that utilizes techniques such as brushing, kneading, rolling, pressing, stretching and massage to treat musculoskeletal problems, range of motion issues, headaches and organic diseases. Gua sha involves rubbing of the skin with a round edged object to stimulate circulation at the site and enhances metabolic processes. Gua sha has a similar affect to cupping.
Moxibustion involves the burning of a Chinese herb called mugwort which is held above an acupuncture point or occasionally set to rest on an acupuncture point with close supervision of the practitioner. It is effective in treating arthritic pain, stiffness, menstrual cramps and reversing breached fetuses.
The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.
Men have specific health issues that I have become accustomed to identify, diagnose and treat: anxiety, anger, depression, indigestion, pain, fatigue, weight loss, stress, addiction and sexual health.
With its multiple modalities from acupuncture to herbal medicine and supplementation acupuncture and integrative medicine benefit athletes at every level. First as a holistic and modular approach to treating pain, sports (or work) injuries, and postural imbalances and second for promoting enhanced athletic performance, improve range of motion and overall wellbeing
If you are not in my immediate area we can still set up a consultation through Skype or Facetime. This usually works well for Functional Medicine or Herbal Therapy patients especially when done in conjunction with blood panels. We often perform an extensive intake for medical history and address your chief concern at the first session. A great health practice for busy patients! House calls also available.
Cleanses and detoxification programs are tailormade for each patient. All cleanses I prescribe are designed to be safe, non-drastic and sustainable and are centered around organic whole foods. I recommend cleanses for patients complaining of feeling sluggish and fatigued, patients suffering from long term illnesses with stubborn or unresolvable symptoms, and patients who have reached a plateau in their healing or weight loss goals.
Minnesota hospitals are blazing a trail when it comes to integrative medicine. Only two hospitals in the nation offer acupuncture in the emergency room. KARE 11's Ivory Hecker takes us inside one of them in Shakopee.