Target your symptoms for relief.
Embrace your body’s intelligence
by harmonizing your systems.
Your body knows how to heal, therefore the best treatment plan is the one that supports what the body is trying to do right now. But it often needs support and targeted treatment tools to help:
Assimilate food, absorb nutrients, maintain gut integrity and microbiome balance
Clean and purge toxins
Maintain a proper pH
Organs and systems function optimally by having adequate resources
Balance the autonomic nervous system and immune system
Each one of these treatment principles requires a particular treatment approach, and each person has different resources, a different degree of metabolic flexibility and healing capacity. My job is to:
Interpret the needs of each system
Determine the optimal treatment approach
Select the optimal treatment tools, their dosages and duration
Interpret the body’s response and adjust the treatment accordingly
As a practitioner of Chinese Medicine, I can interpret what your body is saying without the need for testing, and prescribe a dynamic herbal formulation that will fulfill the determined treatment approach.
As a practitioner of Functional Medicine, I can incorporate diagnostic testing to optimize your body’s biochemical processes.
As a practitioner of Internal Healing Arts, I can integrate treatment at the energetic level which will move stagnation and optimize energy.
As a Functional Health Coach, I can support you with being successful with your treatment plan.
I believe that treating the body’s bioenergetic systems with the biochemical level, that treatment will be more balanced, reducing adverse effects, and increasing the body’s yang solar force, which is necessary to fuel the treatment, restore the body’s ability to manage itself, and generate health.
We all have our own unique genetics, health history, physiology, mental state, lifestyle, toxic burdens, etc. But there are fundamentals to health which will help ever person improve:
Eating real food; preferably organic, non-GMO, local, pasture-raised, and seasonal
Sleeping on average 7-9 hours a night
Managing stress and improving mindset
Balancing physical activity with inactivity
Having life purpose/being valued
Spending time in nature
Deeper in the Body
Once the foundation of health is established, the body can begin to repair the many layers of the body.
When you have a physical complaint, an issue with your joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments, the most appropriate treatment depends on the root of the problem. A trauma requires a different treatment than rheumatoid arthritis. When the root is unknown, we often look for systemic inflammation and latent infections. The body often stores pathogens it cannot resolve into the joints to protect the vital organs. Holding these pathogens captive requires resources, further depleting the body. When these pathogens are expelled, not only is the source of the symptoms eliminated, but the body’s resources are no longer being depleted to deal with the latent pathogen.
The skin layer and the digestive tract wall are both external barriers. Your skin protects you from the external environment, and the outer wall of the digestive tract protects the blood and organs from the contents of the gut. When the gut wall is imbalanced, we often see imbalances in the skin layer.
The digestive tract is a tube that separates the exterior of the body from its interior. It assimilates our nutrients, absorbs them where appropriate, and protects us from invaders.
One of the most common digestive complaints people have today is heartburn, reflux, or GERD. Conventional medicine’s symptom treatment is acid reducers. Unfortunately this impairs the function of the digestive tract and leaves the person susceptible to pathogens. Chinese and Functional medicine seeks to remove the source of the symptom while optimizing function. Problem is, in this case, the source is often processed food and added sugar in the diet. Patient education and behavior change are often necessary to maintain gut health.
The Small Intestine is where your nutrients are absorbed into your internal terrain. If the digestive system is healthy, pathogens have been neutralized by the acidic stomach, and enzymes have appropriately broken down your food. If the small intestine is functioning properly, only the nutrients that are meant to be absorbed will pass through into the internal terrain. If it is not functioning properly, is leaky (leaky gut), food that is not meant to be absorbed gets by, causing an immune reaction. The Small Intestine relies on the upper and lower gut to be health for it to be health.
The body will do whatever it needs to protect the organs. It will divert pathogens away from the organs and store them in the joints to protect life, or push them out to the skin. We see this when the liver, kidneys and intestines cannot handle the toxins the body is trying to eliminate. Often the liver is congested, the spleen/pancreas is depleted from compensating for the weak stomach; the kidneys are overwhelmed trying to compensate for the liver and overstimulated via the adrenal glands; and the intestines are imbalanced and irritated. Repairing such a system requires a lot of support and interpretation. Sometimes you are supporting, and other times you are eliminating. Sometimes both. Treatment is very dynamic and requires a practitioner who knows how to interpret what the body is saying.
The brain and body communicate with each other to maintain homeostasis. Feedback loops can be overstimulated or understimulated, impairing this communication. The brain may not receive information from the body, or it may make decisions that creates uncomfortable symptoms in an attempt to protect life. We often see this with cortisol, a glucocorticoid that manages our blood sugar, provides the energy we need when we need to fight or run, wakes us up in the morning, and reduces our inflammation. When cortisol is overutilized, the body will reduce it to avoid its negative affects – tissue breakdown. If the person has inflammation and pain, and cortisol is reduced, the pain could increase. When the pain is in the musculoskeletal system, many will get a cortisone shot. But this is only a short-term solution, as you are unable to get more than a few cortisone shots, due to the tissue degradation. The long-term solution is to resolve the underlying cause of the inflammation.
The body operates on the principle of duality. Chinese medicine would say Yin and Yang, whereas Biomedicine would say homeostasis via feedback loops. One balances its opposite, and their interactions use and create energy:
Calcium – Magnesium
Sodium – Potassium
Cortisol – DHEA
Biceps – Triceps
There are many ways in which Energy can become blocked, contributing to disease – physical, physiologic, or emotional.
When the local anatomy is congested, everything is impeded causing an accumulation of energy. This can be seen in musculoskeletal pain from lack of exercise and prolonged sitting.
The body has a tight correction system to keep opposites in balance. It will fight for homeostasis. If calcium is dominant to magnesium, you may see muscle spasms or fluttering of the heartbeat. When sodium and potassium are imbalanced, you’ll may see issues with water retention and the blood pressure. If cortisol is elevated, DHEA will also elevate to counterbalance it.
The mind can control our energy. One of the strongest skills a human can develop is the power of intention. When the mind is emotional, the body constricts and things stagnate. One common constraint we see is what feels like a mass on our throats. In Chinese medicine we call this Plum Pit Qi. There isn’t an actual mass, but an energetic mass created from emotional stress. The person may think that something is wrong with their physical throat, and see a doctor, but everything appears normal.
Acupuncture points, or neurovascular nodes, are spots where our energy can be stimulated. Acupuncture, acupressure, mindfulness, and/or energy work, all can improve our energetic level.