Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
Chinese Medicine has been in existence for over 5,000 years. This ancient System of medicine uses sterilized fine needles, which are inserted through the skin to stimulate the body's healing process. There are over 2,000 acupuncture points each with different indications. The oriental medical system recognizes 3 pulses on each wrist. The pulse in combination with the appearance of the tongue, chief health concern, and health history are used to establish a Chinese medical diagnosis. The art & skill of acupuncture lies in identifying an accurate diagnosis and determining the corresponding points that are specific for your health condition.
The foundation of Chinese medicine is based on five elements: Fire, Earth, Water, Metal, and Wood. The elements correspond with the seasons, colors, tastes, emotions, and organ systems of the body. Chinese medicine is a complete system that works to correct imbalances or disharmonies in the body and mind by creating balance of the 5 elements, and in turn, restoring health and well-being.
The National Institute of Health (NIH), a federal organization, which funds research to determine the efficacy of natural therapies has studied acupuncture. The division of the NIH that focuses on alternative and complimentary medicine, found that acupuncture research showed efficacy in postoperative care of chemotherapy nausea and dental pain, and in the treatment of addictions, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low-back pain, carpel tunnel syndrome and asthma.
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of acute and chronic illnesses. It is very effective for the treatment of pain and studies show it helpful in the treatment of infertility.
An acupuncture treatment can last from 30 to 60 minutes depending on the condition being treated. Typically 4 to 16 needles are used in each treatment. The number of treatments is dependent on the severity of the problem and an individual's response.
Homeopathy works in accordance with natural laws of healing. The process a physician uses to choose a homeopathic medicine takes into account the whole person, and not just the illness or disease. During a homeopathic intake, physical symptoms are evaluated, as well as, the patient's mental and emotional well-being.
Homeopathy is a medical system more than 200 years old, which uses highly diluted substances that act to enhance the body's innate healing response.
Homeopathy is based on the "Law of Similars." It follows observations in nature and is different from the notion of opposing or killing invading illness. Curing by similars dates back to 5 BC to Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine. It was familiar to Paracelsus, the renowned 16th century Swiss physician, and formalized by Samuel Hahnemann in 1796. Dr. Hahnemann tested the "laws of similars" and established it as the cornerstone of a system of medicine he named homeopathy. Dr. Hahnemann stated: "Any substance that produces symptoms in a healthy person when given in full-strength form, will cure a sick person with the same symptoms when given in a very diluted minute form."
For example, when cutting an onion, the eyes may tear and the nose may run, producing a clear thin discharge in a healthy person. However, it can be used to treat someone suffering from a runny nose and tearing eyes when given in a small homeopathic dose. This is different from using an anti-histamine to stop the tearing eyes and runny nose.
Homeopathy does not interfere with other forms of medication, is non-toxic, and has little to no side effects. Homeopathic medicines known as homeopathic remedies, treat a gamete of health concerns, including emotional disturbances such as anxiety and depression. It does this my addressing the source of illness not just the symptoms. Homeopathic medicine treats the vital force (known as Qi in Chinese medicine).
Nutrition is more than just a means of energy for the body. Nutrition can serve as medicine to the body. Improved nutrition through knowledge and healthy food choices can give the body the tools it needs to heal. Your doctor will work with you to create an individual eating plan that moves you toward greater health. They can assist you in identifying food allergies and sensitivities, balancing blood sugar problems, and using nutrition to address many health concerns, including anxiety and chronic illnesses. Nutrition, through diet, supplementation, and even intravenous therapies, can have a significant impact on your current health, today and long-term.
Intravenous & Injectable Vitamin Therapy
Nutritional deficiencies cause disease and illness. Many people are not receiving the optimal nutrient intake to live a healthy and balanced life. In addition to eating a well balanced diet, nutrients can be used therapeutically in the form of nutritional supplements, as well as, used intravenously or injected into the muscle for quick absorption. For example, studies show, vitamin B12 injected into the muscle can be helpful for fatigue and neuropathy. Intramuscular Vitamin B6 in commonly used for treatment of morning sickness. A vitamin cocktail, known as a "Myers' Cocktail" can be used for adrenal fatigue, anxiety, and to improve immune function. The application of the nutrients for therapeutic purposes is determined by your Naturopathic physician. This type of therapy can provide safe and effective treatment of many disorders.
Dr. Lane and Dr. Khalsa enjoy working with botanical (herbal) medicines. The plants bring a wonderful energy to the healing process. Many herbs are powerful medicines that are safe and effective when used properly. A resurgence of scientific research in Europe and Asia is demonstrating that some plant substances are superior to synthetic drugs in clinical conditions. You may be prescribed Western botanical medicines or Chinese herbal formulations in the form of dried herbs, liquid tinctures, teas, creams, or ointments. By using the healing power of nature through the medicinal properties of plants, many health conditions can be treated with few or relatively no side effects.
Remember, that many drugs come from plants. Herbs can have a significant effect on the body. A trained Naturopathic physician is familiar with the pharmacology of nutrient and herb interactions, herbal and drug interactions, and the potential toxicity of herbs alone or herbs in combination with other medications. Consult a Naturopathic physician, such as Dr. Lane or Dr. Khalsa, to make sure you are using the healing power of botanicals to enhance your health rather than negatively affect your health.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement
Many women are looking for alternatives to traditional hormone replacement therapy after recent studies showed an increased risk of stroke, blood clots, heart disease, and dementia with the 5-year use of 2 common synthetic HRT drugs, premarin and provera. Traditional HRT uses the strongest form of estrogen, estradiol, which is associated with more risk of side effects and disease. There are other alternatives, one being bio-identical hormones. Bio-identical hormones are derived from natural sources, such as, soybean, yam, or other plants, and identical to human hormones, unlike synthetic hormones. Bio-identical hormones use the weaker form of estrogen, estradiol, to provide symptomatic relief without the associated risk of disease. Bio-identical hormones can be individualized to meet the needs of the patient versus the "one size fits all" approach of common HRT drugs. Bio-identical hormones provide women with a safer alternative to traditional HRT and provide symptomatic relief of common menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, low libido, low energy, and vaginal dryness.