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Oriental Medicine, Functional Medicine, and Nutrition

Oriental Medicine

Oriental medicine is one of the oldest continuous systems of medicine in history, with recorded instances dating as far back as 2,000 years.

The practice of Oriental Medicine includes not only acupuncture, but also herbal medicine, nutrition, Tui Na (a form of therapeutic massage), and Qi Gong (also known as breathing exercises). All of these methods share an equally long history of development, usage, and effectiveness in the maintenance of health, and the treatment of disease.

The most commonly known treatment method of Oriental Medicine in western cultures is acupuncture, the insertion of very fine needles into the body at specific locations in order to balance the flow of Qi.

The philosophy of Oriental Medicine uses images and metaphors from nature to describe the processes of health and disease. Oriental Medicine helps us to see that all the different things in our world are really just parts of the same whole.

A Doctor or Oriental Medicine is an integrative practitioner who can seamlessly weave acupuncture and Chinese herbs into clinical treatment plans, and bring their research literacy, advanced diagnostic studies, systems-based medicine skills and knowledge to bear in a multitude of clinical environments, including integrative healthcare settings alongside practitioners in allopathic and other complementary health fields.

Functional Medicine

Is a whole system-based approach in which Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual’s illness.

  • Investigates symptoms by focusing on the underlying cause, which leads to stronger and longer-lasting results.
  • Views the body as an interconnected whole that has a dynamic relationship with its environment, and recognizes the importance of these connections in health and disease.
  • Safe treatments have mild or no side effects.
  • Treatment plans are individualized based on your needs and recognize the biological uniqueness of each person.
  • Integrates modern and traditional medicines and emphasizes the importance of food and lifestyle.
  • Tests and treatments designed to promote optimal function, prevent and reverse disease, and improve quality of life. It is preventative.
  • Evidence-based-based on the latest research from peer-reviewed medical journals.

BUILD LASTING NUTRITIONAL CHANGE 

Integrative, functional and holistic nutrition paired with nutrition therapy and Coaching is a powerful causal approach. We work together at healing the body with whole foods, perspective shifts, Nutraceuticals and supplements in order to achieve optimal health. This path supports the combination of the very best of modern science, clinical wisdom and integrative therapeutic approaches to food and nutrition.

The holistic and functional nutrition perspective views the human body as one cohesive unit of complex systems using a “whole systems” approach to personalize a holistic nutrition care plan to restore function and improve outcome and thus create optimal health. 

Our food sustains our blood, bones, and organs at a cellular level. If our food is unhealthy, it’s no wonder we become that way when we eat it.  Through an integrative approach and developing new skills to learn what your body needs, you never have to diet again as you learn how to eat intuitively and functionally. Approaching food, eating and nutrition through this lens supports you in creating a body constitution and weight that works for you as you learn how to nourish your body while still enjoying foods you love.