Functional, Holistic Healthcare

Functional, holistic healthcare differs from the western healthcare system in many ways, yet they also share a few similarities.  When properly used together a powerhouse of synergistic healing can occur for the patient.

Both perspectives utilize modern scientific advances, research, and technologies to assess the internal environment of the patient.  Both have extensively trained medical professionals with both the desire and ability to help their patients.  The main differences are in their treatment plan approaches, testing protocols, assessments of labs, and which conditions they can best treat.

Western medicine is absolutely the best route of medical care if you break a bone or experience a medical emergency.  Our western healthcare system is designed to treat acute and emergency situations.  The western healthcare system, while brilliant in many ways on its own benefits from the complementary approach that functional, holistic healthcare practitioners can provide by maximizing treatment results and patient care.  The complementary (holistic) approach has the best methods of care for the treatment of long-standing, chronic medical conditions.  If you suffer from a chronic condition such as diabetes, insomnia, digestive issues, hypertension, adrenal fatigue, fibromyalgia, etc. what I want you to know is that there are more options than drugs alone.  This is where the functional approach will better serve the underlying cause of your condition.

The functional, holistic approach is a system of medical differential diagnosis that utilizes highly individualized assessment of both the internal conditions of your body as well as the lifestyle and environmental factors that may be contributing to your overall condition and symptoms.

Acupuncture, and how it works…

There is a lot of misinformation regarding how acupuncture really works, I believe this stems from mistranslations of ancient Chinese medical texts.  The word “Qi” was translated as “energy”, misrepresenting what Acupuncture medicine is capable of.  Acupuncture is not an “energy medicine”.  It is based on anatomy and physiology, not “energy”.  By translating ancient Chinese medical terminology to our modern day understanding of science, anatomy, and physiology Acupuncture can be explained as the process of restoring the body to homeostasis by improving the flow of 1. Oxygen (Qi), 2. Blood (Xue), and 3. Nutrients (Ying Qi) through our blood vessels which, in turn, nourishes our bodies on the cellular level.  Thus, treating the root or the core of the condition.  Allow me to explain this a little more…

At its core Acupuncture is primarily a Cardiovascular medicine which works together with the body’s nervous system to release chemicals called prostaglandins.  Prostaglandins are released when the mast cells under the skin are stimulated by acupuncture.  They stimulate the closest nerve fibers to travel up the spine into the midbrain.  This signals your brain to release an opiate-like substance called enkephalin, which is your body’s natural painkiller.  This process causes the blood vessels to dilate allowing blood to flow into the targeted area. 

If there is an obstruction of blood flow (Xue Stagnation) to any area of the body, that area will malfunction.  This is the root cause of pain and disease.  The body cannot heal without proper blood flow because the healing components in the body are in the blood.  

Acupuncture works by increasing and correcting function in the main factors that influence your health. 
These factors are:

1. The flow of Oxygen in your body.  (Qi)

2.  The flow of blood in your body. (Xue)

3. The health of your blood vessels. (Xue Mai)

4.  The health of your organs. (Zang Fu)

5.  The health of your nervous system. (Jing Mai)


Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture


Many celebrities are fans of this holistic method of cosmetic rejuvenation.  Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a safe and painless, non-surgical method of reducing the signs of aging.  The technique works on rejuvenation from the inside out.  Aging starts in the body as the different body processes (like digestion, circulation, and hormone depletion) start to slow down and change.  This reflects on the face as a lack of vibrancy in the complexion, lines, furrows, and loss of elastin in the skin. By first bringing the body back into homeostasis, your facial rejuvenation treatments will have longer lasting results. Generally, between 12-16 consecutive treatments will help you to look up to 10 years younger.



Benefits of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture:
Skin is moisturized
Bags under the eyes can be reduced
Fine lines may be entirely eliminated
Deeper wrinkles may be diminished
Jowls can be firmed
Puffiness can be eliminated
Droopy eyelids can be lifted
Double chins may be minimized
Muscle tone in face and neck is improved
By increasing circulation, facial color is improved
Improves the tone and texture of the skin
May erase as many as 10-15 years from the face
Effects can last for years with regularly scheduled maintenance treatments