Herbal medicine has been practiced safely and effectively for centuries and treats a wide variety of health symptoms by naturally supporting and supplementing the body. During the course of your treatment I may prescribe Chinese herbal remedies or natural supplements if I think they will assist your healing process. I often recommend Standard Process formulas, as I believe their organic, whole food concentrates are more easily assimilated and effective than synthetic supplements. In my clinic I use high quality pill formulas, granules and tinctures, which are easy to ingest and convenient for use at home or on-the-go.
Acupuncturists are the only licensed health care professionals in California who are required to be trained and tested for competency in prescribing herbal medicine. It is always best to consult with an acupuncturist before taking any herbs so we can monitor the safety, adverse reactions, and interactions with other medications you may be taking.
Chinese Medicine has always recognized that different foods produce different effects in the body when eaten by different individuals. Just as two people seeking treatment for headaches will likely be given different acupuncture and herbal medicine because the root cause of their headaches is unique, there is no one universal food pyramid that works for everyone. As a skilled practitioner in holistic nutrition, I diagnose imbalances in the body and then recommend specific foods a person should eat in abundance, which foods to moderate, and which foods to avoid to provide therapeutic effects in the body and mind.
I believe nutritional guidelines need to be specific to you as an individual. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to the best way to eat because each of us has different body constitutions. Some people should be eating more of a raw food diet (those who run dry and over-heated), while others (those who run cold and depleted) need to eat mostly cooked foods.
Eating a broad range of nourishing foods is what I recommend for optimal wellness. Variety truly is the spice of a healthy life. In general, we do best when we eat not just chicken as a source of animal protein, but also moderate amounts of beef, pork, lamb, fish and other seafood. For the vegetarian diet, diversity is even more important to make sure an individual is getting all the amino acids necessary to maintain good health.
The goal is for you to find a balanced and authentic way to eat for the long-term. I will rarely advocate restrictive, limited diets because they don’t work. If it feels unnatural, forced, or excessively uncomfortable there is almost no chance of the nutritional program becoming a sustainable habit.
I encourage all of my patients to choose an organic whole foods diet that has minimal amounts of sugars, white flour products, synthetic additives, and various artificial ingredients they don’t cook with at home. Limit the quantity of items you eat from cans, boxes and packages and opt instead for fresh, real foods. The simplest advice I’ve heard is to eat only foods with ingredients your great-grandmother would recognize.
In this day and age, our relationship with food has so much to do with how well we are managing stress, expressing our emotions, and maintaining awareness of our core beliefs. We turn to food for immediate gratification and comfort, which often points to a deeper imbalance taking place in the mind. My goal is to help you work on this level so you can make lasting changes to your health that will bring you the energy and focus you desire.
Are the foods you are eating making you sick?
Chinese medical diagnosis will sometimes have its limitations in dietary analysis, for example if a patient has a food allergy or hypersensitivity to wheat, dairy or other common substances. When necessary, I will use modern lab testing methods for food allergies to determine if my patients are eating foods that are perpetuating their health condition and offer a detailed reporting of which foods may be best to reduce or avoid in their diet.