Traditional Chinese medicine is a unique medical system in that it developed with a focus on not only curing disease, but also in preventing disease. Over two thousand years ago, Chinese physicians were only allowed payment from patients who were kept healthy and were not paid when someone became sick. Chinese medical physicians became very skilled in learning how to pick up subtle diagnostic cues when the body was out of balance, but before pathological conditions would surface.
Sometimes, imbalances can present as something someone might look at as a minor concern: poor sleep, fatigue, pain, menstrual irregularities, digestive imbalance, etc. Before an illness can be clinically detected by diagnostic tests such as blood tests, MRI’s, etc., many times subclinical manifestations can show where imbalances in the body are. These subclinical manifestations can show up as specific internal organ issues, tongue changes, pulse changes, etc., and are all cues a Chinese medicine doctor is skilled at observing. In this way, Chinese medicine doctors can detect and treat health issues at their earliest stages.
Our Prevention Program
An initial thorough assessment of your health history and concerns is completed. We then evaluate your constitutional weaknesses and strengths according to traditional Chinese medicine diagnostic tools. A customized treatment program is created for you which consists of acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, and lifestyle changes. We may also suggest blood or saliva tests to look at physical markers.
Acupuncture frequency varies for prevention. Depending on previous health history and family history, we generally recommend between 1-4 times/month.