Many people are under the mistaken impression that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is only about acupuncture, when TCM actually extends to massage, Chinese Herbs, Nutritional therapy, and Qigong.
Nutritional therapy is one of the most important and least costly ways to restore and maintain health. Nutritional Counseling is provided as an integral part of our clinical practice because we believe that the most potent medicines that our patients can consume are the foods they eat everyday. You may be surprised to learn that certain foods western diet experts consider "good for you", from a TCM perspective, can actually be detrimental to your long term health.
For example, many people think it’s better to eat raw foods because cooking can destroy nutrients, but raw foods can actually be harder to digest. Good nutrition is a result of healthy diet and digestion. Eating the most wholesome, organic food doesn’t matter if your digestion is weak. Thus, eating raw foods might be good for those with strong digestive systems, but contraindicated for those who don’t.
We assess the types of foods and beverages we should consume for optimal health based on detailed analysis of our overall condition. In Chinese medicine, one size doesn’t fit all. Our dietary prescriptions are aimed at increasing energy levels, boosting the immune system, and improving a patient's overall health.
We can also help with weight control. Many people want to lose weight, but are confused by conflicting advice surrounding what to eat. Most popular diets that people try do not work because they ignore one of the most essential keys to weight loss: stress management. Stress wreaks havoc on the digestive system. When the digestive system is weak, food cannot be efficiently processed.