Functional Medicine Costs – General Overview Functional Medicine Treatment Packages 6-Month Plan: Includes initial consultation plus 6 follow up consultations, initial 2 week detox program, adrenal stress test, GI stool test, and organic acid test. Based on lab results and your symptoms, we’ll come up with a 6 month plan for preserving / restoring your […]
A program of treatment in Functional Medicine typically proceeds in the following manner: Initial Visit You’ll first fill out a detailed Intake Form that we’ll review together at the first visit, via telemedicine or telephone. We will also ask more specific questions about your health history to help connect the dots of your health puzzle. […]
There is a wide range of Functional Medicine practitioners. For some it evolved from their Naturopathic Medicine training. Others, including MDs, DOs, NPs, DCs, and LAcs, have done anywhere from a weekend course to the very well known IFM (Institute Functional Medicine) certification program (six 3-day weekend classes plus written case studies). I went with […]
Over the course of a night, our urine collects over 1,000 unique organic acids that result from chemical reactions happening throughout our body. When we compare levels of these organic acids to those seen in healthy populations, we can identify unhealthy patterns of data manifesting from an unbalanced biochemical physiology. Organix Comprehensive Profile (Genova Diagnostics […]
These tests cover a variety of factors that influence digestive and overall gastrointestinal health. The gut lining is one of the first things to go when exposed to chronic stress, as the body cannibalizes it as an easy source of amino acids. This lowers gut immunity and leads to the buildup of pathogenic bacteria in […]
Adrenal stress labs assess the amount of stress your body has endured over the decades by measuring your daily fluctuations in cortisol (the stress hormone) and DHEA levels to assess the overall health of your HPA Axis (hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenals). If your HPA Axis is not balanced, it often throws off the rest of […]
Of the hundreds of Functional Medicine labs available, we keep things simple by using a few key labs really well. You will likely only need to do 1 to 3 lab tests for your treatment program. This efficiency is one of the most appealing aspects of the Kalish Method, as it reduces the time and […]
The time to complete a program in Functional Medicine usually takes 6-12 months, depending of course on the individual patient’s condition, and their willingness and ability to stick with the program.
We also seek to minimize the number of supplements that need to be taken at one time. While we aggressively go after pathogens and patterns of imbalance, we use a slower gentler approach to tonify and coax our body’s systems back into gear and healthy levels of function. Generally speaking with regards to supplement intake […]
Unlike other styles of Functional Medicine, we focus on minimizing the number of labs needed to identify health issues and establish a baseline for assessing improvement. Out of hundreds of available lab tests, patients usually end up doing 1-3 labs, depending on the complexity of their condition.
Of the hundreds of Functional Medicine labs available, we keep things simple by using a few key labs really well. Depending on your situation, there are different variations of these tests. They include: Adrenal Stress Labs, GI Stool Analysis, and Organic Acid Tests Unlike other styles of Functional Medicine, we focus on minimizing the number […]
A program of treatment in Functional Medicine usually proceeds in the following manner: Initial Visit You’ll first fill out a detailed Intake Form that we’ll review together at the first visit, via telemedicine or telephone. We will also ask more specific questions about your health history to help connect the dots of your health puzzle. […]
The goal of Functional Medicine is for you to improve your quality of life so that you can enjoy a higher quality of life and better fulfill your life’s mission. While most people usually feel better within the first few weeks, the larger healing journey can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years, depending […]
Most importantly, Functional Medicine helps incorporate lifestyle changes into your life to restore health, balance, and vitality. These include dietary changes, exercise, proper sleep hygiene, meditation, and other lifestyle adjustments. Based on the patterns of data shown in lab results, nutritional supplements are also prescribed to support this change.
Because it is holistic in nature, Acupuncture & Eastern Medicine treat not only symptoms, but the root of problems, and compels your body’s natural healing capacity to better function and help you heal more quickly. It treats your whole mind and body with the goal of creating balance. In addition to reducing physical pain and […]
Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine helps treat most illnesses and prevents many others as well. Over one quarter of the world’s population currently uses Acupuncture & Eastern Medicine for their primary healthcare. As it interacts with Western science and forms partnerships and shared understanding, it becomes a key feature of what is known today as ‘Integrative […]
Eastern Medicine evolved in Asia and has its roots in China, going back several thousand years. It is a system of medicine that views the body, it’s physiology, and it’s relationship to the environment with the goal of creating and maintaining balance. Eastern Medicine is used to understand and diagnose what is happening in the […]
Acupuncture benefits all of the conditions listed below. Most of these come from a list by the World Health Organization of diseases and disorders. In my 25+ years of practice I have treated all of the conditions—and many more—successfully. If your condition is not listed or if you have questions, please use this form or contact me at (925) 297-4785. […]
“I help people heal and restore pain-free balance, vitality and health by helping them implement healthy habits and eliminate unnecessary medications, using 25+ years experience with acupuncture, Chinese medicinal herbs, and bodywork.” Acupuncture is a modality of Eastern Medicine, a time-tested medical system thousands of years old that diagnoses and treating common health problems. In […]
Guasha, also known as scraping or dermal friction, involves the use of an instrument with a rounded edge such as a Chinese soup spoon that is scraped along your skin after your skin has been coated with oil. This technique is a form of deep tissue bodywork therapy and the results can be dramatic. Like […]
Cupping (or myofascial decompression) uses glass suction cups that stick to your body because of a vacuum inside of the cup. The cup sucks in and resets your body’s tissue (skin, fascia, muscles, nerves, veins, and arteries), breaks up adhesions, and the relief is often immediate. This treatment became very popular at the last Olympics […]
Moxa is another technique for stimulating your acupuncture points that uses heat. A dried herb called artemesia (mugwort) in the form of a cigar or cone is placed close to an acupuncture point and burned. You’ll feel a pleasant warm sensation as the heat slowly penetrates the skin and activates the acupuncture point.
Acupressure is a method for stimulating your acupuncture points with pressure from fingers. We often use it as a gentle way to prepare your body for acupuncture, and it can be helpful with diagnosis and acupuncture point selection.
Eastern Medicine has roots in China that go back 2000-3000 years. It is based on the philosophy of Daoism (aka Taoism), which views health, life and the universe through the interaction of Yin and Yang energies (hot/cold, expanding/contracting, active/still, diffuse/dense). In this paradigm, health is defined by the appropriate balance of these phenomena within and […]
This question ”Are Chinese herbs safe?” is legitimate, given that there are thousands of animal, vegetable, and mineral products used within Chinese herbal medicine. The short answer is “Yes!”. Chinese herbs are extremely safe in comparison to Western medicine, where pharmaceutical drugs are the third leading cause of death. Some traditional substances are no longer […]
As part of your Acupuncture & Eastern medical treatment, I may prescribe a Chinese herbal formula for you to take, usually as tablets or capsules. Chinese herbal medicine is a highly refined system of natural medicine that uses plant, animal, and mineral products to harmonize organ systems and gently adjust your body’s physiology back into […]
Acupuncture needle retention lasts for about 30 minutes. This gives your body’s qi or energy enough time to finish one complete circuit of the body. This does however depend on your body type – it could take more or less time. The treatment tables are heated; there is soothing music in the background – it’s […]
We usually use anywhere from 5-15 acupuncture needles in the initial treatment session, with an average of 9 needles. Your body’s sensitivity to acupuncture and health condition determine how many acupuncture needles would be needed. As my understanding of your body and health condition increases, the number of needles used may change.
Yes, in the hands of a licensed and skilled practitioner acupuncture is very safe. Occasionally (1 out of 20 times or so) there may be a drop of blood when I take a needle out. If this happens, I immediately wipe with a sterile cotton ball. Acupuncture needles are so thin you won’t be able to see where […]
The initial acupuncture visit usually takes you about 1.5 hours. After you complete the initial paperwork (please do this in advance, or arrive 15 minutes early), I will take you into a private treatment room where we will discuss your symptoms and health history in detail. As Acupuncture & Eastern Medicine is holistic in nature, […]