East-West Medicine, Functional Medicine
& Integrative Medicine Practitioner
TERRA WELLNESS MEDICINE
I assist people through a series of checks and balances to offer a refined system of health support that is unique for each person. I love supporting people with empowering tools for their health on all levels. Having studied and practiced many different forms of east west medicine over the last 25 years, the best way to describe my practice is to say that I practice:
-Traditional Chinese Medicine
-Use a Koshas orientation for intakes and scope of treatments
COMBINING THESE FOUR APPROACHES TREATS THE UNDERLYING ISSUES.
What Functional Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the 5 Koshas model all have in common is that they all treat the whole person who has the disease or imbalance, not the disease or imbalance the person has. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many, contributing to an individual' root dis-ease. I find that some clients’ constitutions or health situations call for very subtle forms of medicinal support, while others require stronger measures.
My approach is to genuinely support YOU.
While conventional medicine or even functional medicine practitioners may regard some of the integrative medicine, Traditional Chinese medicine and kosha models as not scientifically proven approaches, it’s
important to note that many of these approaches have been around for many thousands of years, standing the test of time because they have been effective in helping so many people. Even though certain practices
I use often times cannot be replicated consistently in double-blind studies designed and shaped in accordance to a totally different philosophy for how and what constitutes medicine, again, they have helped many people, over many continents, over many hundreds (or in some cases, many thousands) of years. That means a lot.
WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE?
Functional medicine is a patient-centered, science-based, systems-oriented approach to helping people achieve and maintain excellent health.
Functional Medicine uses natural methods, with nutritional support and diet as a primary component, while also drawing upon the most current scientific knowledge regarding how lifestyle, nutrition, genetics, and the environment interact as a whole system to assess and treat patterns of
dysfunction and imbalance.
In keeping with the functional medicine model, my assessments and treatments seek to address the causes of dis-ease and dys-function through getting to the root causes of the imbalances, while also
I use urinalysis and/or blood lab results as assessment tools, and as markers for progress in our work together. I also help you track and fine-tune your diet, nutrition, lifestyle choices and environmental
factors contributing to your health and wellbeing.
WHAT IS INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE?
A definition of Integrative Medicine is best defined by one of the world’s leading doctors in the field, Dr. Andrew Weil. He describes Integrative Medicine as a “healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative." 1.
Integrative medicine may or may not focus on the root cause of the imbalances being treated.
The medicinal tools used may incorporate holistic methods that include some of the remedies I use, including:
Bach Flower remedies,
Medical grade aromatherapy oils,
Yoga therapy (including postures, breath-work, meditation practices, and more.
WHAT IS TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE?
Given that I am a licensed acupuncturist and have extensively trained in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese healing traditions, I also refer to myself as a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner who emphasizes treating the root and the branches of someone’s disharmony or disease.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on more than 3,500 years of Chinese medicine practices. It has influenced and been influenced by Korean and Japanese styles of medicine, Ayurvedic East Indian medical practices, and Tibetan medicine practices. In recent times it has also
been influenced by modern Western medicine.
In ancient Chinese medicine practices, human beings are considered a part of the microcosm, which is in turn a part of the larger macrocosm. We are an interconnected part of all of nature, and we are in a mutually reciprocal relationship with those forces. By restoring balance in relationship to these natural forces in a manner that is unique to the individual’s health or dis-ease, the internal body responds and regains equanimity. One of the ways this is done is through the concept of properties associated with the five external elements in nature: earth, fire, water, wood, and metal.
TERRA'S BALANCING TREATMENTS
Acupuncture or Acu-magnets therapy for meridian and organ systems balancing
Massage (to break up fascia adhesions, and prepare the body for acupuncture treatments)
Herbal remedies (and in the case of my practice, added nutritional supplements, homeopathic remedies, and Bach flower remedies)
Movement and concentration exercises (in my practice that include using yoga therapy postures, breath-work, meditation, Qi Gong, and Foundation Training Practices)
Moxibustion (the burning of the medicinal herb, mugwort, close to the body to assist circulation and healing properties)
Cupping (the use of suction cups to create suction on certain points of the body to increase blood and lymph flow)
My treatments are fine-tuned according to each individual and the specific health needs they are presenting with: physically, biochemically, emotionally, and spiritually. Traditional Chinese
medicine and the umbrella of medicines represented under that term, recognizes the whole being and layers to health that include the “spirit”of the organs, and the essence of Qi that we are all a part of, though
sometimes deficient or in excess in relationship to. As we fine-tune ourselves elementally, our whole being reflects efficiency and easeful functionality.
THE FIVE KOSHAS
As a certified yoga therapist, and practitioner of yoga for 33 years, I also
use the 5-koshas model as my blueprint for medical intakes and
treatment. In the 5-koshas, the body is viewed as being made up of five
bodies that range in form from more dense, to subtler. These bodies
impact and interweave with each other.
-The Physical Body (Annamaya Kosha) refers to the structural body we
see (i.e. bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments).
-The Energy Body (Pranamaya Kosha) refers to the energy we are
composed of that travels through inner channels called nadis, and
travels on the breath.
-The Mental/Emotional Body (Manomaya Kosha) is the layer where
emotions and our instinctive mind reside.
-The Higher Intelligence Body (Vijnanamaya Kosha), also known as the
wisdom layer, is our intuitive guiding self that recognizes with greater
overview perspective what is most useful and relevant.
-Then there is the Bliss Body (Anandamaya Kosha), the subtlest layer,
connecting us each with divine flow, bliss, and ease.
By recognizing the role of the kosha bodies as a blueprint for health and
healing, it helps me choose what kinds of treatments to offer in support
of what is presenting.
MODERN WESTERN MEDICINE RECOGNIZES THE RELEVANCE AND NECESSITY OF THESE PRACTICES.
More and more of these effective practices are becoming documented and utilized within newly advancing conditions in the world,
For example, during COVID 19 outbreaks in 2020, hospitals in China were using acupuncture and Traditional Chinese herbal remedies to treat the severity of the symptoms, with great success. Cuba, Singapore, and many other areas reported stories about people using homeopathic remedies to help treat the COVID-19 symptoms and stages of infection, also with great results. I too have personally used all of these above healing modalities to assist people through COVID-19 symptoms and have had clients experience great results.
WHAT ARE THE FIVE KOSHAS?