Integrative Medicine and Acupuncture

Virginia Wagenknecht LAc

9701 West Pico Blvd. Suite 100 Los Angeles, CA 90035 phone: (310) 230-5489
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
At some point in our lives we all have dealt with pain: from  bones, joints, muscles or skin injures to damage to nerves or spinal cord; we have names for it: neuropathic, visceral, somatic; we have the diagnostic tools to tell us exactly the cause of our pain, but very rarely is taken into consideration  the emotional aspect of pain.

The emotional affects of pain can be similarly devastating as the physical injury itself and include depression, anger and anxiety, which arise from having limitations set to one's life and not knowing when is going to stop, from having a myriad of chemicals running through our bodies affecting literally every aspect of our lives; it is like a sentence without expiration date.  In addition to this, the perception of pain is circumstantial and can be influenced by the person's state of mind, surroundings, relationships, weather, diet changes, among others.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine make an emphasis on  the individuality of every person, anatomically, functionally as well as emotionally. As a result, a condition is not  treated according to a particular model or pattern, but rather emphasis is placed on supporting the healing processes of the patients and allowing them to regain control of their lives.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as an Integrative treatment modality has been very successful in treating acute and chronic pain among many other ailments. Try it! Acupuncture Works!
Monday, August 10, 2009
Did you know continuous use of over the counter anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) can deplete your body of essential nutrients? Statistics show women tend to reach for  Motrin, Aleve, Aspirin and others more often than men do; This is  due to different factors such as cramps, estrogen related headaches and migraines, fatigue, environmental toxins, poor diet, stress, the list is endless.  A team of pharmacists (Drs. Pelton,  et. al.) studied over 150 medications and their impact in daily metabolic functions; NSAID’s were proven to impair the absorption of essential nutrients such as Calcium, B vitamins, Zinc, among others. Unfortunately the potential health problems related to nutritional depletion is something we don’t think about as we believe a balanced diet delievers all the nutrients we need.

More often than not, we are totally unaware of the several factors that  can affect proper absorption of the foods we eat and when those health problems  such as osteoporosis, anemia,  lower immunity, reduced antioxydant protection (hint, hint.. make us age faster!) begin to show signs and symptoms very rarely do we attribute them to nutritional depletion.  Through advance clinical testing at our practice we are able to determine the exact nutraceutical therapy required to best fit your body’s needs.

Call us for a complimentary  Nutritional Analysis and Consultation 310.230.5489
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