Our diagnostic and treatment method is defined as E.N.E.R.G.I.E.S. With any patient, we perform an ongoing examination and assessment with 8 key components. A course of treatment will aim at regulating all 8 components into a more harmonious state.
We do not perform or send out for lab work, as we are not a Western Medical office, but an alternative clinic based in Oriental Medicine. However, we do ask patients to bring us their blood work and other lab reports, as these are very important for monitoring the patient’s health, and we always seek to work closely with the patient’s MD or other medical specialist to create the most complementary context for the patient’s care.
The 8 components of our method examine the following:
E: Emotions/Endocrine: What is the patient’s real emotional state. How do you feel, deep inside, about your life, your current health/disease status, your past behaviors or accomplishments, your intimate and family relationships, and your self image. This is vital as chronic diseases always have an emotional root that needs identification and healing. Emotions, especially deep-seated traumas and repressed feeling states strongly affect the Endocrine system via the chakra system. The emotion-endocrine connection should be regularly monitored through lab work for any hormonal imbalances.
N: Nervous System: What is going on with your nerves? We need to look at the state of the CNS (brain cells and spinal cord): has there been any neurotoxic damage to neurons? The PNS (peripheral nervous system): is there any neuropathy, numbness etc. and what is causing it? And the ANS (Autonomic Nervous system): is there any chronic imbalance between the parasympathetic and sympathetic branches? This is very important as sympathetic imbalances correlate with chronic inflammation and a host of disease types. Chronic imbalances between the two branches of your autonomic nervous will show up in your bloodwork as disturbed ratios between lymphocytes and granulocytes. Normalizing these white blood cell ratios will help restore the immune system.
E: Environment : How has the environment affected your health – recently, and in the past? Environment includes exposure to chemical and organic toxins, food additives, allergens, viruses, mold, parasites and other micro-organisms. It also includes psychological components (stressful situations or relationships, traumas and “toxic people”.) Environmental toxins, pesticides, herbicides, household cleansers, plastic and industrial wastes generate a wide variety of hormone disruptors. These hormone disruptors easily disturb the innate balances in the endocrine system, leading to obesity, diabetes, infertility and other common disorders. Environment includes Food and Diet: how and what we choose to eat is the most direct way our bodies interact with the environment. We are what we eat: so recuperating health must look at our intake of food and water, and any allergic issue or nutrient deficiencies that may be undermining our metabolism.
R: Respiration: How are you breathing? What is your default breathing pattern, and how is this affecting your health? Shallow breathing and poor posture prevents proper oxygenation of the blood and detox of blood borne toxins. For example, recent Japanese studies have shown an even greater correlation between poor posture and lung cancer than between smoking and lung cancer. Respiration also controls the mind-body harmony.
G: Genes: What genetic predisposition do you have based on your family history? This is very important in examining epigenetic influences that cause aberrant genes to express themselves, leading to disease manifestation. Epigenetic influences begin in the womb and include: heavy metals, other chemical toxins, infectious micro-organisms, electro-magnetic pollution, allergens, chronic stress and endocrine imbalances. Preventing negative epigenetics, or introducing positive epigenetics will control gene expression in one direction or the other, leading to improvements in health or aggravating disease.
I: Immune System: How is your Immune system functioning? Is it able to fully cope with multiple everyday challenges from toxins, cancer cell proliferation and a wide spectrum of infectious microorganisms? Are there chronic infections in your body which have induced a state of chronic inflammation and oxidative stress? Have you been exposed to any tropical parasites, or drug resistant viruses or bacteria (such as MRSA), the Lyme spirochete, or immuno-destructive enviromental toxins? Or is there evidence of auto-immune disease, where these toxins have caused internal immune dis-regulation and caused the body to attack itself?
E: Exercise: How have you been using your body? Do you lead a sedentary life or do you exercise regularly? Are you making sure to burn excess calories and avoid insulin resistance from blood sugar overload? Are you looking out for your heart, arteries, joints and brain by regular movement and oxygenation of tissues? Recent research has correlated flexibility of the hips with flexibility of the arteries. Conclusion: keep your body flexible and you won’t develop hardened arteries.
S: Spirit: Last but not least, what is the condition of your spirit? How do you feel at a deep level, a soul level? Is there hope or despair in your blood and in your bones? How connected are you to nature and to a state of inner peace? The health of the spirit has a vast influence over the health of the body.