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Who We Help

Thyroid Issues

 thyroid disorders affect up to 20 million Americans, with women being five to eight times more likely to develop these conditions.

Five Element Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and personalized nutrition consultation offered here at The Medicine Tree help our patients form a powerful resistance to thyroid issues. According to the ATA (American Thyroid Association),

An estimated 60% of those 20 million are unaware of their condition. We treat patients with thyroid issues like Hashimoto’s, Grave’s Disease, hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue, underactive or overactive metabolism resulting in weight gain or weight loss, depression, speech changes, sensitivity to cold, and many other conditions that tend to go hand in hand with thyroid imbalance.


While the causes of thyroid imbalance vary widely, there is often an element of autoimmune disorder where the body attacks healthy cells, mistakenly recognizing them as invaders. Acupuncture helps to calm inflammatory response by reducing the excitatory action of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. Acupuncture has been studied extensively and proven to reduce the size of benign thyroid nodules. When the body is able to calm its stress response, it can stop wasting precious resources on misidentified invaders and get back to work!

Acupuncture, responsibly sourced herbs prescribed by an experienced herbalist, nutritional counseling and Chinese medicine treat thyroid disorders by:

 

  • reducing inflammation

  • calming excitatory immune response 

  • restoring hormonal balance

  • activating natural painkillers in the brain such as endorphins, norepinephrine and serotonin

  • assessing diet and nutrient deficiencies with comprehensive lab work and individualized nutrition counseling and care plans

  • improving sleep, which is linked to a healthy immune response

  • reducing stress, which studies show can cause overactivity in the immune system

Traditional Chinese Medicine treats the individual, not just the disease. We see every patient we have as the unique system of miraculous moving parts they are. An imbalance in any part of the body where Qi is not flowing freely can manifest as symptoms of disease. Instead of focusing on just the organ or system affected, it is our goal to get to the root of that imbalance and facilitate healing in the body, restoring balance to mind, body and spirit alike.

Ailments We Treat

Addiction

  • Smoking cessation

  • Drug or alcohol addiction

Autoimmune / Immune System

  • Lupus

  • HIV / AIDS

  • Allergies

  • Systemic inflammation

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Fibromyalgia

  • MS

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • Anklyosing spondylitis

Circulatory

  • Hypertension

  • Angina pectorals

  • Arteriosclerosis / cholesterol

  • Hypoxemia

  • Palpitations

Dermatological

  • Eczema

  • Psoriasis

  • Acne

  • Dermatitis

  • Aging (wrinkles, age spots, dullness, dark circles, pufffiness)

  • Rash

ENT

  • Sinusitis

  • Tinnitus

  • Vision issues

  • Sore throat

  • Common colds

  • Hay fever

  • Epistaxis

Gastrointestinal

  • IBS

  • Crohns

  • Ulcerative Colitis

  • Ulcers

  • Gastritis

  • Bloating

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea

  • Hemorrhoids

  • GERD

  • Reflux

  • Food sensitivities

  • Malabsorption

  • SIBO

  • Candida

​Genitourinary

  • Bladder infections

  • Bladder prolapse

  • Frequent urination

  • Prostate issues

  • Shy bladder

  • Painful urination

Gynocological

  • PMS

  • Painful periods

  • PCOS

  • Endometriosis

  • Menopause

  • Irregular cycles

  • Infertility

  • Hormone imbalance

  • Menstrual clots

Metabolism

  • Hyper / hypothyroid

  • Weight regulation

  • Fatigue

  • MTHFR

​Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Chronic stress

  • PTSD

  • ADD / ADHD

Musculoskeletal

  • Low back pain

  • General chronic pain

  • Sciatica

  • Tennis elbow

  • Arthritis

  • Neck tension

  • frozen shoulder

  • Tendinitis

  • Sprains

  • Muscle spasms

  • Bulging discs

Neurological

  • Migraine

  • Epilepsy / seizure disorders

  • Chronic headaches

  • Trigeminal neuralgia

  • Parkinson's

  • MS

  • Lyme disease

  • Bells Palsy

  • Effects of Stroke

Pregnancy

  • Morning sickness

  • Vomiting

  • Fatigue

  • Back pain

  • Swelling

  • Breech baby

  • Common cold care

  • Depression

  • Headaches

Respiratory

  • Asthma

  • Bronchitis

  • Pneumonia

  • Common colds

  • Flu

  • Rhinitis

  • Chronic cough

  • Sinusitis

  • Lung Disease

  • Hypoxemia

Sexual Issues

  • Low libido

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Vaginismus

  • Premature ejaculation

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