Sarah is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner. Functional Medicine focuses on preventing and treating disease with full integration, getting to the root of the problem using a scientific approach that uses the following principals as presented by The Institute For Functional Medicine
- Biochemical individuality describes the importance of individual variations in metabolic function that derive from genetic and environmental differences among individuals.
- Patient-centered medicine emphasizes “patient care” rather than “disease care,” following Sir William Osler’s admonition that “It is more important to know what patient has the disease than to know what disease the patient has.”
- Dynamic balance of internal and external factors.
- Web-like interconnections of physiological factors – an abundance of research now supports the view that the human body functions as an orchestrated network of interconnected systems, rather than individual systems functioning autonomously and without effect on each other. For example, we now know that immunological dysfunctions can promote cardiovascular disease, that dietary imbalances can cause hormonal disturbances, and that environmental exposures can precipitate neurologic syndromes such as Parkinson’s disease.
- Health as a positive vitality – not merely the absence of disease.
- Promotion of organ reserve as the means to enhance health span.
Fertility and Women’s Health
Traditional Oriental Medicine is being effectively used as an adjunctive therapy during fertility treatment. We treat infertility, sexual dysfunction and a variety of women’s and men’s’ health problems, including benign prostate hypertrophy (bph), menopause, and PMS. Fertility involves both partners, so please bring your significant other with you.
Integrative Sports Medicine
Oriental Medicine has many modalities to help an injury heal more quickly and thoroughly. It can help ease the pain and assist with the healing process for chronic injuries as well.
Sarah has been climbing, swimming, surfing, biking, hiking and otherwise taking her body to its limits since she was a small child. Her love for sports and the outdoors helps her, along with her extra clinical training in Integrative Sports Medicine at Five Branches University, and her experience as an RN, to treat all types of orthopedic and sports injuries.
Sarah has studied with Dr Zhu. His techniques help patients with all types of neurological conditions. Dr Zhu’s scalp needle system is often used to treat patients with paralysis. Dr Zhu’s results are nothing short of miraculous, helping people who were told they could not walk again to slowly get up on a walker and walk again. His treatments have also made significant differences in stroke patients’ recovery and can be effective for Multiple Sclerosis as well as severe and chronic pain. Most conditions are treated in conjunction with western medicine due to their severity.
His methods require lots of hard work by the patient, who needs to exercise many hours a day, this along with frequent treatments where needles are placed in the scalp while the patient completes exercises to increase their level of functioning, decrease their pain and improve their overall well being. The scalp needles are inserted subcutaneously.
Pain is an indicator in the body. Sarah follows the pain pathways and uses her training as a classical East Asian diagnostician to uncover the source of the pain and treat it’s root cause. Acupuncture has been used for centuries and has been well proven in recent times as a pain reliever and has even been used as an anesthetic for surgery.