At Healing Lotus Acupuncture we run an evidence - based practice, that applies a three - pronged integrative approach to patient care; which leads
to better patient outcomes, and thus - happier patients. We draw upon the most effective attributes from three holistic systems of medicine that have proven more successful in the treatment of complex diseases that Western doctors don't understand, and don't know how to treat. Below is a brief description of these three systems. The Eastern Medicinemodel has over 3,000 incredible years of clinical experience that covers diagnostic procedures, and a diverse range of therapeutic techniques such as: acupuncture, herbal therapy, nutrition, moxibustion, guasha, tai chi, qi gong, etc. Through the use of acupuncture & herbal therapy, we are able to tap into the body's innate ability to heal itself by manipulating its energetic resources. When energetic obstructions form, fluids become stagnant and disease manifests. Eastern medicine is a non-invasive tool we use to restore balance to the body, mind and spirit. The Homeopathy model provides us with exclusive diagnostic techniques for identifying individual temperaments and miasms (underlying chronic diseases), that can inhibit the healing process. We also perform facial diagnosis as an added feature to highlight the prevalence of constitutional imbalances that transform facial features. Lastly, there is the use of sophisticated formulations from nature's pharmacy that include phytotherapies, and Biotherapeutic Drainage protocols. These are just two more tools that can be used to further personalize a patient's treatment. The Functional Medicine model allows for a new narrative that focuses on patient - centered care as opposed to the disease - centered narrative used by traditional Western medicine. Instead of micro-managing disease and its symptoms, we adopt a macro view that encompasses the whole person; and listen to what their story is in order to unravel the complex matrix of illness that affects the body, mind and spirit. Functional medicine also takes into consideration the toxic exposures that patients encounter on a daily basis as their internal terrain interacts / counteracts with the external environment. Part of this model that supersedes the traditional Western archetype is the use of advanced laboratory testing that allows us to prevent disease instead of waiting for it to manifest.
By utilizing these three systems in an integrated model we our able to better design an effective treatment strategy for each patient's unique case. Our goal is to teach patients the benefits of a healthier lifestyle that is free of disease, illness, pain and suffering; one in which disease prevention is the guiding principle.
The Healing Lotus Philosophy
Our approach to patient - care is rooted in Buddhist philosophy, which views the universe as pure energy. This viewpoint also states that everything contained within the universe, including ourselves, is a manifestation of that pure energy; and thus the entirety of the cosmos is inseparable. We are a part of the universe as much as it is a part of us.
By integrating the Buddhist perspective into our practice, it allows for a more holistic approach to patient care, which takes into consideration the complexity of disease, how it arises and manifests. In opposition, we have the Western standard, which tends to separate the disease from the patient as if it were an entity unto itself appearing from nowhere. This type of bedside manner often leaves the patient feeling ignored, and treated as a bystander, even though it is the patient who experiences the suffering. In stark contrast to the Western approach, the holistic practitioner realizes that the disease must be considered as part of the patient, because it manifests within the context of the patient’s body, they experience it with their mind, and it affects their spirit. It's also the case that the illness can originate in the mind and later manifest in the tissues.
What we have described above is the interrelationship of the body, mind and spirit that defines wellness, and completeness. So it is only logical that the body, mind, and spirit should be an integral part of the strategy to restore wellness. The holistic approach also extends beyond just the body, mind and spirit to also include the environments in which the patient interacts. This can include: the home, work, neighborhood, etc. We believe this method produces better patient outcomes, and patients tend to be happier, because they have a say in their healing process.