The practice of Chinese medicine has been practiced and refined over nearly two thousand years. Acupuncture is a treatment that involves the insertion of incredibly thin, sterile, flexible needles into specific points in the body along defined pathways. These pathways, called meridians in traditional Chinese medicine, are considered to each regulate specific functions of the body. Stimulating acupuncture points increases the production of certain neurotransmitters, releases endorphins, improves circulation, and helps to regulate the autonomic nervous system which controls all of the bodily functions that are carried out unconsciously (including respiration, heart rate, and digestion). Needles may also be inserted into trigger points, or points of musculoskeletal pain. Treatments that incorporate Chinese medicine for pain relief have been shown in studies to be more effective than other types of treatment.
Chinese medicine, often called traditional Chinese medicine, is a form of healthcare centered on the concepts of harmony, balance, and energy. While Chinese medicine incorporates many concepts, the practice is based on two central ideas: qi and the relationship of yin and yang.
Cupping is an ancient practice and can be found as far back as 1550 B.C. in Egyptian texts. It was practiced in ancient Chinese and Middle Eastern cultures as well. Cupping has been adopted by practitioners across many different forms of eastern medicine, including Ayurveda. It is used to treat a wide range of health issues including, but not limited to:
Chinese herbal therapy is one of the foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine studies. Chinese herbal supplements can either complement acupuncture or work as a stand-alone therapy. Chinese traditional herbal medicine is a system of medicine perfected over two thousand years as the best way to treat certain conditions and illnesses. Modern Chinese medicine regularly uses about 700 herbs out of the 11,000 herbs in the traditional pharmacopeia. These 700 herbs used in modern Chinese herbal medicine tend to be those considered the safest, most effective, and most ethical.
Functional medicine is an approach that examines root causes rather than symptoms, and offers a different approach than traditional Western medicine. The team at Austin Quan Yin in Austin, Texas, takes a functional medicine approach when working with clients who come in with problems related to endocrine or hormonal function, immune problems, or metabolic problems.
We’ve come to view stress as solely a negative thing, but in reality, stress is a survival mechanism. It’s stress that prompts you to remove yourself from dangerous situations, or face challenges that demand your attention. Even positive changes like a new job, moving to a new city, or beginning a new relationship can cause high levels of stress.
Stress is the source of your “fight or flight” response, and is a big part of why the human species has thrived. Stress becomes a problem, however, when it lingers even after the stressful stimuli are no longer present.
As it has become increasingly clear that we as a nation need to shift how we deal with the treatment of pain, acupuncture has achieved newfound respect. Whether you are dealing with an acute injury or chronic condition, the practitioners at Austin Quan Yin are well-versed in addressing pain using non-pharmaceutical, non-surgical solutions that get to the root of the problem. Whether you feel like you've already explored all of the options with no relief, or are wanting to avoid opioid use, the practitioners of Austin Quan Yin have the experience and the tools to help provide relief.
The immune system is an intricate network within your body protecting you from illness and defending against infection. When the immune system is weak it can't respond adequately to external threats. But when the immune system is over-reactive, it can cause a variety of other issues. True immune health is about finding balance. At Austin Quan Yin in Austin, Texas, you have access to all the tools you need in order to understand and optimize your immune function, including bloodwork analysis, functional medicine, acupuncture, and Chinese traditional herbal medicine. Begin your path to improved immunity in a consultation, which can be booked online today.
Hormones act as some of the body's most important chemical messengers, helping to regulate metabolism, sleep, sexual function, reproduction, mood, and behavior. Hormone imbalances can result in everything from fatigue and moodiness to diabetes and weight gain. One of the great benefits of Austin Quan Yin is our ability to work with men and women in Austin, Texas, on the results of their lab work. We utilize testing to see what hormones are off, so we can get to work on rebalancing. Find out what Functional Medicine can do for your hormone health! Book an appointment online today.
Jokingly known as Manopause, andropause is the age-related decline of testosterone, the primary male sex hormone. Beginning as early as age 30, the body’s production of testosterone decreases, and testosterone levels lower by about 1% per year beginning between age 30 and 40. By age 45, nearly 40% of men are considered to have low testosterone. Lowered levels of testosterone in the body lead to a variety of physical and psycho emotional symptoms including fatigue, insomnia, infertility, reduced libido, erectile dysfunction, increased body fat, gynecomastia (or the development of breast tissue), reduced muscle mass, feelings of physical weakness, loss of self confidence, depression, irritability, decreased motivation, and difficulty concentrating.
Every woman’s hormonal balance is unique. While some women have a perfect balance of hormones, most have some sort of imbalance. Some women tend more toward estrogen dominance, others toward progesterone dominance, and some toward testosterone dominance. Each pattern comes with its own set of symptoms during the reproductive years, and these patterns can continue to dominate into perimenopause and menopause.
“There is no general screening test that is more efficient, effective, and affordable than a comprehensive blood chemistry panel. It allows the healthcare provider to establish a baseline of biomarkers that can be used to track the patient’s health and nutritional needs immediately and over a period of time.”
- Dr. Datis Kharrazian, PhD, DHSc, DC, MS, MMSc, FACN