At Laurel Acupuncture, Jim Chialtas offers both Acupuncture and Functional Medicine. He often combines the modalities to provide a completely holistic treatment. Depending on the health issue at hand, many patients also receive massage during their appointment.
If you'd like to learn the differences between Acupuncture and Functional Medicine, read below. They are different, yet have much in common. Balancing the body's function is at the core of both philosophies.
Acupuncture is an ancient system of therapy which involves the insertion of thin needles into the body at very specific points. These points are located along channels called meridians which travel the length of the body and correlate with the muscles, joints and internal organ systems. The points are carefully chosen for each person every time acupuncture is administered by feeling for qualities of the pulse, by observation of characteristics of the tongue and by palpation of the points themselves to look for areas of pain or tenderness. If there is imbalance or disease certain characteristics can be observed and appropriate points chosen.
Functional Medicine is a way of looking at the different systems of the body as a whole and providing targeted support as needed to restore optimal function. This method utilizes modern clinical tools such as blood chemistry testing, stool testing or saliva testing to screen for a wide variety of factors which may be working to push a person out of balance or toward disease. It is important to understand that a symptom a person is experiencing could very well have roots in seemingly unrelated areas of the physiology. And further yet, a person experiencing many symptoms might very well have one common root cause which has not yet been discovered. This is where Functional Medicine shines. We are not in the business of diagnosing disease. Rather the goal is to identify key mechanisms in that person which are driving the progression of the disease.