Herbal Medicine & Nutrition
Treating From The Root
Our care is based on a foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine integrated with modern knowledge of nutritional sciences and health. The body is a highly complex web of interrelated functions, all of which need to act in concert with one another. Our goal is to hone in on what core systems of the body are out of balance and restore their function using natural treatments.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
We specialize in preparing custom formulas from our extensive herbal pharmacy. Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine is the oldest and most comprehensive form of herbal medicine in the world. Chinese herbs are often combined into formulas customized for your specific needs and changed gradually as your condition improves. This allows us to match your signs and symptoms exactly, and enhance the formulas positive effects.
Chinese herbs are effective and safe when prescribed by a well-trained herbal practitioner. Careful attention to dosage, combinations of herbs, and any known drug-herb interactions are covered in comprehensive Chinese herbal medicine education programs. Elizabeth has over 3000 hours of training in Oriental Medicine and is NCCAOM Herbal Board Certified.
We only use Evergreen herbs, the most trusted GMP certified herb manufacturer in the US. Each batch is checked for safety against bacteria, fungus, heavy metals, and pesticides. All extracts from Evergreen herbs are derived from nature. They do not contain harsh chemicals, fillers, alcohol or preservatives, and are very gentle to your system.
Functional Nutrition & Lab Analysis
Chronic health problems begin when the body attempts to correct an underlying imbalance by stealing resources needed elsewhere in order to compensate. With various lab testing to help determine what systems or biochemical pathways are malfunctioning in your body such as hormone imbalances, adrenal fatigue, digestive problems, detoxification capacity, food sensitivities and other hidden stressors, we can pinpoint exactly what is pushing you off balance and support your body’s healthy physiological functioning naturally.
The foods we eat are the building blocks for every cell in the body and provide the tools the body needs to carry out all of its biochemical processes. Dietary assessment is more than learning which foods are healthy and which are not. Understanding how certain foods could be negatively affecting your health is a cornerstone to restoring optimal wellbeing.
What to expect.
Your first appointment will be about 1 hour. You will be asked many detailed questions about your symptoms and lifestyle patterns. Inspection of the tongue and palpation of the pulses at the wrist are an important part of the diagnostic workup in Chinese medicine. If further lab testing is needed, these will be ordered during your initial visit.
After the first consultation, you may receive a combination of diet instructions, supplements, and/or specialized herbal formula. If further lab testing is needed, a second 1 hour consult will be needed to go over results before we recommend a plan.
Follow-up visits to recheck and adjust your plan are about 20-30 minutes. Your first few follow-up visits may initially be every 1-4 weeks and then progress to once every 1-4 months depending on your problem.
How are Chinese herbs taken?
All of our herbs are in granular powder form which are to be mixed in warm water 2-3 times per day.
Will this be covered by insurance?
Unfortunately neither consultation visits nor herbs or supplements are covered by insurance.
What if I already have lab tests?
Most typical tests ordered by MDs are missing a few key values that make all the difference when looking for functional problems. As long as all the tests and values are available and it is only a couple months old then we can use it. Otherwise it is best and cheaper in the long run to make sure we have all the pieces of the puzzle instead of guessing to fill in the gaps.
The results were quickly apparent. I went from having 4 periods per year to regular monthly cycles. The cycles themselves were also less painful and heavy. My general fatigue improved, and Elizabeth also helped with my tendencies toward anxiety and insomnia.
5 months after beginning treatment, my husband and I conceived naturally. Elizabeth continued treatment through the first 12 weeks and the last 4 weeks of my pregnancy. In 2017 I delivered a healthy baby boy, Matthew. I know if it hadn’t been for all the hard work of Elizabeth and staff at Geneva Acupuncture & Bodyworks, I wouldn’t have my happy little boy today!
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