Van’s practice is focused upon neurological disorders and diseases. He is a unique acupuncturist because utilizes the most advanced biomedicine tests and a wide range of therapeutic modalities that are not the common standards. By doing so he has an innovative approach to assessing and providing care to his patients. Areas of focus are;
1. Stroke/TBI Recovery & Prevention – this includes limb paralysis, aphasia, apraxia, dysphagia, memory loss
2. Emotional, Psychological, Mental
3. Pain Management
4. Neurodegenerative & Autoimmune Diseases such as ALS, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Hashimoto’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, White Matter Disease
5. Heart Attack Recovery & Prevention
The practice is innovative by combining Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with Neuro-acupuncture, biomedical sciences of functional neurology, neurophysiology, functional and orthomolecular medicine. This combination of medical sciences provides the tools to see the body and health holistically which is in contrast to conventional medicine. Typically when trauma injury or an infection overwhelms the body they are easily identified and treated by conventional medicine. Yet when illnesses are non-responsive to treatment, or they are degenerative and/or chronic conditions, typically they arise when either the body, mind and/or spirit (emotionality) is not provided the substantive support for appropriate function – hence our body’s metabolic and physiological mechanisms aren’t working correctly.
The combination of medical paradigms broadens the assessment of a patient’s condition to include the cellular level, navigate through every tissue, gland, organ system, explore the body’s interdependent relationships within itself (the impact of emotions and thoughts upon the psycho-neuro-endocrine-immune axis) and the body’s relationship outside itself (the impact of the surrounding environment and exposure to industrial pollution & toxins). The result of encompassing those areas provides the complete view of the patient, their condition and the roadmap for optimum treatments. See detailed listings of “What Is Treated”
Benefits of Using the Most Advanced Testing & Diverse Treatments
Perhaps you have been examined by your doctor, had blood tests done, x-rays or other diagnostic tests taken, only for your doctor to report back that all your tests are normal and there is no treatment provided! You know that your symptoms are anything but normal and you need health care! Unfortunately this experience is all too common.
This occurs because most physicians are trained to look only in specific places for answers and not at all possibilities, hence a major downside of the highly specialized fragmentation of our medical practice and heath care system. As well, they use the basic conventional laboratory services or very basic diagnostic tests which have become the “routine/standard practice”. Here too, they are looking at a fragment of the overall picture. Many causes of illness cannot be found using the conventional lab services or routine/standard tests. Those tests do not look for food allergies, hidden infections, environmental toxins, mold exposures, nutritional deficiencies, gluten sensitivity, autoimmunity and metabolic imbalances.
Initial diagnostic work-up is provided with each case. It includes a complete history, review of medical records and physical exam. Some cases may require lab tests, additional research and review of your case, communication with your healthcare team and sometimes an extensive oral history. Each patient is provided a Report of Findings along with a discussion of diagnosis and the recommended treatment plan. The complex case patients are provide copies of all lab test results. By following this process the diagnosis and treatment plan are individual and evidence based.
Lab Tests include blood, saliva, stool, urine and medical imaging using radiographs, ultrasound, CT scan and MRI. See Cyrex Labs
AcuGraph is a computerized process for measuring the body’s energy in the meridians, analyzing the data and compiling diagnostic information. It provides objective and measurable data about the acusystem.
Treatments utilize several modalities: Traditional Acupuncture, Neuro-Acupuncture, TENS, Micro-current, Herbs, Nutraceuticals, visual and sound therapies, aromatherapy, essential oils, nutrition and dietary changes, detoxification, exercise, Qi Gong and meditation.
Family Support Counseling is sometimes necessary to ensure the appropriate follow-up care of the patient as well as the needed support for care givers.
Working with your healthcare team is central to your best care and this practice provides telephone and written correspondences with your healthcare team members.
Outside of Truckee Consultation Services are available. Contact the office for a list of disorders, diseases and health conditions that we provide case review and consultation to patients outside California.
Outside of Truckee Stroke Emergency Response. If you can get approval from your attending doctor and the hospital for acupuncture treatments, Van will travel anywhere in the USA to bring this powerful and effective treatment that facilitates brain healing.