The Mission Hospital Wellness Corner is here to help you achieve holistic health – mind, body and spirit – through a comprehensive range of naturopathic and traditional Chinese medicine programs and services.
From head to toe, we believe every piece of your lifestyle puzzle matters. While traditional diagnoses focus on symptoms, our functional approach unlocks information about the root cause of your condition and identifies the lifestyle changes that help get you back on track. We look at the whole YOU – finding alternative therapies that often deliver dramatic results to patients who had previously received unsuccessful treatments.
Naturopathic medicine utilizes conventional and lifestyle labs to customize safe, natural therapies for treating digestive issues, hormone imbalance, fatigue, weight gain, pain and more. By complimenting the care you receive from traditional medical providers, we help you achieve complete wellness and vitality – improving the way you feel all the time.
Examples of lifestyle labs include:
- Environmental toxicity
A medical system that has been used for thousands of years to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. It is based on the belief that a vital life force, called Qi, flows along meridians in the body and keeps a person’s mind, body and spirit in balance. Traditional Chinese medicine includes acupuncture, diet, herbal therapy, meditation, and physical exercise.
- Abdominal bloating and gas
- Abdominal pain
- Constipation and diarrhea
- Back pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Knee and ankle pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sprains and strains
- Nausea and vomiting
- Night sweats, hot flashes
- Anxiety, depression
- Hormonal imbalances
- Pre/Post menopausal symptoms
- Menstrual irregularities
- Interstitial cystitis
- Chronic health issue not ameliorated by conventional medicine
- Seeking an alternative to pharmaceuticals or surgery
- Wellness, prevention and to optimize their health
- Seeking a provider who will provide consultation on conventional and alternative treatments
An initial consultation is usually one hour, allowing the provider time to hear the patient’s concerns and goals, collect a detailed medical history and discuss several different testing options and treatment approaches. Treatment options typically consist of nutrition recommendations, nutraceuticals, lifestyle changes, and/or hormones. A follow-up appointment is usually scheduled in one to three months to discuss effectiveness of current treatment strategies, retest and review labs and determine whether changes to the treatment approach need to be made.
An initial TCM consultation typically ranges from 30-90 minutes. The visit begins with a thirty minute consultation about the patient's current concerns and goals. The provider will then recommend one or several TCM modalities such as, acupuncture, nutritional recommendations, herbal therapy, and/or meditation. If acupuncture is recommended/requested, the length of the visit will be 60-90 minutes, with 30 minutes spent resting with needles in place.
Follow up visits are generally 45-60 minutes. The number of sessions necessary varies on severity and duration of the condition. Acute, less severe issues may only take one session. Chronic and/or severe conditions may take 3-12 sessions.