Diet, Nutrition and Acupuncture

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One of the pillars of Chinese medicine, along with acupuncture, massage, meditation and movement, is dietary therapy and nutrition.

“Let food be your first medicine…” – Hippocrates

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs,
but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” – Thomas Edison

“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” – La Rochefoucauld

“He that takes medicine and neglects diet wastes the skills of the physician.”
– Chinese proverb

“Those who think they have no time for healthy eating, will sooner or later
have to find time for illness.” – Edward Stanley

“Diet is the essential key to all successful healing. Without a proper balanced diet,
the effectiveness of herbal treatment is very limited.”
– Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D.

At Acupuncture of Iowa, we agree with these statements.
Acupuncture alone is often not sufficient to get you to your goals, because we need to put powerful building blocks and information, in the form of nutrients, into the body to support all the physiology systems. Acupuncture is great for pain and supports physiology, but nutrients are key for health.

We have seen tremendous benefit in the patients who combine dietary change with acupuncture.  Your acupuncturist will recommend gradual changes that are easy to implement.  We supply ideas, recipes, references, and even research, if needed, to support our patients in making these shifts. Our clinicians know that it is difficult to change one’s diet, but we have done it ourselves and realize how crucial good diet is for our own energy and productivity.

We believe in the basic naturopathic ideas about diet, which in themselves echo the traditional Asian concepts of diet. For most of our patients this means eating no processed foods, eliminating gluten and dairy, and few sugars or refined carbohydrates. We support clients in eating more pressure-cooked or sprouted grains and legumes, and adding large amounts and variety of cooked and raw vegetables as well as carefully chosen fruits to the diet. Most patients will need animal protein. For very few people do we think the vegan or vegetarian diet is optimal, especially for those who are ill. We will help you find a diet that is affordable, workable, and fits within your preferences as well as your need for specific nutrition.

Laura is a certified Wahls Protocol Professional, and believes that the various Wahls Protocol diets are most appropriate for the type of patients that we see here for acupuncture. She can provide nutritional consultation without acupuncture for those interested in intensive dietary therapy. Your nutrition consultation may also create a supplement program for you based on standards of Functional Medicine practice. Initial 2 hour session is $300 and one hour follow-ups are $90. This visit will include a detailed history/timeline of your illness, review of your labs, exam, and initial nutrition plan for you. It is recommended that you return for follow-ups monthly as you begin your new eating plan.

We recommend dietary supplements, such as excellent quality herbal products from our Chinese herb vendors. We also provide supplements from fine supplement vendors such as Standard Process, which produces their supplements from whole food, Integrative Therapeutics, and Orthomolecular Products, which have excellent peer-reviewed cutting edge medical research behind all their preparations. These materials are used to support the shift in your physiology from an Oriental Medicine and Functional Medicine point of view. They will work to augment the acupuncture treatment and help you reach your health goals.

Laura is an expert cook, experienced in the area of whole foods lifestyles, and has herself experienced the fantastic benefits of good nutrition. She is very well suited to support our clients in this area of their lives. From time to time we hold classes on healthy cooking, detoxification, nutrition for allergies, and other topics relevant to our patients’ health. These classes are held in The Sycamore Rooms at 2414 Towncrest Dr.