Acupuncture Acupuncture is a safe and effective holistic medicine backed by more than two thousand years of practice and research. It is practiced worldwide both as a primary and adjunctive treatment for a wide range of conditions.
Acupuncture is just one aspect of a more general medical systems referred to as Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). TCM is a complete medical system that has diagnosed, treated and prevented illness for thousands of years. Dr Bryk, N.D. primarily uses Chinese acupuncture but depending on the nature of the condition to be treated will also utilize the five element technique as well as the Gunn technique for myofacial issues.
TCM is a general term for the style of acupuncture with which most practitioners are trained. This is the foundational technique with a wide range of techniques and treatment protocols. Five Element Acupuncture is a speciality practice which can be similar in needling style to Japanese Acupuncture but tends to concentrate more on the psycho-spiritual nature of a person to heal disease - including physical disease The Gunn Technique is an intramuscular technique used for the treatment of chronic pain and sports injury. The concept is that Most chronic, persistent pain arises not from injury, but from subtle dysfunctions in the nervous system –I call it neuropathic pain. Almost invariably, nerves to muscles are involved. Affected muscles become shortened, and this physically compounds pain.
Auricular Acupuncture uses the ears as a microcosm, or representation, of the entire body. One area where Auricular acupuncture is used extensively is in drug and alcohol detox regiments.
Botanical medicine refers to using a plant's seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes. Plants had been used for medicinal purposes long before recorded history.
Clinical nutrition is the study of the relationship between food and a healthy body. It is the science of nutrients and how they are digested, absorbed, transported, metabolized, stored, and eliminated by the body.
Dietary Interventions: A healthy diet is the single most important tool for your body to prevent and recover from illness. What we eat can have a tremendous impact on the manifestation of disease in the body. With any condition there will be foods that have the ability to help the body return to a state of ideal health whereas others can contribute to the disease process. Through the use of nutritional diet plans, like a hypoallergenic diet, a weight loss diet, or a detox diet, to name a few, a number of therapeutic outcomes can be achieved just by altering how and what we eat. Our goal will be to develop a well balanced sustainable diet versus the use of fad diets.
Orthomolecular Medicine: Clinical nutrition also includes the use of specific nutritional supplements to address deficiencies or to act as a treatment tool for various health concerns. Orthomolecular medicine is designed to enable individuals to reach their ideal health by utilizing only naturally occurring substances (e.g. vitamins, minerals, enzymes, trace elements, co-enzymes). The proper balance of these substances in the body is the key to reaching physical, mental, and emotional health and stability. Depending on the specific needs of the body a protocol will be designed with some short term and some longer term nutritional interventions.