East-West Integrative Medicine
Dr. Hughes is uniquely qualified to blend the ancient wisdom of Acupuncture/Traditional Chinese Medicine with Holistic Western Medicine/Functional Medicine. Our practice is focused on our patients’ health and wellbeing, long-term symptom relief, and helping you maximize your quality of life and longevity.
Chronic Disease Support
Diabetes, prediabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, etc. all result from a poor lifestyle. Our complete individualized evaluation and lifestyle program will empower you to make the lifestyle changes that can improve your health and may even reverse disease.
Your digestive system is critical to optimal health. Through this system you gain vital nutrients, eliminate waste, and balance your immune and nervous system. With advanced testing, nutrient support, and careful food planning, improving your digestive system will enhance every aspect of your health and wellness.
Thyroid is one of the largest endocrine glands, greatly influences almost every cell in your body. Thyroid disease is a common cause of fatigue, weight gain and hormone imbalance. It can be caused by gluten intolerance, autoimmune disease, toxicity, infection, hormone imbalance and nutritional deficiency. We evaluate your thyroid dysfunction in depth in order to get to the root of your thyroid problem and provide a plan to optimize your health and thyroid function.
Nutritional imbalances are rampant in our society, current medical therapies, poor lifestyle choices, and nutrient-depleted food sources all contribute to hidden nutritional deficiencies. Each of us are unique individuals and therefore require unique nutrition. With our micro-nutrient and food sensitivity testing we can determine what foods best serve you in your quest for health.
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
Hormone deficiencies in women and men are a cause of fatigue, loss of vitality, heart disease and decreased performance. Your body makes hundreds of hormones and in order for it to function properly you’ve got to have them all working together. We will get to the root cause of your hormone deficiency through testing, and provide bioidentical hormone replacement as an option to optimize life quality.
Dr. Hughes practices both style of traditional acupuncture and contemporary medical acupuncture. Help you sleep better, reduce stress and eliminate pain. All ages are welcome.
Traditional Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese medicine based on the principle that bioelectric energy (Chi or Life Force) flows through the body along meridians or well-defined pathways. Needles are used at various meridian sites to rebalance bioelectric energy disturbances. Dr. Hughes first learned the techniques through observing and working with her mother and grandfather. Her family has practiced Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for eight generations. She also studied at the Oriental medical school at Dongguk University in Los Angeles. Her experience with using acupuncture to successfully treat infertility led her to publish a research article on the subject.
Contemporary Medical acupuncture is often referred as Neurofunctional Acupuncture because it is rooted on current concepts of neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and pathophysiology. It involves a comfortable insertion of small solid single-use disposable needles at relevant points on the body in combination with manual needle stimulation or electrical stimulation. Needling certain points in the body will stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals in the brain, spinal cord and muscles. These chemicals will change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system. Dr. Hughes is certified through the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture program from McMaster University which focuses on the science based application of acupuncture.
What if there was a test you could take that could tell you which supplements are best for your depression? What if you could take a supplement that would make your anxiety go away? What if your child’s ADHD improved without taking stimulants?
It is now clear that abnormal levels of key nutrients can have an adverse effect on brain chemistry and mental health. Because of these abnormalities, some individuals have a predisposition for conditions such as clinical depression, anxiety, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), while others are quite invulnerable to these disorders.
We test these underlying chemical imbalance and treat with Walsh Protocol. Dr. Hughes received training from Dr. Walsh and local expert Dr. Sickels. She has seen great results with treatment of anxiety, depression, behavior issues or ADHD.
Stress is a really common problem in today’s society. Through acupuncture, nutritional optimization, hormone restoration, exercise and sleep management we can help you gain vitality and feel relax!