Bridging classical East Asian Medicine with emergent insights from biomedicine.
Combining modern Functional Medicine with the ancient wisdom of East Asian Medicine.
Functional Medicine shares many principles with traditional East Asian Medicine. Both recognize our bodies as complex interconnected webs. Both are systems-oriented approaches to the whole person – including environment. Both have the goal of bringing a person back to their best state of health, identifying root imbalances and treating with a personalized approach. These imbalances can be precursors – the first sign that real disease or impairment is impending. Both Functional Medicine and East Asian Medicine are preventive medicines.
Finding and treating the root causes – biochemical, genetic, environmental – involves much more than just treating symptoms. Evidence-based nutrition research, new insights into genetic influences, understanding environmental exposures to toxins all help to complete the picture and significantly improve health outcomes.
The vast herbal wisdom and sophisticated methods of East Asian Medicine are best described in Classical Chinese Medicine and Japanese Kampo herbal medicine. These complex and highly individualized herbal formulas can be combined with the best pharmaceutical-grade supplements or ‘nutraceuticals’ to gain the best of both worlds. In some cases, this can lead to less reliance on medications with their unwanted side effects.
Each patient care plan is distinct and unique. The relationship between the practitioner and the patient effectively becomes a partnership. Individualized ways of eating and exercising are introduced. A deep dive into the patient’s history and biochemistry can help to identify the reasons for illness.
A range of specialty laboratory tests are available when necessary. The right tests can uncover nutritional, metabolic, hormonal, immune and digestive imbalances, and toxic overloads, and help to track progress.
A Functional Medicine consult begins with a comprehensive intake and health history – done by you through our online portal – followed by a 90 minute in-person or Telehealth visit. We’ll explore beyond symptoms for the root causes of poor health and dysfunction and make a plan for a return to optimal health.
Donna Rasplica M.Sc., R.Ac., Dr.TCM
Donna Rasplica M.Sc., R.Ac., Dr.TCM has earned degrees from the University of Illinois, Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and Bastyr Natural Health Sciences University. She practices Functional Medicine and has done post-graduate studies with the Institute for Functional Medicine and Functional Medicine University (sponsored by the Southern California University of Health Sciences).
She is a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine headquartered in Washington State.
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