Evidence-Based Integrated Center for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue and Opiate Dependence‏

YOUR WELLNESS JOURNEY BEGINS HERE – SERVING ALBUQUERQUE AND THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES

Our mission is to provide you with the most effective complementary care possible, period. We seek to drastically affect your health while you enjoy a beautiful environment and supportive community.

ABOUT KHOO WELLNESS

Khoo Wellness was founded on the same belief by which the World Health Organization defines health:

“a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

To us, health is not just a regular doctor’s visit, and it is more than just trying to medicate away a symptom or two. You are a person! All aspects of your health must be considered as we track down the root of any problems and eliminate that with the most effective tools possible. So sit, relax, have a hot herbal foot soak and medical grade tea and begin to heal even as you wait to see our team.

TESTIMONIALS

HEALTH BENEFITS
Fibromyalgia

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is characterized by systemic musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep disorders, memory challenges, and emotional distress. It is associated with a poor distribution of nitric oxide. This gives it a common etiology with major depression. Approximately 3.4% of women in the United States suffer from fibromyalgia.

Women are much more likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men. Many people who have fibromyalgia also have tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression.

Fibromyalgia is caused by long term stress, poor diet, and irregular sleep cycles. This creates a combination of gut dysbiosis (poor gut flora balance) improper distribution of gasotransmitters such as nitric oxide, and hormonal imbalances leading to chronic inflammation. It is a very similar etiology as chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivity, and PTSD.

How is Fibromyalgia Treated?

Chinese herbal formulas, acupuncture, taiji, spinal adjustments, meditation, and qi gong have all been shown to be very effective for the treatment and management of fibromyalgia. Adopting a customized diet for your unique gut flora, and lowering stress may also be beneficial.

Take the Quiz and find out which stage of fibromyalgia affects you the most.

Weight Loss

What is Obesity?

Obesity is excess body weight, defined as a body mass index (BMI) of ≥ 30 kg/m2. Complications include cardiovascular disorders (particularly in people with excess abdominal fat), diabetes mellitus, certain cancers, gall stones, fatty liver, cirrhosis, osteoarthritis, reproductive disorders in men and women, psychological disorders, and, for people with BMI ≥ 35, premature death. Obesity is associated with a host of chronic diseases. It doesn’t just hurt people physically, it also comes with significant financial, social and emotional costs. In 2005 it cost around $2741 a year per person in the United States. Since that time costs have risen.

Our Approach to Healthy Fat Loss

Acupuncture has been shown to reduce appetite, help kill fat cells, and help turn fat into heat energy. It can help reduce blood sugar and cholesterol. It can help your body to restore healthy energy balance so that you will feel like moving and have less desire to eat.

Herbal formulas are also used to help increase metabolism, reduce water retention, and improve circulation.

Qi gong breathing exercises are used to help you relax and improve sleep quality. It also balances gasotransmitters in the body. This allows for effortless weight loss. If breathing away the fat seems strange, keep in mind that when you lose weight most of it is lost not through waste or through sweat, but through the lungs. The majority of our body mass escapes as carbon dioxide. Keeping this process efficient is the key to restoring energy balance and losing weight with minimal effort. Using these tools its possible to get dramatic, systemic, and lasting effects.

Diabetes

Diabetes has been mentioned in some of the most ancient text of traditional Chinese Medicine. It has typically been viewed as a disease of the wealthy, so comprehensive care has been developed to better serve people with this disease.

No single herb will cure diabetes, it must be treated at all levels ranging from a patients thoughts, stress levels, exercise, diet and breathing. The classic text writes concerning diabetes, “Whether treatment will lead to recovery depends on whether the patient abides by the restraints required.

Acupuncture – Acupuncture for treating type II diabetes is safe and effective. Research has demonstrated marked effects on blood glucose and urine glucose and in improving clinical symptoms. , , It is appropriate for mild diabetes or pre-diabetes, however it is necessary to integrate Western pharmaceutical therapy for severe diabetes.

Qi Gong therapy- Qi gong can rectify ischemic and anoxic conditions caused by blood flow disturbance. Qi gong can lower blood viscosity, cholesterol and triglyceride levels and alleviate signs and symptoms of the disease

Dangers of single herb “cure-alls” – Single herbs which effect blood sugar can be effective, however, without looking at the body as a whole and working with the body’s natural regulation one may lower the blood sugar too much and cause dangerous complications. Close monitoring and a systemic approach is necessary to provide lasting changes.

Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is the pressure of circulating blood on the walls of the blood vessels. When it gets too low, it may be difficult for the body to achieve proper circulation. When it is too high it can damage blood vessels, brain tissue, and internal organs.
Long term high blood pressure (hypertension) is a risk factor for disease such as, heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke. Long term hypertension is often undetected because it often goes unmeasured.

Blood pressure is controlled by the autonomic nervous system. It happens without having to think about it, yet your ability to relax and regulate stress can also influence blood pressure and blood circulation throughout the body. This influence is through the sympathetic nervous system. As you engage the parasympathetic nervous system it can lower blood pressure.

Blood pressure is regulated by the endocrine system. Because of this, your emotions, diet, body fluid, electrolytes, sleep cycles, thoughts, and breathing patterns can all influence your blood pressure.

PTSD

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a psychiatric condition that often arises after an individual witnesses or is involved in a life-threatening event such as a war, disaster, rape or violent assault.

Types of PTSD

Three different types of post-traumatic stress disorder exist. If symptoms last less than three months, the condition is considered acute PTSD. If symptoms last at least three months, the disorder is referred to as chronic PTSD. If symptoms manifest at least six months following a traumatic event, the disorder is classified delayed-onset PTSD, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH).

What Causes PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition that is triggered when a person witnesses a psychologically traumatic event, such as war, a natural disaster, or any situation that invokes feelings of helplessness or intense fear. While most people eventually adjust to the aftereffects of such events, some people find their symptoms getting worse with time. These worsening symptoms are the product of PTSD.

How is PTSD Treated at Khoo Wellness?

There are many types of traditional treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Most involve cognitive behavioral therapy, prolonged exposure therapy and prescription medications, oftentimes anti-depressants, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). You and your doctor should discuss the best treatment options for your specific condition. You may have to try a number of treatments before you find one that works for you.

At Khoo Wellness we focus on holistic approaches to patient care and strive to incorporate various natural treatments that maximize patient outcomes. Chinese herbal formulas, acupuncture, taiji, meditation, and qi gong have all been shown to be very effective for the treatment and management of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Adopting a customized diet for your unique gut flora, and lowering stress may also be beneficial.

glomerulonephritis

Primary glomerulonephritis is categorized by three main diagnostic features:

  1. Too much protein in the urine. (Mainly Albumin) accompanied with cylinduria (cyllindrical granular casts in the Kidney), and/or blood in the urine.
  2. Hypertension and edema and its manifestations outside of the kidney.
  3. Damage to glomerular filtrating function and renal tubule function.

Primary glomerulonephritis is divided into Acute and Chronic.

TCM has maintained that the related symptoms of nephritis are related to lung, spleen, and kidney function. Nephritis has classically been divided into its symptom categories such as edema, hematuria, consumptive disease etc. In the absence of lab tests, urine was tasted and observation of urine’s smell and presentation, frothy, sediment etc was observed and recorded. There are many presentations for the underlying systemic root of nephritis, but generally speaking they can be divided into three subcategories of acute and chronic nephritis from the following traditional mechanisms.

1. Failure of the lung to maintain the unobstructed passage of body fluid.
2. Failure of the spleen to transport body fluid.
3. Failure of the kidney to open and close

TCM diagnosis is then further subdivided into syndrome differentiation according to the internal organs and channel diagnosis.

Acupuncture, Acupressure, Massage, Chiropractic, Diet therapy and Qi Gong have all been proven to have beneficial affects on glomerulonephritis.

Bio Identicals

Many herbs on the market are said to increase estrogen or testosterone and are largely assumed to be safer because they are “natural”. There is, however, no proof whatsoever and no mechanistic basis to believe that these are any safer than taking exogenous hormones over time. The long term presence of hormones in the blood is where the risk lies. Cancer does not care if hormones were stimulated came a “natural” or “organic” source.

Our Approach: Certain Chinese medicines which “tonify Yin” work through the body’s hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis signaling the body to produce its own hormones. The key is working with corticosteroids. There are two principle herbs which have a clear relationship to cortisol, and thus, ACTH and DHEA expression.

Aging is associated with a decrease in estrogen in females (menopause) and testosterone in men (andropause). DHEAs work as a precursor for both estrogen and testosterone. Our plant based formulas signals the genetic expression of ACTH which turns into DHEAs. You body uses this as a raw material for making its own hormones. Whether produced by our own bodies or synthetic, estrogen can become dangerous when it stays in the blood stream for prolonged periods of time. While this is very efficient and allows both men and women to take the same formula and obtain different results it still requires an additional step.

Infertility

OBJECTIVES:

To assess the effect of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) in the management of female infertility and on pregnancy rates compared with Western Medical (WM) treatment.

METHODS:

We searched the Medline and Cochrane databases and Google Scholar until February 2010 for abstracts in English of studies investigating infertility, menstrual health and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). We undertook meta-analyses of (non-)randomised controlled trials (RCTs) or cohort studies, and compared clinical pregnancy rates achieved with CHM versus WM drug treatment or in vitro fertilisation (IVF). In addition, we collated common TCM pattern diagnosis in infertility in relation to the quality of the menstrual cycle and associated symptoms.

RESULTS:

Eight RCTs, 13 cohort studies, 3 case series and 6 case studies involving 1851 women with infertility were included in the systematic review. Meta-analysis of RCTs suggested a 3.5 greater likelihood of achieving a pregnancy with CHM therapy over a 4-month period compared with WM drug therapy alone (odds ratio=3.5, 95% CI: 2.3, 5.2, p<0.0001, n=1005). Mean (SD) pregnancy rates were 60±12.5% for CHM compared with 32±10% using WM drug therapy. Meta-analysis of selected cohort studies (n=616 women) suggested a mean clinical pregnancy rate of 50% using CHM compared with IVF (30%) (p<0.0001).

CONCLUSIONS:

Our review suggests that management of female infertility with Chinese Herbal Medicine can improve pregnancy rates 2-fold within a 4 month period compared with Western Medical fertility drug therapy or IVF. Assessment of the quality of the menstrual cycle, integral to TCM diagnosis, appears to be fundamental to successful treatment of female infertility.

spinal cord injuries

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage to the spinal cord or related nerves of the spinal canal. It can cause changes in sensation, strength and function below the area of injury. 80% of the those who experience spinal cord injuries are males around 39 years old. SCI results in damaged neurological structures resulting in partial loss of sensory or motor function. This can also carry with it complications such as chronic pain, bowel and bladder dysfunction, autonomic dysfunction and infertility.

A doctor may be able to rule out a spinal cord injury by testing for sensory and muscle function, movement and asking questions. A skin prick test is used to determine which dermatomes may be affected.

In addition they may use at computerized tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or or X-rays to get a clearer picture and rule out tumors, blood clots, masses, herniated disks, or other hidden factors

Evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture as a symptomatic treatment for spinal cord injuries (SCI) and its complications is encouraging but limited. Evidence for the use of acupuncture in spinal cord injuries and stroke is promising and appears to increase quality of life, but has been limited because due to the challenges inherent in double blinding with surgical procedures, size of trials, and variability between practitioners.

Herbal formulas such as “bu yang huan wu” for Spinal cord injury have been shown to also have many beneficial affects.

Cancer

Integration of Chinese medicine and biomedical has proven superior to using either a single biomedical therapy or relying solely on Chinese medicine. Results of integrative therapy include improved quality of life, improved survival rate, and prolonged life expectancy among cancer patients. Multiple medical studies over the last 20 years repeatedly demonstrate that integrating Chinese Medicine (CM) with chemo and radiation therapy have the following actions:

  • Enhanced Immune function
  • Promotion of phagocytosis of the reticuloendothelial system
  • Protect and promote hematopoietic function
  • Minimize reduction in white blood cells and platelets in animals and humans.

Certain herbs are anti-inflamatory, anti-bacterial, antipyretic, anti-viral and promote blood circulation, improve microcirculation, increase vascular permeability and cause local tumors to become anoxic-which increases the effect of radiation therapy on the tumor while protecting the patient’s health.

We offer the following for Cancer support

  • Herbs
  • Vitamins
  • Acupuncture
  • Qigong
  • Diet therapy
  • Lifestyle counseling

Our patients have found the most profound effects when combining all of the methods! Thank you for joining our community, and we look forward to playing a part in your healing journey.

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Khoo Wellness is dedicated to helping you achieve optimal health—not just the absence of disease, but a state of vitality and wellness that will allow you to live life to its fullest, no matter what your age. We are focused on delivering outstanding, comprehensive and ethical alternative treatment options to patients in Albuquerque and the surrounding counties of Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia in New Mexico.

Our experienced and dedicated team offers our patients the combined collective experience and knowledge necessary to ensure the highest level of patient care. To schedule a consultation, call 1-505-393-5556 or CLICK HERE to Email Us.