Houston Integrative Medicine

The Center for Primary Care & Integrative Medicine PLLC

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What Makes Us Different

The Center for Primary Care and Integrative Medicine provides both eastern and western medical care. Our integrative team of Medical Doctors and allied health care providers work together to provide you the most cost-effective, least invasive and highest quality care.

What separates us from other primary care clinics is we care! Our team takes a complete look at you as an individual, not as a collection of symptoms. Sometimes the most remote details about you provide the best information. In addition to utilizing evidence-based medicine, we incorporate modes of treatment consisting of botanical medicine, acupuncture, herb moxibustion, cupping and scraping therapy, and provide advice on Taichi and Yoga. 


Additionally, we also provide cosmetic/facial acupuncture in our clinic. Facial acupuncture treatment involves insertion of tiny needles into fine lines and wrinkles on the face and neck in order to reduce visible signs of aging. Facial cosmetic acupuncture can increase facial tone, decrease puffiness around eyes, as well as bring more firmness to sagging skin, enhance the radiance of the complexion, and flesh out our sunken area. The treatment usually makes people look at least 5 to 7 years younger with effects lasing up to one week, which makes this treatment especially fit for brides before wedding ceremony and other special events. 


It is human nature to seek beauty and keep looking younger. It is well known that unhealthy people aging much faster by appearance. It is indeed our own responsibly to take good care of ourselves mentally and physically. We do advise people to stay away from bad habits including over drinking, smoking, deprivation of sleep, and overindulgence in electric games. On the other hand, eating healthily and regularly exercising, as well as proactively treating any underlying diseases, contributes to a youthful appearance. It was recently reported that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients with CPAP treatment look at least 5 years younger.  Cosmetic acupuncture is not merely confined to the face, but also incorporates the entire body and constitutional health. 


Acupuncture:

Acupuncture originated over 2000 years ago as a modality of therapy in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), based on the belief that ailments result from imbalances or blockage of energy (Qi) in the body. Acupuncture practitioners treat a variety of diseases by inserting fine needles (0.2 to 0.3 mm in diameter) into certain specific points in the skin, usually located along meridian channels of human body. The treatment may or may not be combined with electronic stimulation. There is general agreement that acupuncture is safe when administered by well-trained practitioners using sterile needles. Its efficacy in relieving pain and other illnesses has been well supported by scientific studies. Herb moxibustion sometimes will be used alone or in combination with needles to enhance effects. 


Allopathic Medicine:

German physician Samuel Hahnemann viewed this system of medicine as one that combats disease by using medicines or substances that produce effects in a healthy individual that are different than those effects that are produced by the disease which is being treated.


Naturopathic Medicine:

A system of medicine which is based on the belief that the human body has an amazing ability to restore and heal itself. It teaches individuals to be proactive with their health, to avoid disease through lifestyle modification, including diet and exercise.


Botanical Medicine and Chinese Herbs:

Plants, or substances from plants which are used to prevent or treat disease. The treatment of disease by the use of plants has been used by all cultures for thousands of years. In many cases, plants have been the forerunner to many synthetic drugs we see on the market today. We apply Traditional Chines Herbs in treating a variety of diseases including chronic diarrhea and malabsorption, insomnia and anxiety disorder, erectile dysfunction,  copious coughing up phlegm in chronic bronchitis, migraine headache, and chronic fatigue. Herb formulas will be used according to Traditional Chinese Medicine principle of identifying disease patterns. Strict screen will be used to pick up herbs not containing components with renal or hepatic toxicity to our best knowledge, etc., to avoid aristolochine containing herbs . ‚Äč


Homeopathy:

A principle of similars or "like cures like," developed by Samuel Hahnemann towards the end of the 18th century. The principle states that disease may be cured by a substance that produces similar symptoms in a healthy person. (Currently not offered in our clinic). 


Services

  • Acne
  • Anxiety Disorder (Acupuncture and Herb treatment)
  • Addiction (combined with auricular acupuncture therapy)
  • Allergies
  • Arthritis (acupuncture and herb supplements)
  • Asthma (acupuncture helping reducing frequency of exacerbation)
  • Aesthetic Medicine (Facial rejuvenation)
  • Back Pain (for patients without surgical indication)
  • Cancer (reduce chemo-induced nausea/vomiting and boost immune system)
  • Cholesterol (Dietary consult, acupuncture, and medications)
  • COPD (help reducing dyspnea on exertion and improve quality of life)
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Depression
  • Diabetes (Dietary consult, herbs, acupuncture, and medications)
  • Digestion (Diabetes-induced gastroparesis and "functional" chronic abdominal pain)
  • Emotional Well-being
  •  Erectile Dysfunction (Acupuncture, Herb Moxibustion, and Herbs)
  • General Pain Management with Acupuncture (including application of auricular beads and floating acupuncture needles)
  • Headache/Migraine
  • Infertility
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Genital Urinary Disease (including idiopathic pelvic pain)
  • Men's Health
  • Muscle Aches, Sprains and Strains
  • Neck Pain (for patients without surgical indication)
  • Parkinson's disease (Scalp acupuncture and taichi training for gait)
  • Skin Problems/Dermatology
  • Sleep/Insomnia
  • Smoking Cessation (Systemic and Auricular Acupuncture)
  • Stress reduction
  • Weight Management/Weight Loss (Acupuncture help suppressing appetite)
  • Stroke recovery (Physical rehab, scalp acupuncture, and Taichi training)

Multimodality in Treating Neck Pain

Acupuncture relieving neck pain

Please be advised that the following exercise maneuvers be performed under experienced instructor 

Crane stretch forward and look backwards



Palms behind and against the head

Looking right and left

Wagging head

Neck and shoulder opposite stretch


Lift up head and watch palms

Tai Chi Herb Moxibustion for Neck pain


ADDITIONAL NECK EXCERISE DEMONSTRATION

from Professor Hou

Master Yuan performing Yang Style Tai Chi