Functional, Holistic and Integrative Medicine
Dr. Martin is a Holistic Medicine Doctor using Functional and Integrative Medicine. He has been in private practice in Valencia,
Encino and West Los Angeles since 1983 specializing in Classical Homeopathy, Chinese medicine, herbal medicine and nutritional consultation for Women’s Health, Pain Management, Longevity, Men’s Health, Allergies, Headaches, Fertility, Cosmetic acupuncture, and Fatigue.
Utilizing a unique combination of Korean constitutional, traditional Chinese medicine, pulse and tongue diagnosis and Five Element theory, Dr. Martin creates a treatment program specifically designed for your particular problem.
Utilizing Yin / Yang theory, the Five Elements of Oriental Medicine, blood testing, hair analysis and body typology, Dr. Martin determines which food types and supplements are best suited to support and strengthen your particular body and constitutional needs.
Compatibility/Incompatibility of Healing Modalities
Dr. Martin’s holistic approach includes the analysis of relevance and appropriateness for various kinds of healing modalities.
Sometimes using classical and constitutional homeopathy and at other times using homeopathy to treat acute health problems, Dr. Martin’s homeopathic approach will help to initiate a deep level of healing within your body, mind, and spirit. Homeopathic remedies are made from extremely small amounts of either plant, mineral or animal substances and will catalyze your immune system to help you heal yourself. Classical and constitutional homeopathy are Dr. Martin’s love in life and his specialty.
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The most effective, deepest acting treatment; uses minuscule amounts of plant, animal or mineral substances to stimulate the body to heal itself; the prescription is based on a complete evaluation of all physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual patterns in an individual. In Classical Homeopathy, we use the emotional symptoms to point us in the direction of where to treat the imbalance in the body. Symptoms become metaphors, or symbols, for where imbalances are, either emotionally or spiritually. For example, asthma might be used as an indication of some long-standing unresolved grief or loss; urinary tract infections, a symbol of suppressed anger or resentment; low back pain could be a sign of fear or feelings of being overwhelmed, etc.
Your physical symptoms will all eventually be cured using Classical Homeopathy, but as a part of the process, you will also feel much better and happier emotionally. This type of treatment will take from six months to two or more years. Training to become a Classical Homeopath takes many years of study and is highly specialized. Most good Classical Homeopaths study for at least five years before getting good results. Few homeopaths have the patience to dedicate their lives to this type of intensive in-depth study and discipline.
Similar to Classical Homeopathy, but in some homeopathic circles, this term is used to describe a method where only one, single remedy is used throughout one’s lifetime.
In reality, each person has many constitutional layers and requires many remedies in their life. Constitutional Homeopaths use only one dose of one remedy. In reality, as we evolve, we often need to move from one remedy to the next, (even though in some cases, we may need to stay on only one remedy for a number of years,) and may need to take the remedy on a daily basis.
In acute homeopathic prescribing, we don’t place an emphasis on the emotional factors involved in disease; rather, we directly treat, and place our emphasis on removing the physical symptoms as quickly as possible. We do, however, look at the causal factor, which in many cases does include an emotional component. For instance, did the cold or flu begin from the emotional stress of a broken relationship, when out in a cold, rain or wind or was the cause from lack of sleep and reduced resistance to infection?
Is the constipation caused from a difficulty in letting go, a craving for meat or from not drinking enough water. Acute homeopathy will treat every physical symptom known to man, and treat it quite effectively, and in most cases very quickly. But it won’t be along-term cure as in Classical Homeopathy.
This encompasses many disciplines and treatment types, including acupressure massage, acupuncture, Chinese nutritional medicine, Chinese manipulation(similar to chiropractic) and Chinese herbal medicine. There are many different ways to practice Oriental Medicine, including Five Element Theory, Yin/Yang Theory, Acute prescribing and Korean constitutional prescribing. I use TCM, or Traditional Chinese Medicine most, and place an emphasis on the pulse and tongue diagnostic methods. I do not believe in the use of highly technical computer analysis, but use the more traditional techniques of facial observation and Five Element analysis which have been effectively used for thousands of years to diagnose and treat illness.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
This method of herbal medicine is based on the diagnostic methods described in the paragraph above on Oriental Medicine. In this case, however, we use herbs, in addition to or instead of acupuncture, to create the most dramatic and quick curative action that is possible.
Chinese herbology usually utilizes formulas containing many different herbs rather than just the individual herbs used in the Western approach. This method is very effective in treating chronic illness and preventing future illness from occurring.
There are wonderful Chinese herbal formulas for almost every type of illness, ranging from high blood pressure, menopausal symptoms, high cholesterol, migraine headaches, PMS, ADD, insomnia, colitis, allergies and many other illnesses that plague modern society and which have no know cure in Western medicine.
Western Herbal Medicine
This approach to herbal medicine uses herbs primarily found on the North American and European continents. This method generally uses single herbs in order to achieve very specific results. There are wonderful single herbs such as Vitex, Dong Quai, Echinacea, Astragalus, Goldenseal, White Willow Bark, Milk Thistle and others, which can be used to build immunity, balance hormones and eliminate many types of pain.
Five Element Acupuncture
This method of diagnosis andtreatment utilizes the Five Elements of Earth, Fire, Water, Metal and Wood. The Five Elements are a metaphor for the five primary organ functions in the body: spleen/stomach, heart/small intestines, kidney/bladder,
lung/large intestines, and gall bladder/liver. Each organ and grouping of organs has an emotional component as well. Utilizing this type of understanding, we can treat constitutionally as well as symptomatically.
This method utilize specific acupuncture formulas which are designed to treat the acute problems you want to treat. This is the type of acupuncture that most medical doctors study, since it only requires a few weekends of study. It requires many years of concentrated study to practice the deeper-acting Five Element and Constitutional acupuncture.
This method utilizes the tongue and pulse diagnosis to assess and then design a treatment plan to treat from a deeper, more holistic framework than the Acute Acupuncture approach. Many very serious and evenlife-threatening health problems can be totally cured using this method.
Bio-chemical Nutritional Analysis
This method of analysis utilizes the Health Equations Program to assess the functional status of your electrolytes and minerals. We start from a Chem Panel and CBC and then do a comprehensive analysis utilizing the basic data from your blood tests.
Body-Type Nutritional Analysis
There are many types of Body-Type Analysis. Just a few of the possibilities areYin/Yang and Five Element Analysis,Endocrine Organ Analysis and Metabolic Typing, among others.
Five Element Nutritional Analysis
This is based on the Five Element Analysis discussed above.
Yin/Yang Nutritional Analysis
This is based on assessing your balance of Yin and Yang and working with the diet to change the imbalance in Yin and Yang. If your Yin and Yang is in proper balance, it’s very hard for you to become ill. Balanced Yin and Yang is the foundation and cornerstone of balance and Optimal Health.
Vitamin & Mineral Supplementation
In our culture, most people need vitamin and mineral supplementation because very few of us eat properly. In addition, most of us operate on such a high level of stress that we need more of certain vitamins and minerals than in times past. The soil our food is grown on is also almost totally depleted of organic minerals and because of this we need to supplement our diets. Even most organic food is not as complete as in times past.
A take-home test kit allows you to obtain samples of your urine and saliva. These samples will tell the lab which of your neurotransmitters are either high or low.
The types of problems that will respond very well to this type of testing include anxiety, insomnia, ADD, ADHD, depression, fear, worry, nervous disorders, headaches, chronic pain, PMS, Irritable Bowel, Panic Attacks, Bulimia, OCD, and substance abuse.
The test results will be returned to you with a very specific list of which amino acid supplements to take to increase the neurotransmitters you are low in and to decrease the ones you are too high in.
Hormone Testing, Stool and Saliva Testing
There are an assortment of other tests, which include stool, hair testing,
blood testing, and others. These may also be useful in helping to determine where you are out of balance and which treatments will work best to put you into balance.
Dr. Martin uses herbal medicine to complement and supplement the other three healing modalities. Herbs are very gentle and one of the most effective ways known to promote health and healing for problems ranging from arthritis to weight loss, and everything in between.
Testing (blood, hair, stool)
- Hair Test: Hair testing will tell you which minerals you are low or high in
and make suggestions for how to correct imbalances. It will also tell you if
your body is holding any heavy toxic metals in the tissues.
- Blood Test/Health Equations: The Health Equations program is an
approximately eight page report which is based on the results of your blood
test. This analysis is invaluable in telling you the status of your
electrolytes, protein levels, hydration levels, and how your body is
functioning overall. It also makes dietary and supplement suggestions based
on the test.
- Stool Tests will tell you if you have any parasites and exactly which ones.
This is an easy-to-use kit that is done in the privacy of your own home.
It will also diagnose candida and other yeast infections.
Educating yourself, knowing which modalities (types of treatments) you want and are most interested in, defining your treatment goals, and knowing what you are willing to do to get there, is all an invaluable portion of becoming healthier and overcoming the obstacles to losing weight, exercising, eating right and joining in partnership with your health care team.
You decide which treatment options are right for you after a discussion with Dr.
No matter where you are, you can take advantage of Dr. Martin’s expertise and vast experience. And you don’t have to come to one of his offices.
Dr. Martin treats many people, just like yourself, from long distance. All that is needed is to fill out his comprehensive intake form and send or email a recent photo. If you have a Visa or Mastercard you can get started within a few days. If not, we can schedule your appointment as soon as we receive your check.
If you would like to schedule a phone appointment with the doctor, you may call his office or email your info and your preferred times for an appointment. Dr. Martin and his office staff with contact you by phone or email to arrange the details and get you the intake forms.
Your privacy is strictly maintained and respected at all times. Your information will never be shared with any other parties.