In the United States, acupuncture is the most well-known branch of Chinese medicine. It involves the careful placement of hair-thin, sterile needles through the skin in order to bring about balance and harmony in the body, mind and spirit. The strength of Chinese medicine is in recognizing patterns of disease that are specific to the individual and how that pattern of disharmony interacts with a person's unique constitution.

Acupuncture is a safe & effective alternative to western medicine in the treatment of many diseases, including:

  • Digestive disorders including IBS & SIBO

  • Seasonal allergies

  • Depression & anxiety

  • Men's & Women's health

  • Acute & chronic pain

  • Autoimmune disease

Channel Palpation

Since 2012, I have been practicing and honing my acupuncture skills through the study of Applied Channel Theory – a diagnostic system resurrected from the classical literature by Dr. Wang Ju-Yi of Beijing and taught internationally by my teacher and mentor, Dr. Jason Robertson, EAMP. Using Applied Channel Theory (ACT), Xander examines channel changes primarily on a person's forearms and lower legs (feeling for bumps, nodules, slack tissue, etc...), bringing clarity to the diagnostic process. The practice of manual palpation of the acupuncture channels provides more information when differentiating a patient's unique pattern of disease. Incorporating this information into the usual diagnostic assessment greatly increases clinical effectiveness. 

Chinese Herbal Medicine

In China, herbal medicine is arguably the most utilized branch of Chinese medicine, commonly being prescribed in hospitals around the country for a wide range of disease patterns. Herbs can be taken orally or applied topically depending on the patient's chief complaint. I commonly use herbal prescriptions in the treatment of certain conditions, especially those involving gastrointestinal, gynecological and dermatological conditions. 

*Aware of the dark side of the Chinese herbal market, Xander takes special care to prescribe safe, third-party tested, and ethically sourced medicinal products.