Chinese Medical Treatment

Brandon's Approach to Healing

Brandon Drouillard has been practicing the healing arts for over 18 years and believes that the body has an innate ability to heal itself. There are different internal and external influential factors that are necessary and important for assisting the body in maintaining its natural regulatory processes. External factors like acupuncture, massage therapy, acupressure, heat therapy, cupping, Kinesio Taping®, and topical herbal medicines are just a few. Movement therapies like passive and active stretching techniques help facilitate joint mobility and increase joint range of motion and muscle length. Internal influential factors include herbal, nutriceutical, and dietary supplementation, as well as qi gong (chi kung) and visualization techniques to improve one's overall health.

Like most acupuncturists, Brandon includes eastern and western body systems review and auricular diagnosis to guide his treatments. By working with these systems, balance and homeostasis will return to the organ and meridian systems. This is a practical and effective way to treat both injury and illness disorders. These methods are beneficial for treating headaches, migraines, digestive disorders, PMS, infertility, labor encouragement, anxiety, stress, pain, fatigue, depression, decreased immunity, and endocrine disorders. Brandon doesn't just work alone. He practices in conjunction with other health network providers. His patients benefit from integrating osteopathy, chiropractic, physical therapy, Pilates, massage, and nutritional supplementation with acupuncture. They heal quicker and have longer lasting results when they are treated with this integrated approach. The reality is that medicine, in general, has realized this is the best treatment combination for most injury and illness issues, and as a result, the most advanced hospitals and health provider networks have all begun to follow this approach as well.

Brandon Drouillard, L.Ac. has a Master of Science and Traditional Oriental Medicine degree from The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and is a Diplomate in Acupuncture under the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. His private practice, Drouillard Acupuncture, is networked with many other professional health network providers. He is also an associate professor and sports acupuncture clinic supervisor at Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado and has been staff or faculty at The Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, The Institute of Bio-energetic Medicine, Anthem College, and The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. In addition to his private practice, he is a certified martial arts instructor under the Shen Lung Tang Shou Tao Association and has over 22 years of experience in the martial arts.

Listen to a podcast interview with Brandon wherein he describes his education in the healing arts and the implementation of Chinese healing techniques.

Traditional Chinese Medicine in America

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is one of the oldest continuous systems of medicine in history, with recorded instances dating as far back as two thousand years. This is in sharp contrast to the American or Western forms of health care, which have been in existence for some 150 years. Traditional Oriental medicine is a major healthcare system for over one quarter of the world's population. However, the origin and development of the profession of Oriental medicine in the United States has occurred only in the last few decades.

In its early stages, the profession established the certification, accreditation, and licensure structures to move the profession forward. This goal has been largely achieved as reflected in the adoption of licensure laws in virtually all states; the recognition of the field as a viable health care modality in the U.S.; and the growing number of third-party payers that offer insurance coverage for Oriental medicine treatments. The National Institutes of Health recognize the usefulness of acupuncture in treating addiction, fibromyalgia, headaches, cramps, back pain, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel, asthma, and more.

Currently, over 12,000 students are enrolled in some 50 acupuncture and Oriental medical colleges in the United States. According to the American Association of Oriental Medicine, there are currently over 22,671 licensed acupuncture practitioners in the U.S. In addition, the majority of U.S. medical schools now offer courses on complementary medicine as well. Employment in the alternative therapy and non-mainstream medicine fields (which also includes podiatry, chiropractic, and more) is expected to increase by 48.8% from 2002-2012. Alternative healthcare is seeing a jump in patient visits, partially due to a growing awareness in the importance of staying healthy in order to be happier and to ward of illness before it starts. In the United States there is increasing public awareness of and demand for complementary medicine, including Oriental medicine. A 2002 NIH survey found that about 8.2 million American adults have used acupuncture, and that 2.1 million had used it in the previous year. Reflecting this public demand, the number of the nation's insurers covering acupuncture treatments almost tripled between 1992 and 2001, rising from 5,525 to 14,228 and the budget of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, (a part of the National Institutes of Health), exploded from $2 million in 1993 to $114 million in 2003. According to a nationwide government survey released in December 2008, approximately 38 percent of U.S. adults aged 18 years and over and approximately 12 percent of children use some form of CAM.

Here are some striking statistics:

  • Approximately 42% of all Americans are using complementary therapies, spending more than $34 billion annually. This is comparable to all out-of-pocket expenditures for physician visits and exceeds out-of-pocket expenditures for all hospitalizations. (Journal of the American Medical Association)
  • Nearly one out of every 10 adults in the U.S has tried acupuncture. (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine)
  • More than one in four Americans report having had a massage from a massage therapist in the past five years, spending a total of between $4 and $6 billion on 114 million visits each year
  • In recent years, massage therapy has reached some of the nations' top hospitals, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and Stanford Hospital in California. Fifteen percent of hospitals now offer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies and almost 60% of medical schools offer courses in CAM. (American Hospital Association)
  • Acupuncture has been cited by the World Health Organization (WHO) to treat over forty-three conditions. The 2008 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Conference on Acupuncture stated that even more ailments have been discovered to be treatable with acupuncture, "Promising results have emerged, for example, showing efficacy of acupuncture in adult postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in postoperative dental pain...." (WHO & NIH)

Modalities such as Oriental medicine have emerged in the U.S. as a sensible alternative to the more commonly practiced, and frequently more expensive, conventional Western medical practices. In 2007, The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine found, "In the United States, approximately 38 percent of adults (about 4 in 10) and approximately 12 percent of children (about 1 in 9) are using some form of CAM. Significant increases have been found in the percentage of people using the most common CAM therapies and therapies between 2002 and 2007." Doctors, researchers, scientists, insurance companies, and patients alike are coming to the same conclusion: that although still relatively new to the United States, the growing field Oriental medicine has survived the test of time and is effective in treating illness.

SOURCE: Information on TCM in America taken from the website: