Village Center For Wellness
VCFW Capability, Certification, Exprience, & Specialty Areas Nutritional Selection, Consumption & Combination Practices Exercise Value, Activity Tips and Supporting Matreials Air Quality Value & Good Breathing Techniques Water Quality Value and Good Consumption/ Usage Practices Better Sleep Development & Insominia Cure Tips Chinese Medicine: Background, The Art, The Science & Acpuncture Properties

Clinic Specialties
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Briefly Described below are the VCFW's Specialtiy Areas:

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Health Status Diagnosis

Wellness Health Status - In your first visit, you will have a consultation with our clinic director, John Tourkolias, who will perform a comprehensive History and General Examination. Based on the findings, we will recommend an individualized program which includes a discussion of our naturalistic approach to your current state of health. In addition, you will be introduced to a powerful and systemized approach to balancing your body's natural healing capabilities. This brief yet eye-opening review will reveal how many aspects of your health are inter-related, and will provide a framework on which to build your action plan for taking control of your health.
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Detoxification is one of natural medicine's greatest tools and you'll notice the results almost immediately!

Overloading the body's detoxification mechanisms allows this process to be less efficient and following symptoms may occur:
  • Digestive Problems
  • Joint Pain & Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
Mental Detoxification - The cleansing of our mind of negative thoughts. It's essential and can aid the health and physical detoxification process. Uncover and replace hidden frustrations, anger, resentment, and fear with forgiveness, love, joy and hope.

A carefully planned detoxification program can offer:
  • Anti Aging Effects
  • Weight Loss
  • Increased Productivity
  • Reduced Allergy Symptoms
Our Detoxification Program offers:
  • Twenty Eight Days to Vitality!
  • Enrollment Fee includes all fees and supplements
  • Have Fun, Feel Great, Sleep Better, Increase Energy
Our four week group program includes professional coaching, all supplements and forty five meal replacements. Three meetings are planned during the group program.

First meeting (day 1), program overview and handouts includes; introduction to living a Detox lifestyle, detox intake and toxic questionnaire, supplement summary, product explanation and product purchase order. Detox preparation (first week) described to help body get ready for cleanse and minimize symptoms. Take home Detox support packets and balance of Detox products to be picked up at second meeting.

Second meeting (day 8) provide overview for twenty one day Intensive Program ,includes explain Intensive Detoxification ramp-up guidelines, discuss tips to enhance the detox, Detox smoothie recipes, answer questions and pick up products for Intensive Detox.

Third meeting (day 28) Debriefing with group, patients share experiences, discuss post detox maintenance products and self care practices for continued well-being, hand in completed evaluation of program and discuss other up coming wellness programs.
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Pain Management - A Natural Alternative to Pain Management

An increased reliance on prescription and over the counter pain relief medications is due to the increase in chronic pain in our lives. A Recent Survey of Most Common Pain by the Center for Disease Control(CDC) shows:
  • More than one in four American adults report low back pain
  • Pain lasts for more than a year in nearly 60% of those over 65 and 37% of ages 20 to 44
  • 15% of American adults reported migraine or severe headache
  • 33 % of adults over 18 and 50 % over 65 reported, joint aches or pain, with knee being most common
  • Use of Narcotic pain drugs is increasing
  • Prescription and over-the-counter(OTC) nonsteroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAiD's) of choice for chronic pain
    • Bottom line chronic pain is prevalent and has a direct impact on our Quality of Life
    • Not effectively dealing with chronic pain can lead to other problems including; depression, sleep disorders and high blood pressure due to inactivity
    • Chronic use of prescription drugs and NSAID's can have serious side effects
Following a comprehensive medical history and TCM diagnosis, see Eastern Medicine . Following our working diagnosis, a treatment plan will be outlined for your specific needs.

Our clinic offers a multi-level natural approach to relieving the debilitating effects of chronic pain. None of our therapies have deleterious side effects

    In our program we replace the need for NSAIDs using a multi-discipline approach of:

  • Primary Therapy - Acupuncture needles are strategically inserted to promote an analgesic effect of body hormones to reduce body pain - many patients report the side effect of feeling of calm and relaxed following a treatment link to this large study see 2004 UM study acupuncture & osteoarthritis study

  • Secondary Therapy - Herbs and supplements are prescribed to regulate blood flow and support the internal inflammation process during the rehabilitation and recovery healing phase.

  • Tertiary Therapy - Self care education on home application of herbal topicals, heat packs and relaxing hydrotherapy practices

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Cancer Support
Cancer Support - Adjunct support for patients undergoing Western Cancer therapy.

Our clinic has configured our natural therapies to specifically help cancer patients improve their quality of life while undergoing Western Therapy for Cancer

Using Acupuncture, Herbal Formulas and Supplements we tailor a natural support program while under-going cancer therapy and, when in remission, we work with you to review nutrition support to assist you in remaining cancer free.

Acupuncture As part of an integrated cancer treatment, it strengthens your body and reduces side effects of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. Studies show the reduction of following side effects:
  • Chemotherapy induced nausea and vomit
  • Suppressed immune system such as herpes zoster (shingles) & herpatic neuralgia
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea / Constipation
The number of treatments for this therapy depends on the severity of your symptoms and general feelings.Treatments can range from one to two per week.
    Herbs and Supplements During Chemotherapy some herbs and supplements can be helpful to reduce side effects. Studies show nutrients are key to prevent metabolic disruption and improve nutrient absorption. Anti-oxidant supplementation is important to support your body's increased oxidative stress during cancer therapies and recovery.

    Prevention - Living cancer free. After treatments it is important to keep your health in tip top shape and prevent the return of cancer. This includes assessing body composition. and design a good balance of macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates, fats) in the diet to maintain good lean body mass. Also a good essential fatty acid balance of omega 6 to omega 3 ratio to keep inflammation under control.
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    Aging & Longevity

    As we age, health complications and breakdowns can occur in life. We believe Western Medicine is appropriate to take care of serious health problems. If one does not have these serious consequences we feel we have a sensible natural based methodology to keep one fit and healthy and only resorting to Western Medicine in the worst case scenarios.

    Who can join our Aging and Longevity program? People of all ages! Age is not a factor-you can be young or old! You may be "healthy" and interested in on-going prevention or you may be suffering from a condition which you would like to reverse for better living.

    The test and treatments we use at our clinic can be key tools to manage the processes and risks of aging and maintain a "Good Quality of Life" We are continually researching and reviewing new technologies and natural therapies to add to our medical tool kit. We strive at our Clinic to bring the most effective and least invasive measurements and therapies to help maintain our patients at there peak performance with the least reliance on prescription drugs.

    Call us today to learn how we assess your health needs and apply our therapies to the care and feeding of your body:
    • Help you live the fullest life possible
    • Design a program to support your immune system and build a strong defense
    • Work with you and your MD to reduce medications when ever possible>
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    Diabetes Prevention


    Diabetes Prevalence
    • Total Diabetes In The U.S. All Ages For 2005
    • Total : 20.8 Million People - 7% of Population- Have Diabetes
    • Diagnosed: 14.6 Million
    • Undiagnosed: 6.2 Million
    Diabetes is a group of diseases marked by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in (1) insulin hormone production or (2) action, or both.

    Diabetes can lead to serious complications, amputation, kidney failure and premature death. Diabetics have a 2 to 4 times greater risk of death due to heart disease.

    Type-2 Diabetes or adult-onset diabetes accounts for about 90% to 95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. It usually begins as insulin resistance, a disorder in which cells do not use insulin properly. As need for insulin rises, the pancreas gradually loses its ability to produce it. Type-2 Diabetes is associated with older age, obesity, and family history of diabetes.
    Many people with Type-2 Diabetes can control their blood glucose by following a healthy meal plan and exercise program, losing weight and taking medication.

    Pre-diabetes is a condition that raises the risk of developing Type-2 Diabetes, heart disease and stroke. People with pre-diabetes have blood glucose levels higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. A study in 2000 showed an estimated 41 million people age 40 - 74 had pre-diabetes based on blood glucose tests of 100 - 125 mg/dl.

    At our clinic we have considerable experience in dealing with this complex syndrome and we believe a pre-emptive program of diabetes prevention is a prudent action to prevent more serious health consequences.

    We employ a multidimensional approach to control the development of this disease before you have to resort to medication. Base on Medical history, Metabolic Assessment Questionare and Blood Chemistry results.

    Our Diabetes Prevention Program includes;
    • Nutritonal consuling on appropriate foods to manage the metabolism of glucose and insulin hormone activity
    • Measure Body Composition to assess Body fat and Fat free mass targets
    • Nutrition and Exercise suggestions to achieve Body mass targets
    • A Core Nutritional Supplement plan along with supplement protocol to specifically manage the body's oxidative stress levels.
    Our clinic can also help those that have already been diagnosed with Diabetes and are using oral medication to manage their condition. We would be pleased to assist you with side effects such as peripheral neuropathy - (tingling and/or burning sensations in arms and legs) and the desire, with your MD's approval, to possibly reduce or eliminate your medication.
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Village Center for Wellness - 5406 Village Road, Long Beach, CA 90808 - (562) 420-1585
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