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Austin, TX: Melanie Irvine

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Practice type: Private
Specialties: Anxiety, chronic pain, digestive conditions, pain, stress
Styles: Nutritional and dietary therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Why did you become an acupuncturist?
I suffered for most of my life with chronic conditions for which conventional medicine seemed to have no treatment or explanations. I was allergic to everything, my immune system was shot, I had major digestive problems and at 23 years old, I hadn’t had a period in two years. Despite seeing multiple specialists, taking fistfuls of medications, and spending thousands of dollars, I had no relief and soon realized that conventional medicine offered no answers to why I felt the way I did or what could be done to resolve it.

I began experimenting with several different alternative medicine modalities, including acupuncture. After my first acupuncture treatment, I started my period the next day! With continued therapy, my entire body began to recover! My health was returning and it made such an incredible difference in my life that I decided to go to acupuncture school myself so that I could provide people with the compassionate and root-cause-centered treatment that had literally changed my life.

What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
Whereas many acupuncturists utilize mostly acupuncture, Chinese herbs and other TCM therapies, I have found that the vast majority of conditions that I treat involve, to some degree or another, nutritional deficiency or toxicity. In these cases, I have found the best results come from first determining any dietary sensitivities or other sources of toxic influence that are interfering with their body’s natural ability to heal, and then focusing on re-educating my patients on what constitutes a biologically appropriate human diet.

Healing in the body cannot occur without adequate nutrition! Your body intends to use the nutrients obtained from your diet to create the building blocks for the repair and maintenance of all of your body systems. Without adequate nutrition—nutritional deficiency being a major problem in our society as a result of incorrect dietary information and our nutritionally bankrupt food supply—your body systems are unable to function as they should.

I combine the time-tested therapeutic benefits of acupuncture and other TCM modalities with a teach-a-man-to-fish philosophy in healthcare, educating my patients on how to set the stage for optimal nutrition and therefore optimal healing.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
How did I ever get so lucky to have my dream job?! I get to work every day in a soothing, relaxing, spa-like setting. I get to make my own hours, bring my dogs to work with me, and continuously feed that eternal student inside of me. I’m blessed to form close relationships with new and fascinating people who are willing to step outside the proverbial “box.”

I get to play a role in transforming people’s lives and bodies for the better, helping them regain the body they used to know, but thought they had lost. Their frustration and discomfort turns to gratitude and joy and I get to be a witness to that transformation. I get to turn worst-case-scenario diagnoses and suggested invasive procedures into relaxing, successful acupuncture treatments. As if the gratitude that comes my way isn’t rewarding enough, I get paid for it as well! Best job in the world!!!

What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
“Oh, I could never do acupuncture. I’m terrified of needles.” Uh, hello, I’M terrified of needles! When I have to get blood drawn, I’m that girl who turns pale white, throws up and passes out all at the same time. Hypodermic needles, however, are completely different from acupuncture needles. Ten acupuncture needles can fit into the hole of a hypodermic needle and you can curl an acupuncture needle like a ribbon with just your fingertip. If I can needle myself, anyone can get acupuncture and feel totally comfortable and relaxed.

How do you stay healthy in your own life?
By eating a biologically appropriate diet, daily nutritional supplementation, exercise, lots of time spent out in nature, and acupuncture as needed!

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melanie@turningpointacupuncture.net
(512) 731-0675
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