Acupuncture + Holistic Medicine

A Chinese Medicine Practitioner’s Perspective on Treating PANDAS/PANS.

Brandy Plunk, MSAOM, L.Ac
Clinically, I’m seeing major success in treating PANDAS/PANS with Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. It has become my passion to help families recover their children. As a mom and practitioner, know that I see you and empathize with where you are and where you’ve been.
Brandy Plunk, MSAOM, L.Ac

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We’re seeing families flailing in treatment.

We’re seeing kids struggle, all the while on an endless trial and error of supplements and ‘natural’ protocols.

We’re seeing parents already on a shoestring budget buying another $80 supplement hoping/praying it’s the magic bullet to bring their child back.

We’re seeing children years into treatment, doctor-hopping, and not much better than when they started.

And the list goes on with the PANDAS/PANS epidemic… I’m a PANDAS/PANS mom x2. I’ve been there as an overwhelmed/confused/shocked parent trying any and all approaches. Desperately just wanting some semblance of the child we used to know. And I’ve been there as a practitioner seeing what works. I can say with certainty – I know I can help.

 

Why Chinese medicine?

Chinese medicine herbal formulations are incredibly intelligent, and much more effective than a single-herb/antibiotic approach. What if I told you that that I could help you leave your child’s five to fifteen different daily supplements/herbs behind, and instead replace them with maybe two to four? Many practitioners are overwhelmed by PANDAS/PANS presentations and throw everything they possibly can at it. (I get it, it’s tough to treat.) However, this treatment approach can be incredibly overwhelming to a child’s system. Not to mention there’s no cohesion, or synergistic magic that happens here. Each bottle has its own function and likely confuses the system just as much as it helps it. It seems to be a never-ending cycle. A lot of the natural approaches I’m seeing seems to be focused on killing pathogens and replenishing nutrient deficiencies in the process. Makes logistical sense, however I rarely seeing it working long-term. Not only is this approach quite taxing on the body systems, as they are not being properly supported, but most importantly it’s missing a key element to healing: removing the obstructions that allow the immune imbalance to take hold and restoring the body’s systems back into alignment. Without this step, the cycle keeps repeating. 

Treatment should be personalized to a child’s diagnostic pattern, as everyone presents differently. 

You can have ten children with PANDAS/PANS and none of them have the exact same presentation. This is where I find Chinese medicine outshines a lot of other treatment approaches. I use some of the highest quality herbs on the planet. (I know it sounds over-the-top to say, but the testing and results are there to back it. Check out Botanical Biohacking & Classical Pearls.) Chinese herbal formulations are paired intelligently enough to move pathogens out of the body, all the while repairing the gut, reducing brain inflammation, and modulating the immune system. The results are beautiful. There is no one-treatment-fits-all approach in my clinic. Through personalized in-office diagnostics, your child’s treatment plan is based upon their own presentation. There is likely no need for additional labs. I treat what I see. And Chinese herbs are wide-spectrum enough to not be pathogen-specific, yet instead pattern-specific. All the while, paired with acupuncture treatments to restore imbalances, strengthen the body, reduce inflammation and support the work of the herbs. It’s a comprehensive treatment plan and most patients respond quite rapidly. (I also offer non-needle acupuncture treatments for those that are not open to a traditional acupuncture treatment.) Fair warning, I may use Chinese medicine jargon that is likely not your standard lingo. But, because we have our own diagnostic language, it truly is the magic in our medicine. We see what many aren’t trained to see.

Clinically, I’m seeing major success in treating PANDAS/PANS with Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture.

It has become my passion to help families recover their children. As a mom and practitioner, know that I see you and empathize with where you are and where you’ve been. I’m available at my clinic in Austin, or via Zoom/phone for distant coaching. Book an appointment or request a free 15 minute discovery call

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Brandy Plunk, MSAOM, L.Ac

Acupuncturist at Esra Medicine
Brandy is a nationally board-certified Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM) and licensed acupuncturist/herbalist with a specialized focus in Lyme Disease, PANDAS/PANS, Chronic Illness and Gut Dysfunction. Based in Austin, Texas.
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