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About Traditional Chinese Medicine

Health is a state of total harmony between the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the individual. TCM treats the body in its entirety, not just the “diseased” part. Chinese medicine takes into account the age, habits, physical and emotional traits, and other aspects of the individual in order to create an overall picture of the patient and work to correct any patterns of disharmony that have arisen. There are a wide range of disorders treatable by Traditional Chinese Medicine. Please discuss any specific problem with your acupuncturist to determine if TCM is a good option for you.

How Does it Work?

The four pillars of TCM are AcupunctureHerbal MedicineBodywork, and Lifestyle (diet, nutrition, and exercise). We strive to achieve the optimal health of an individual by combining the benefits of each one.


Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into the body along well defined and documented pathways to stimulate the bodies innate healing abilities, unblock disruptions in the energy pathways and bring the body to a state of health and balance.

Herbal Medicine

The sophisticated system of herbal medicine is an integral part of TCM. Chinese herbal formulas treat a wide variety of symptoms while invigorating the body’s natural healing process. Chinese medicinal herbs are available in a variety of forms to fit each patients needs: raw herbs from which a tea is made, powders to stir into water, and pills.


Shiatsu and pediatric tuina are forms of bodywork that work with or without acupuncture to release the body’s free flow of energy, thereby promoting general relaxation and relief from pain and stress.


As the famous philosopher, Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine.” Diet, nutrition and exercise are vital to good health. We will discuss how you can incorporate these important factors into your overall health plan.

Commonly Treated Conditions

The National Institute of Health (NIH) has stated that acupuncture shows the most promise of all forms of alternative medicine it has studied thus far. The World Health Organization has issued a list of diseases that lend themselves to treatment by acupuncture, some of which are listed below. Herbal medicine may broaden the range of these treatable disorders.

“I was at my wit’s end with seasonal allergies and multiple bouts of bronchitis, when a dear friend recommended her acupuncturist – nutritionist Charlotte Sobeck. From the moment I began working with Charlotte, I have appreciated her ability to listen to my concerns, allay my fears and gently encourage me as I began to make dietary changes and adopt new health practices– some very simple–to bring my body back into balance. Over time, I have not been sick as often and neither has my family, which was noticeable even to our pediatrician who asked what we’d been doing differently. And when we have been sick or assaulted by Austin’s mix of mold and cedar, I know how better to handle it for myself and our family, so we all feel better. Charlotte has taught me how to forge my own path to health and for that I am eternally grateful.”
— Amy, Austin, Tx.
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Respiratory System

  • Allergies/Asthma/Sinusitis
  • Bronchitis
  • Acute tonsillitis
  • Common cold and flu


  • Infertility
  • Improve IVF success rate
  • PMS
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Pregnancy symptoms
  • Labor & delivery
  • Postnatal symptoms


(In addition to other syndromes that may apply to children)

Both my husband and I see Charlotte on a regular basis and she has also cared for my toddler. Unlike Western doctors, Charlotte doesn’t just treat our symptoms with medicine. Charlotte spends the time to find the underlying cause and heal our immune systems. Charlotte introduced us to traditionally-prepared foods, and it has changed our lives forever. I feel great and my asthma and allergy symptoms have virtually disappeared. My daughter is healthier than ever and doesn’t pick up every cold she comes in contact with. My husband has also been able to stop using his prescribed ADD medication through Charlotte’s combination of acupuncture treatment and Chinese herbal remedies. We all highly recommend Charlotte!
— Lindsey, Austin, Tx
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  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Hyperactivity
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Cough
  • Bed wetting
  • Colic
  • Earache
  • Other common childhood illnesses


  • Headache, Migraine
  • Post-operative pain
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Facial pain and palsy
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Dizziness and vertigo

Digestive Disorders

After suffering with serious digestive and lung problems for a number of years and getting no relief from “medical” doctors, a friend referred me to Charlotte. She took the time to question me about all things relating to my conditions, and then crafted a treatment plan including herbs, vitamins, and acupuncture, as well as nutritional suggestions. Over the last couple of years I’ve continued to see her and she’s revised the plan as my needs have changed. Now I know how Lazarus felt, because at times I really do feel like I’ve been raised from the dead! Can’t recommend her services highly enough.
— Rebecca, Austin, Tx
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  • Abdominal pain
  • Indigestion
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Ulcer
  • Colitis
  • Acid reflux


  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
  • Wrist/finger pain
  • General pain and numbness


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia

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