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Women’s health

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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Women in our culture need support to slow down, relax, and care for themselves so they have the energy to fulfill their own life’s purpose. Women in all their many roles need to find time to know and nurture their inner world, before they can extend themselves into being their best in anything they do. My goal is to support women in building a community where their nurturing is paramount, and to assist them in making this part of their daily existence.

I provide support in:

    • lifestyle
    • diet and nutrition
    • pre-and post menopausal transition
    • pre-natal and post partum care
    • labor and delivery support
    • menstrual cycle balancing
    • mood balancing
    • fertility

Children’s health

Between birth and 7 years children are growing in mind, body and spirit rapidly. the rapid pace of growth can be stressful for both child and parent. My goal is to support children in this transition with many wonderful tools available in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Pediatric Tui Na is an ancient massage technique for children which aids their bodies in expelling pathogens, and building strong immune systems, read more about Charlotte’s services in this specialty.

Diet and nutritional supplementation is of major importance to children as their immune systems are growing and developing. Children need support with their intestinal systems (a large part of immune function) because they are adapting to new foods, they tend to eat a lot and they need support in processing this food through their bodies for optimal nutritional benefit.

Acupuncture is not used as often as herbal medicine from 5 to 7 years, however at times needles are used in a very gentle fashion – inserted and removed immediately to provide extra support.

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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Herbal Medicine is gentle and yet very effective for young children.

Some of the common issues addressed with children in my office include:

    • common colds and viruses
    • allergies, asthma
    • immune building
    • ADD and ADHD
    • digestive issues
    • colic in infants
    • ear aches and infections
    • bed wetting
    • sleep issue

Preventative health care and treatment of colds, cough and flu

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) provides strong support to help ward off and heal common colds, flu and other viruses.  TCM has been used for centuries to prevent and treat influenza. Chinese herbs can be used on a preventative basis before flu season.  And for those who contract the flu, there are many herbs that can be used to resolve flu symptoms and quickly improve immunity and energy.

“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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Allergies and asthma

We can grow and thrive in the same place pollens grow and thrive with the help of TCM. The combination of acupuncture and herbal medicine offers strong support in building immunity to help our bodies cope with the abundant airborne allergens we are exposed to in Austin, Texas. In addition, diet and nutrition are strong components of building a resilient immune system. Charlotte’s knowledge in uncovering food sensitivities that contribute to allergy and asthma is an integral part of her approach to treating these illnesses.

Diet with local and seasonal foods

Hippocrates said “Let Food Be Thy Medicine,” this statement embodies the importance of our daily diet. Foods all have an energetic property, for instance some are cooling, some warming, some tonifying others help release toxins . . .

What we need grows in the season our bodies need it, in the very place we live! Watermelon which grows in the summer is cooling, Many of the deep root veggies that grow in the winter provide tonics and warmth. In the spring light leafy greens are dispersing and cleansing.

Nutritional support through diet helps our bodies through transitions it makes as the seasons shift and change.

Local and seasonal foods are good for the body, the economy and the planet. When we eat well, we feed our soul and increase our ability to accomplish our life’s purpose.

Excellent sources of education regarding eating local are found at:

Johnson’s Backyard Garden

Barbara Kingsolver’s book: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

For inspiration here is an article from Daily OM:

Fuel That Nurtures, Eating Right to Feel Better

Nutritional supplementation and immunity building

The health of the intestinal system is integral to the optimum function of our immune systems…

Everything our body has ever been or ever will be is dependent upon nutrition. Every building block, every bone cell, even the sheen of our hair, is the result of the food we eat. But what good does it do to select high quality food if its nutrients are not fully absorbed?

Inadequate digestion is thought to be a significant cause of food allergies. When not digested completely, food can initiate allergic reactions in the body, causing inflammation and immune sensitivity. This can lead to chronic inflammatory conditions and certain types of arthritis.

Enzymes assure greater levels of digestion and absorption of your food, and have an anti-inflammatory property.

Probiotics provide beneficial non-toxic bacteria that are necessary for health. The probiotic bacteria most commonly studied include members of the lactobacillus and bifidobacterium. Both of these probiotic bacteria are available in foods and dietary supplements.

Try a broad spectrum, plant-based quality enzyme product coupled with a high quality probiotic for one week. You will feel an immediate difference. As good as the short term results are, the long term results are even better.

Testing to determine other nutritional needs is available in order to add nutritional supplementation the body is lacking and if necessary remove supplementation that is not working or causing harm to the body.

Seasonal cleansing and immunity building

Charlotte is a certified detox specialist. My philosophy is the least supplementation using the best quality supplements. Using whole food and whole food supplementation is the way to begin a seasonal detox. Each different season provides foods that cleanse our bodies and prepare them for the challenges of that season. If we eat things that steal energy from our bodies rather than give us strength we are compromised in our daily function.

Functional medicine

What is Functional Medicine? Functional medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.

Read more about functional medicine at the Institute of Functional Medicine.

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