Thyroid dysfunction affects about 12 percent of the US population, however, that figure may be much higher since diagnosis is often missed. The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate weight, appetite, and digestive processes. It affects energy level and mood. Left untreated it can become a significant factor in overall health.

After treating several patients for fatigue, insomnia, chronic weight problems, and anxiety, Michelle started noticing that some patients were slow to respond to acupuncture, or would get better but then return to baseline. Eventually, it was revealed that these patients were in many cases suffering from hypothyroid or hyperthyroid.

Michelle sought to address these issues better by pursuing advanced training, both clinical and traditional Asian, in order to gain a better understanding of thyroid disorders. This training included learning how to interpret lab testing in terms of thyroid hormone production. She is also able to recommend specific acupuncture protocols, herbal prescriptions, and other supplements that address autoimmune and non-autoimmune thyroid.

With any complex health issue such as thyroid disease or auto-immune disorders, Michelle advocates an integrative approach and management by a physician. The use of medications is often necessary to manage thyroid disorders. There are also cases in which patients are able to reduce medications with alternative treatment. In either scenario, it is very important to be under the supervision of a physician at all times since endocrine disorders can become very dangerous and unpredictable