The more varied foods you eat, the more you diversify the microbiome of your gut, which creates the good bacteria that protect you from pathogens.—Ellen
Gone are the days when Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) was considered an imaginary cure by the West. Western hospitals now employ acupuncturists and many insurance policies cover the practice. As with any doctor, not all acupuncturists are created equally. Ellen Elphand is a skilled practitioner who specializes in neurological issues (stroke, Parkinson’s, MS), uro-genital problems, gastro-intestinal disorders and dermatology. “Pediatrics to geriatrics!” smiles Ellen.
Ellen gets to the root of the issue through observing the pulse, skin and tongue, asking the right questions and listening carefully to the patient. Ellen leverages different healing modalities: acupuncture, light therapy, electrical stimulation for injuries and diet consultation. She also offers non-surgical facial rejuvenation with microcurrent, micro-circulation BEMER therapy and personalized Chinese herbal formulas.
“Often people come to me who have tried many other avenues for their health with little or no results.” TCM addresses the underlying causes of an ailment rather than just treating the symptoms. Once that cause is addressed, Ellen works to help people reach their health goals: “One patients recently said to me ‘You make me excited about taking care of myself!’ That’s exactly how I want to inspire people.”
I first started seeing Ellen for her Chinese medicine practice. She’s treated me and both of my daughters for a variety of issues—digestive, skin care, and so forth. I often go to her first if anything is bothering me. She’s an incredible listener, is very intuitive and has an open, relaxed manner. The diagnosis takes a while, but that’s because Ellen is doing deep, intense work with the herbs. Whenever I take the herbs, I feel incredible. My overall energy is much better, as well as immunity and general health. I’ve also seen Ellen for acupuncture. She’s very well versed in a number of healing modalities. She listens to you and starts employing whatever she thinks will work to get you out of pain. Her office is a lovely and beautiful, inspiring place to be. Ellen is also really wise in terms of what she can and cannot do. She’s hooked into a great network of healers and will give key referrals for issues outside her expertise. I really trust her judgment. And Ellen is so compassionate. Literally, you start to feel better just to have this woman near you.
December 13, 2016
Dr. Elphand is a talented doctor in Chinese Medicine and an extraordinary person. She helped me with all sorts of digestive issues. I had been talking to multiple gastro-intestinal doctors for a number of years prior to that and had exhausted every possible resource. I was on all sorts of prescription medications with no effect. I was at the end of my rope when a friend recommended Dr. Elphand. I made the trip to LA to see her about a year ago. Even when I initially told her my situation over the phone, she had immediate insight that comes from years of experience. We spent hours in discussion for consultation. I had never sat with a physician one-on-one like that before. It struck me as very special. Ellen really cares about her patients and wants to make sure she is doing her best in terms of treatment. She gave me an ancient formula of herbs and also worked with me on a special diet. I started to feel results within a couple of days. We went back and forth over a period of months to fine tune the treatment. I'm happy to say that I no longer have any digestive issues whatsoever and I owe so much of that to Ellen and her knowledge, experience and specific technique. Ellen draws on a wealth of knowledge and follows a very methodical approach.
November 08, 2016
The minute I am not feeling right Ellen is the first person I call. I’ve been through an awful lot and without her help and her practice I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Back in 2009 I had some bad respiratory issues. I had been seeing Western doctors for a year. After being diagnosed with Black Mold Poisoning from my loft, and on antibiotics multiple times over the year with no improvement, Ellen was the one doctor who could pinpoint the various impacts to my respiratory system versus a very generalized diagnosis. It was a serious case. I began an incredible journey with Ellen starting from a devastating physical situation to a much improved place of health. She treated me with acupuncture, herbs, diet and other therapies.
Two years ago I had some female problems that turned out to be two different cancers. It's unclear whether the mold poisoning provoked the cancers as I was also working in a 100 year old building that was under massive renovations. In tandem with Western Doctors' testing and opinions, Ellen and her team were a vital part of the assessment that ultimately lead me to take action quickly and have surgery. Through Eastern examination and diagnosis, it was clear that there was serious abnormalities in my female organs that needed immediate attention. The surgery removed the threat of uterine sarcoma cancer and more importantly caught early stages of ovarian cancer—which was a miracle since you normally can’t detect ovarian cancer. It saved my life.
Post surgery, Ellen’s treatments have fortified me and help me maintain my health. Ellen is fully holistic in that she has a respect for Western medicine. She wants to work with the Western doctors I see, if not directly, then to hear what they say and how they are treating and advising me. Ellen also does an electric current treatment which can be used for the lymphatic system and other ailments but is also incredible for your skin! These are soothing facial treatments that pamper and calm me but it also improves the texture and firmness of my skin without chemicals or surgery.
Ellen’s herbal treatments and dietary prescriptions are not by the book because she creates everyone’s own personalized profile. For example, I need to eat red meat once or twice a week, along with fish but stay away from diary and raw leafy greens. It’s very specific to your needs and your body.
Ellen has a lovely, comforting spirit when someone is under duress. She has an incredibly soothing quality to her, but she is also very firm and highly knowledgeable. She will look at your tongue and ask if you’ve been eating dairy for example. You can’t get away with things with her. She isn’t stern, but that’s how good she is.
October 30, 2016
I initially went to see Dr. Ellen for migraine headaches. I had previously tried many modalities including bodywork, western meds, homeopathy, Botox treatments and even a different acupuncturist and herbalist, but without any results. In a remarkably short period of time she successfully reduced my headaches from about 16 per month to once a month and I’m hopeful for continued improvement. She changed my diet and worked with me to find foods that I like. She really takes her time with you and gives great advice about how to handle things in your life. I have also seen her for acupuncture for my neck, shoulder, and general tension. My joints are better, as well as my health in general. One of the side effects of the herbs was a reduction in my cholesterol of 50 points! I have also enjoyed Ellen’s wonderful facial rejuvenation treatment. It makes you look ten years younger and she’s so good at it. I used to fly in to see her every 4 months. Now that I'm better, I don’t have to come as often but now I find any excuse to get to LA and when I do, I look forward to seeing Ellen. She is a remarkable healer.