Modalities of Treatment

Dr. Ariel Touchet utilizes a broad range of modalities in her medical practice. The specific combination of treatments she offers a patient depends on her assessment of what would be helpful to their condition and their personal preferences.


Nutrition is the foundation of health. Food can nourish us every single day or it can slowly contribute to chronic disease depending on what we choose. It’s for this reason that I can encourage all of my patients to eat a REAL food diet. Real foods are organic, whole foods that are not processed and do not contain sugars, additives, or hydrogenated oils. These basic guidelines are applicable to everyone regardless of age or medical condition.

Typically, I recommend a personalized paleo diet to all my patients, because of its inherent nutritional wisdom and profound health benefits. A paleo diet isn’t for everyone, however, and I seek to help my patients find the right diet for their constitution. Everyone has slightly different nutritional needs based on their own genetic blueprint, internal terrain, and medical condition. It is also my intent to respect my patient’s personal choices. We will work together to find what works for you.

It is important that your diet be a source of nourishment to you and be sustainable. It is for this reason that I do not recommend weight loss diets. Dieting doesn’t work and can actually cause negative health consequences. What does work is finding the right diet for your constitution and supporting a healthy metabolism. This way weight loss will happen if it’s needed, and it will be maintainable over your lifetime.

Today, our relationship with food is highly influenced by body image, stress, and emotions. It is so common to reach for food as a comfort and to immediately self criticize and shame oneself. My goal is to help you recover your relationship with food so that it may be a source of nourishment and joy.


I find that many of my patients respond well to 5 element acupuncture, and I tend to use this acupuncture style more than any other. I see that many people today are mired down by their own self-doubt and limiting thought patterns. It is a crucial aspect of my care to offer a treatment, which can fortify my patients’ spirits and positive thoughts. 5 element acupuncture works on the level of the mind and spirit and can help patients move beyond their limitations in life. Points are chosen based on the poetic meaning of their point name and spiritual influence. For example, a point translated from the Chinese as ‘grasping the wind’ may be chosen for someone experiencing stagnation in life. The names are extremely expressive and beautiful. Their potency, however, is experienced in treatment. It is amazing to see how something experienced in the body can translate so effectively to the mental and spiritual planes, helping people create real change in their lives.

Sometimes what is needed in an acupuncture treatment is immediate relief from symptoms. When this is the case I may use a variety of techniques. I may apply cupping to the back, which opens up the channels and relieves stagnation. Trigger point acupuncture and traditional Chinese acupuncture prescriptions are also helpful for relieving muscle pain and other acute problems.

Nutritional Supplementation

I’m sure you are aware of how many supplements there are on the market. Just take a stroll down your local grocery store supplement aisle. How do you know what you should be taking? How do you know how to identify a high quality supplement or more importantly spot one of poor quality? I will help you to find the appropriate supplements to take. I will suggest the minimal number of high quality nutritional supplements necessary to support you. Generally, more supplementation is needed at the beginning of treatment to make headway with improving your health. Over time, I find that my patients can rely more on their lifestyle, nutrition, and regular acupuncture ‘tune-ups’ to support their health. It is my goal to help you reach this high level of wellness.


Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques, known as NAET, is a methodology for treating allergies of all kinds. The system uses a combination of energy balancing, testing and treatment from acupuncture, allopathy, chiropractic, nutritional, and kinesiological medicine.

One allergen is treated at a time. Sometimes one treatment is all that is needed for a particular allergen, and sometimes multiple treatments are needed to desensitize. Typically a person with mild to moderate allergies can expect 15-20 office visits to desensitize to 15-20 food and environmental allergens.

Herbal Medicine

Plants are potent medicines that have multiple advantageous effects on the body, unlike pharmaceuticals that have a single aim and many unintended side effects. Botanical medicines can address many problems simultaneously by transforming the internal milieu of the body. I use both Western and Chinese herbs in my practice, but mostly use Chinese herbal formulas. Chinese herbal medicine is ancient and an extremely complex and scientific system. Herbal medicine can be a powerful ally in treating even the most reticent of diseases.

Biotherapeutic Drainage

Biotherapeutic drainage is one of my favorite treatment modalities, because it can both treat your symptoms and fix the reason why you are having symptoms in the first place. Drainage is a German biological medicine that combines philosophies from Anthroposophy, Chinese medicine, and homeopathy. The remedies called Unda Numbers are homeopathic preparations of plants and minerals. These medicines can change your body’s physiology and re-pattern organ function from a state of toxicity and disease to one of health. At some point the body reaches a threshold in which it cannot continue to compensate for the toxicity and degradation of its organs. This is when symptoms appear. Your symptoms are a wake up call to detoxify your emunctory organs. The emunctories include the bowels, kidneys, lungs, liver, skin and your emotions. Unda Numbers can open up these emunctories, allowing the organs to naturally detoxify and consequentially come back to a functioning state. This re-patterning is gentle and deeply transformative.