Dr. Ruther has 29 years of experience treating people with acupuncture, injection therapies, herbology, nutrition, myofascial therapy, structural integration, rehabilitation and exercise. Dr. Ruther develops highly individualized protocols for all patients.  David graduated from the International Institute of Chinese medicine in 1991.  David continued his advanced studies in Chinese Medicine with the Blue Poppy Institute.  He continued studying western pathologies with Dr. Datis Kharazzian, who is an appointed research fellow at Stanford Medical University.  David also completed a program with the American Institute of Myofascial Studies.  He also completed internships at several hospitals in China, one of which is the prestigious Quan Jie Hospital in Beijing, where the modern system of TCM was developed during the Peoples Revolution in the 1940’s.  David is experienced with treating all kinds of pain syndromes.  David develops individual protocols for all kinds of disorders. David is experienced with treating people with many kinds of illnesses related to pathologies in blood sugar, adrenal function, thyroid and endocrine function, lipid and cardio function, circulatory, blood cell disorders, digestive function, liver and gallbladder function, brain chemistry, neurology and immunology.  Dr. Ruther is experienced with all readings of blood chemistry biomarkers, x-rays, ct scans, and other imagery.

I enjoy working with people of all ages, and backgrounds. I have practicing Acupuncture since 1990.   I have studied many forms of acupuncture.  The most common of which is TCM ( traditional Chinese medicine, sometimes called Maoist medicine, which is actually a compilation of styles brought together in 1947 during the peoples revolution), and includes eight principles pattern discrimination, five phase pattern discrimination, viscera and bowel pattern discrimination, channel and network pattern discrimination, qi and blood pattern discrimination, fluids and humors pattern discrimination, six aspect patter discrimination, four aspect pattern discrimination, three burners pattern discrimination, disease causes i.e. western syndrome pattern discrimination, ) in the United States, and at hospitals in China.

I have also done a lot of studying in Classical Chinese Medicine, (which focuses on 4 older texts, Su Wen, Ling Shu, Wen Bing, and Shang Han Lun.) I use these with the more modern Taiwanese and Japanese styles, and applications. Those styles have adapted to modern peoples problems, nervous systems, and physiology, which really differs from the Chinese. China is still a very poor country and conditions there are really rough, and their acupuncture is rough too. Japanese acupuncture is much gentler, and works better with all modern people as so far as I have experienced. I have tried many different needling techniques from different styles and have found several that I employ regularly with amazing results. The retention of needles can vary from seconds, to 45 minutes or more. I evaluate how long to leave the needles in through pulse diagnosis, and an assessment of the patients overall clinical picture.

I bring simple mindfulness practices into the clinic to help with developing deep, relaxing healing states.

There are many other complimentary or alternative models to choose from.   I focus a lot on the Functional models, and excito-toxic models.  I supplement these views with an extensive background in herbal, acupuncture, nutritional medicine.

Functional endocrinology, for example, looks not only at how hormones are being managed by their respective tissues, and their output of hormone levels, but also at how other organ functions may be impacting those processes.  The liver, in terms of endocrinology, also relates to detoxification, breakdown, elimination of and management of hormones and hormone metabolites levels.  This impacts the feedback loops in the brain, mostly the pituitary, hippocampus, thalamus, hypothalamus, which regulate all the other endocrine organs, as well as impact other physiology as well.  The liver also manufactures albumin and other globulins important for transporting hormones.   All these factors will influence hormone function.   Other important components of functional endocrinology are cholesterol management, gastro intestinal function, glucose metabolism, essential fatty acid metabolism, adrenal, ovary, testes, pituitary, hypothalamus, thalamus, hippocampus, thyroid, pancreas.  Auto immune disease has now outpaced all other pathologies in the United States and auto immunity to some of the above tissues are very common now.

Functional medicine assesses the above picture of physiology as an integrative unit.   Supporting glucose metabolism can have a huge impact on liver function, as well as pituitary, hippocampus, thyroid, sex gland function and pretty much every metabolic process.  This interrelated picture does an excellent job of treating the underlying causes and concomitant causes of many disease processes.  This is, of course, a brief over view.  For more complete reviews, please see my articles on the research page of my website;  Nmhealingresources.com

The excito-toxic model assesses how the body is responding to the exposure to toxins we come into contact with on a daily basis.  It is of course a good idea to minimize your exposure, but sometimes, (most all the time?) it may be impossible to completely eliminate the exposure to certain compounds.  In this case, we need to be able to assess which organs or physiological processes are being impacted and how.  The excito-toxic model especially looks at how brain function and the whole neurological system is being impacted my toxins.  Some of these toxins are the result of internal physiology gone awry.   The brain is especially sensitive to immune mediated inflammation, cortisol and insulin mediated inflammation, gastro intestinal dysfunction and inflammation, and fatty acid metabolism.  Correctly identifying and treating these systems can have a huge impact on the nervous system, our entire physiology and of course, our well being.

I bring simple mindfulness practices into the clinic to help with developing deep, relaxing healing states. I have experimented with many approaches to these states over 25+ years.