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Coast Magazine Readers’ Choice Women in Health Care: Ruth McCarthy, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Coast Magazine Readers’ Choice Women in Health Care: Ruth McCarty, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Orange. (Photography by Pedro Oliveira)
PUBLISHED: June 3, 2019 at 12:58 pm | UPDATED: June 3, 2019 at 12:58 pm

Ruth McCarty has spent the last 18 years working with physicians at CHOC Children’s Hospital to bring together the best of conventional medicine and traditional Chinese medicine.

McCarty, clinical director of the Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) program at CHOC, has become a leader in this field in Orange County not only by treating patients, but measuring that success.

She’s collaborated on academic studies validating TCM therapies – including acupuncture, herbal therapy and massage – which benefit both pediatric and adult patients with diverse complaints including pain, anxiety, nausea and feeding problems.

“Many patients want more comprehensive care,” she says. “They are dissatisfied with disease-focused therapies and appreciate the TCM approach of treating the holistic perspective of the inseparable mind-body-spirit. We’ve developed a really great integrative model for adding this additional layer of care at CHOC.”

Traditional Chinese medicine is now part of the standard of care for many ailments. McCarty gives credit to her husband, CHOC neurosurgeon Dr. William Loudon, for his role in making that happen. Together they created the integrative medicine program at the hospital. “He was the drive behind creating it,” she says. McCarty treats inpatients at CHOC in Orange and in Mission Viejo and continues their care as they transition to her outpatient Open Mind Modalities clinics in Aliso Viejo and Orange.

While searching for effective treatment to recover from a debilitating neck injury, McCarty began her journey, which ultimately led her to TCM.

“I was a San Diego beach lifeguard and a first responder,” she says. “My whole identity was based on my physical abilities to do my job. Suddenly, my neck injury changed my life forever. I couldn’t do anything. Conventional treatments were unable to help me, and so I sought out alternative forms of treatment. Traditional Chinese medicine saved me. It made such an impression on me that I went back to grad school,” receiving both masters and doctoral degrees from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.

https://www.ocregister.com/2019/06/03/coast-magazine-readers-choice-women-in-health-care-ruth-mccarthy-acupuncture-and-traditional-chinese-medicine/

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