Acupuncture as practiced in the state of California involves the insertion of needles into the body at various points to elicit a therapeutic effect. The stimulation of these points is used to ultimately achieve balance of the internal system. Acupuncture is a health care service that is based on the pre-scientific Chinese system of medical theory. Diagnosis and treatment based on this theory are used to promote health and treat organic or functional disorders. It is a holistic approach, thereby treating the entire person and not singular symptoms.
All the needles used in our office are sterile, single-use needles made of surgical stainless steel and are immediately and safely discarded after use, according to legal standards. They are never re-used.
Chinese Medical Nutrition
You are what you eat! Chinese Medical Nutrition is a systemized look at whole foods and the way they interact with our internal organ systems. The goal is to increase the vitality of our organ systems and heal the body through foods.
A consultation is necessary to discuss current nutritional habits and ascertain what needs to be changed and why. Each patient is walked through steps to improving the choices they make about food every day.
A prescription of Chinese Herbs generally consist of a combination of several herbs into a customized formula according to the patient's signs, symptoms, and overall constitution. The herbs used compliment each other for the best therapeutic effect. Because it is a custom herbal formula, it allows the practitioner to alter the ingredients and dosages. In this way, the practitioner is able to focus on the signs and symptoms specific to the patient and address them holistically.
The herbs that are recommended are traditionally considered safe in the practice of Chinese medicine within their prescribed dosages and methods of administration. Herbal formulas should only be prescribed by a trained practitioner.
Tui Na is a method of massage and physical manipulation to utilize the points and channels of Chinese medical theory to treat the body. It can be used as an adjunctive therapy to acupuncture or as a treatment modality of its own.