About Acupuncture

“I help people heal and restore pain-free balance, vitality and health by helping them implement healthy habits and eliminate unnecessary medications, using 25  + years experience with acupuncture, Chinese medicinal herbs, and bodywork.”

Acupuncture is a modality of Oriental Medicine, a time-tested medical system thousands of years old for diagnosing and treating common health problems.

The super-thin needles used in acupuncture have no drugs on them. You may occasionally feel a light prick, and it’s very relaxing as they help your body restore balance. Patients often fall asleep during their treatment.

Acupuncture stimulates your body to better function and heal itself. It helps balance your autonomic nervous system by turning off your body’s ‘fight or flight’ mode and turning on its ‘rest, digest, and heal’ mode.

Local effects include increased circulation to promote healing. Systemic effects include the release of endorphins – naturally occurring pain-killing substances within your body that promote relaxation and healing.

Acupuncture also modulates your perception of pain by changing the pattern of nerve conduction, and can also modify your brain’s actual interpretation of pain signals. Chinese herbal medicine, another modality of Oriental medicine, is a highly refined system of natural medicine. It uses plant, animal, and mineral products to bring your physiology back into balance and complements the acupuncture you receive. I use only high-quality, rigorously tested Chinese herbal formulas that match your specific constitution and health condition.

Based on 25+ years of experience practicing and teaching acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, these are the six general categories of health conditions that I feel confident I can help you with:

Aches and Pains

These are what acupuncture is best known for treating. Western science hasn’t figured out how it all works, but they have found that the insertion of an acupuncture needle triggers a variety of responses within your body. These include:

  • Local stimulation to repair the tissue damage from the needle also benefits other injuries in the area,
  • Release of naturally occurring chemicals called endorphins that reduce pain and circulate throughout the body and help it get into healing mode, and
  • Changes in the perception of pain as modulated by nerves in the spinal cord and different parts of the brain.

Pain conditions treated include:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Neck pain, mid-back pain, and low back pain
  • Hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain, leg pain, and foot pain
  • Shoulder pain, elbow pain, wrist pain, arm pain, and hand pain;
  • Abdominal pain, and chest pain
  • Arthritis, tendonitis, strains & sprains, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, TMJ, sciatica, gall bladder stones, and kidney stones
  • Pain related to surgery, sports injuries, work injuries, and auto accidents.

Stress-Related Conditions

Acupuncture has an amazing affect on resetting the body’s autonomic nervous system, getting us out of ‘fight or flight’ mode and back into ‘rest, digest, and heal’ mode. It’s great for relaxing tension that causes pain and discomfort, and helping with insomnia, anxiety & nervousness, & mild to moderate depression.

Women’s Health Issues

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas are very helpful for many times of gynecological issues. I have successfully treated many women with menopause, PMS, cramps, and other menstrual and/or hormonal issues, including ovarian cysts, PCOS, and endometriosis.

Respiratory Problems

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas are very helpful for preventing and healing more quickly from colds and flus, coughs, bronchitis, and sinusitis, and also quite helpful with reducing the impact of allergies, asthma, and shortness of breath.

Digestive Issues

This is another area where acupuncture works incredibly well to regulate the digestive system and help it to heal. It helps with various types of abdominal pain, heartburn, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s, and gallstones.

Chronic Illness

I have treated a wide variety of chronic illness, including fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, MS, Lupus, and HIV. While not a cure for MS, Lupus, and HIV, acupuncture goes a long way towards treating various symptoms that may manifest and slowing down the progress of the disease. Acupuncture is very helpful for helping the body regulate its immune system.

If your condition is not listed or if you have questions, please email me at office@acupuncture-balance.com call (925) 297-4785 to discuss how acupuncture can help you.

Most likely you will find that acupuncture benefits you beyond the treatment of your symptoms. It also addresses the root cause of imbalance in your body, and acupuncture will positively affect you on an emotional and energetic level as well. After your treatment you may feel calmer, more focused and more energetic as your body resets itself and comes into balance. For more information, check out Common Questions about Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.

While acupuncture is a subtle and powerful form of medicine, generally speaking, one session of acupuncture is usually not enough to affect the change you’d like to see (although it does happen). I usually recommend a series of 3-6 sessions for a treatment plan, depending on your condition, after which you should be experiencing significant improvement.

Oriental Medicine evolved in Asia and has its roots in China, going back several thousand years. It is a system of medicine that views the body, its physiology, and its relationship to the environment with the goal of creating and maintaining balance. Oriental Medicine is used to understand and diagnose what is happening in the body.

As a practice, Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine spread throughout Eastern Asia, and now grows and thrives in the United States. As a long-time resident and practitioner in the San Francisco Bay Area, to which many of these streams of knowledge converge, I’ve learned the best this medicine has to offer and share this with my patients.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine helps treat most illnesses and prevents many others as well. Over one quarter of the world’s population currently uses Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine for their primary healthcare. As it interacts with Western science and forms partnerships and shared understanding, it becomes a key feature of what is known today as ‘Integrative Medicine’ or ‘Complementary Medicine’.

Because it is holistic in nature, Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine treat not only symptoms, but the root of problems, and compels your body’s natural healing capacity to better function and help you heal more quickly. It treats your whole mind and body with the goal of creating balance. In addition to reducing physical pain and discomfort, you’ll find that acupuncture increases relaxation, restoration and energy. As your body and mind come into balance, your life will do the same.

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