Our acupuncture clinic serving Orange County, California, uses a variety of techniques to restore wellness and promote healing.
Acupuncture is one of the most powerful treatment options for working on the mind, body, and/or spirit. This form of healing is intended to return the patient to a positive state of physical and mental health.
Acupuncture was developed over 3,000 years ago and is a multi-faceted approach designed for living a longer, happier, and healthier life. Its guiding principle is to promote balance and harmony by using a holistic approach. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), good health depends on our life force called ‘Qi’ (pronounced CHEE). When we have abundant Qi, we have energy and are less likely to get an illness; when our Qi becomes depleted, we are more likely to feel sick. When our Qi becomes blocked, pain and disease develop. Acupuncture needles are used to access the body’s energy. The needles can remove blockages in the body, reducing pain, increasing energy, and assisting in healing disease.
Active Release Technique (ART®)
Active Release Technique (ART®) is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. When muscles are overused, adhesions build up and create pain, stiffness, numbness, and weakness. Through ART® these adhesions can be broken up and natural movement can be restored. Headaches, neck pain, back pain, shoulder problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be healed with ART®. Less than 1% of health care providers have undergone the rigorous training to become an ART® provider. Lori was the first acupuncturist in Orange County to be full body certified in ART®.
Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Acupuncture
Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Acupuncture acupuncture is becoming increasingly popular because of its effectiveness in treating injuries. This type of acupuncture is helpful for treating an injury, preventing a future injury, and achieving a higher level of performance. No matter which sport you’re into, sports acupuncture can help. This treatment focuses on the needling of motor points to increase range of motion, improve muscle strength, and accelerate healing. Motor points are defined as the most electrically excitable area of the muscle and represent the greatest concentration of nerve endings. The needle releases muscle shortening quickly and effectively.
Five Element Acupuncture
For thousands of years, the Chinese have recognized that the Five Elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water exist in everything, everyone, and are essential for life. Five-Element Acupuncture asserts that every human being is born with, or develops early in life, an imbalance in the natural functioning of these Five Elements. This imbalance becomes the underlying cause of illness. Five-Element Acupuncture is set apart from other systems of acupuncture by its core premise of diagnosing and treating a patient’s fundamental Constitutional/Causative Factor: the element among the five that is the source of imbalance. This principle of traditional acupuncture is important, because it means the underlying cause of the disease is being dealt with rather than the symptom merely being swept under the carpet, only to reappear in the future. Five Element acupuncture restores our balance and returns us to the health and well-being of our natural state.
Balance Method Acupuncture
Balance Method Acupuncture is an advanced system of acupuncture developed by Dr. Richard Tan. This method of acupuncture uses powerful ‘distal’ points on the arms and legs to treat all aspects of the body. Balance Method Acupuncture is unique in its ability to obtain instantaneous results for pain. After insertion of the needles, most patients can immediately feel a decrease in pain level and improved range of motion.
Diet & Nutrition
Diet and nutrition is a modality of Chinese Medicine that promotes healing and treating disease through the use of natural foods rather than medication. Nutrition is based on the principle that optimal health can be achieved when the body is in balance. We encourage all of our patients to choose an organic, whole foods diet that has minimal amounts of sugars, white flour, synthetic additives, or ingredients that are difficult to pronounce. This type of diet is universally beneficial to all people. The goal of nutrition is to find a balanced and authentic way to eat for the long term. Diets that feel unnatural, forced, or uncomfortable, usually do not become a viable long-term solution. Appropriate food choices have a tremendous impact on health.
In this day and age, our relationship with food has much to do with how well we are managing stress, expressing our emotions, and maintaining awareness of our beliefs. We easily turn to food for immediate gratification and comfort, which so often points to a deeper imbalance that is taking place in the mind. Our goal is to help you address this deeper level so you can make lasting changes that come naturally.
Herbs & Supplements
In addition to standard diet and nutrition, it is important to supplement the body with essential vitamins, minerals, and herbs. Herbs and supplementation are a wonderful complement to acupuncture treatment. Like acupuncture, herbs and supplements stimulate the body’s healing process through a deep rebalancing of the system. Acupuncture works on the energetic level by harmonizing the flow of Qi through the main energetic pathways of the body. Herbs and supplements work more on a molecular level to correct internal imbalances. The healing effects of herbs and acupuncture form a powerful combination that can address many conditions.
Herbs and supplements work synergistically with acupuncture treatments, to further maintain and support the body’s innate healing capacity. Chinese medicine has been shown to successfully treat conditions including menopausal symptoms, digestive disorders, anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic pain management, common cold, flu, PMS, and much more. Herbs and supplements can be used alone or in combination with your acupuncture treatment.
Eastern Therapeutic Massage Therapy
Eastern therapeutic massage therapy is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance function and promote relaxation. Eastern massage may be used in conjunction with acupuncture for a variety of musculoskeletal and organ related issues. Therapeutic massage increases the flow of Qi throughout the meridians. The massage is applied along the meridians, which releases blocked energy and assists the body in healing.
Benefits of Eastern massage include:
- Stress reduction
- Increase in circulation
- Lowers blood pressure
- Releases endorphins
- Manages pain
- Relaxes muscles
- Improves flexibility and range of motion
- Improves rehabilitation after injury
Heat therapy is often used during a treatment to help warm the body, increase circulation, and induce a state of deep relaxation by using a far-infrared heating device known as a TDP lamp. The TDP lamp is a medical device approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The light emissions penetrate deeply into the body to accelerate healing. The TDP Lamp has been shown to increase flexibility, improve range of motion, decrease pain, decrease inflammation, smooth digestive function, eliminate water and toxic substances, and strengthen the immune system.