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Santa Barbara Certified Clinical Thermographer & Acupuncturist

Santa Barbara Thermographer, Chinese Medicine & Acupuncturist - Mary Tingaud


Mary Tingaud, L.Ac., CCT

1725 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Phone: 805-898-1804


About Mary Tingaud

Mary Tingaud is a Healthcare Practitioner, and she loves her work: “Working with each and every one of my patients is an honor that I cherish. As an acupuncturist, I have experienced great reward through the continuous discovery of new and ancient research. I will never be bored. I appreciate the challenge and feel grateful to have chosen a profession I love.”

Well educated in Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, and Digital Infrared Thermology Imaging, Mary offers you a treasure chest of options that will enhance ongoing health for you and your family. Mary Tingaud’s practice is located in downtown Santa Barbara, California.

What is Digital Infrared Thermography Imaging, and how can it benefit me?

Simply put, Digital Infrared Thermography is a 15 minute painless and non invasive test of physiology. It is a valuable method available for visualizing pain and physiology. A special camera is used to provide instant thermal images or “thermograms” of the whole body or just areas being investigated. The digitized images are stored on a computer and sent electronically to a Medical Thermologist for interpretation and analysis.

This valuable procedure offers earlier detection of Breast Disease as an adjunct to self examination, doctor examination, and mammography alone. Digital Infrared Thermography detects the subtle physiologic changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection or a vascular disease. With this, your doctor can plan accordingly and lay out a careful program to further diagnose or monitor you during and after treatment.

Santa Barbara Digital Infrared Thermography ImagingAs an example, if you had a penny inserted into your breast, your body would react by sending white blood cells and histamine, causing an inflammatory reaction. A mammogram would JUST just see the penny; a thermogram would see the temperature of the penny and the reaction to the penny... not the penny. When cancer cells start to grow, these cells recruit a blood supply to feed them. This is called angiogenesis. Angiogenesis in breast tissue is thought to be a sign that breast cancer may follow. Thermography picks up a thermal pattern from that blood supply, often before a mammogram can detect the cells.

In addition to its benefits in early detection of Breast Disease, this clinical imaging procedure detects and monitors a number of diseases and physical injuries, by showing the thermal abnormalities present in the body, including:

  • Back injuries
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Headache
  • Disc Disease
  • Nerve damage
  • Inflammatory Pain
  • Unexplained Pain
  • Skin Cancer
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Referred Pain Syndrome
  • RSD (CRPS) Sprain/Strain
  • Dental and TMJ Whiplash
  • Artery Inflammation
  • Stroke Screening
  • Vascular Disease

What is Acupuncture, and how can it benefit me?

Acupuncture is based on an ancient Chinese system of medicine, originating over 6,000 years ago. It is a therapeutic technique that uses fine needles that are inserted into the skin along pathways called meridians. The 12 meridians in the human body, though not visible to the eye, carry a life force called Qi (pronounced chee). This vital energy source of Qi, when functioning optimally, nourishes us and helps us maintain good health.

However, when the energy or Qi flow is blocked or deficient, our bodies are out of balance. This can poorly affect our energy, our appetite, even our health in general. When the Acupuncture needles are inserted into specific places where energy flow is obstructed, our body responds by adjusting the imbalance, creating a happier, healthier, and calmer you.

Balancing the body’s energy flow is central to stimulating the natural healing process from within. Acupuncture triggers homeostasis or as Mary likes to say, “switches on our Autopilot”.

There are countless ways Acupuncture can help you maintain your health. Acupuncture can:

  • Relieve pain
  • Enhance healing
  • Reduce stress
  • Improve digestion
  • Increase immune function
  • Move blocked energy
  • Balance the endocrine system
  • Produce a peaceful state of relaxation

Modern research confirms the effectiveness of traditional Chinese Medicine. As a result, acupuncture is now recognized by most insurance companies. It has become customary to have acupuncture benefits be an important part of the compensation package for employers, when choosing a health insurance provider.

What is Chinese Medicine, and how can it benefit me?

Chinese Medicine originated over 6 thousand years ago. It is the herbal component of traditional Chinese medical practices.

Individual herbs are combined and prescribed in complex formulations to minister to each individual’s personal needs. These special herbs are an important element that an Acupuncturist uses as a tool for healing.

Specific herbs treat the various organs such as the heart, liver, kidney, lung or spleen as well as other parts of the body. For example, if you have an injury, Chinese herbs that increase circulation and reduce inflammation are used. Also, if you are fatigued or stressed, there are herbs to strengthen your Qi (pronounced “Chee”) that will increase the energy flow in your body.

Mary provides for her clients a comprehensive selection of concentrated herbal extracts using modern scientific processing methods and rigorous quality control.


Mary Tingaud is a qualified and powerful Acupuncturist. She continually amazes me with her extensive knowledge, her caring and relaxing treatments and the many different techniques she uses to encourage healing. She is also a highly skilled herbalist. Her herbal remedies are effective and gentle. So many times she was able to help heal me when others could not.
- Michelle K. Gysan

Mary Tingaud treats my body and my soul. I have a great experience whenever I see her.
- Barrie Bergman

I recommend Mary Tingaud to anyone who wants to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Whether it’s a cold coming on or a pulled muscle, she’s always there for me.
- Chuck Kaye

Mary Tingaud is a delight to work with. Her energy and enthusiasm are contagious. Mary’s expertise in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine provide me with the tools I need to enjoy a healthy life.
- Rebecca Kaye

I had a body that needed surgery, a weakened immune system, and a belief in very traditional medicine. Enter Mary Tingaud. She did not have an easy task of restoring me to hemostasis in preparation for a massive surgical undertaking. I am now post-op, and thanks to Mary, enjoying being pain free.
- Laura R.

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