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Santa Barbara Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine & Nutrition




Santa Barbara Oriental Medicine & AcupunctureThroughout the years, I have witnessed again and again that acupuncture, although potent in itself, is much more effective when combined with other healing modalities. The synergy of acupuncture and healing methods such as cupping, active release techniques, deep tissue massage, nutritional counseling and the use of herbs can bring about a truly profound healing experience. In-depth Ayurvedic nutrition and lifestyle consultations and seasonal Pancha Karma cleanses are designed to promote radiant health, well-being and equilibrium at all levels - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.




ABOUT                  :
Licensed Acupuncturist, Diplomate of Acupuncture, Diplomate of Chinese Herbology and Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist. Specializing in chronic pain management, she combines Acupuncture, Myofascial Release Therapy, and Cupping in her treatments. Other areas of expertise include Women’s Health (healthy pregnancy, balancing of hormones in pre-and post-menopausal women) and the management of autoimmune diseases. She is an expert in Chinese and Ayurvedic Herbology and Nutrition and combines it with the latest Western Nutritional Research.


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Santa Barbara AcupunctureCombines acupuncture with cupping and myofascial release therapy in 1 hour or 1.5 hour long luxurious, nurturing sessions.

Traditional Chinese Medicine maintains that there are as many as 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body, which are connected by meridians. These meridians conduct energy, or qi between the surface of the body and its internal organs.

Qi is believed to regulate balance in the body. Acupuncture unblocks qi, thus allowing normal flow of energy to restore health to the mind and body.

Acupuncture is beneficial for common ailments such as:

Arthritis, acute and chronic neck, back and shoulder pain, fibromyalgia, sciatica, whiplash, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, menstrual disorders and menopausal symptoms, emotional and psychological disorders (such as depression and anxiety), chronic fatigue, hypertension, dizziness, migraines and headaches, allergies, respiratory disorders (colds, flu, bronchitis, sinusitis, asthma), gastrointestinal conditions (such as food allergies, constipation, indigestion, chronic diarrhea and gastritis), diabetes, endocrine disorders, autoimmune disorders, insomnia, etc.

Studies have shown that acupuncture can help in the rehabilitation of stroke patients and can relieve nausea in patients recovering from surgery or chemotherapy.

Cupping is an ancient method of healing that has proven to be especially effective for treating acute and chronic back pain, sciatica, shoulder pain, sprains and swellings, digestive disorders, colds and flu, bronchitis, allergies, asthma, immune disorders, neurological disorders and many more.

Special glass jars, when placed on the skin create a strong pulling force due to their vacuum effect. The suction is said to draw out toxins and help relieve pain, by increasing blood flow and oxygen in the tissues.

Sliding cups after massaging aromatic oils into the muscles, creates a powerful reverse massage. Invigorating, freeing and energizing, which serves not only to loosen up tight muscles, but is also beneficial for the underlying organs and the immune system. Cupping works on many levels and patients report relief not only on a physical level but also psychologically and emotionally.

Certified by the International Cupping Association and uses cupping in combination with acupuncture and myofascial release work. She is an expert in traditional cupping techniques including cupping  for neck, back and joint pain, facial cupping (for rejuvenation, or to treat stroke and Bells Palsy), abdominal cupping, cellulite treatments, and cupping for sport injuries (for example: shoulder, hamstrings, quadriceps, elbows).

Benefits of Cupping to the Recipient:

  • Deep tissue work and release without discomfort
  • Moves stagnation and drains fluids
  • Relieves Inflammation
  • Nervous System Sedation
  • Breaks Up and Expels Congestion
  • Stretches Muscle and Connective Tissues
  • Loosens Adhesions
  • Pulls blood supply to the Skin
  • Facilitates the movement of Qi and Blood systemically and locally
  • Dispels wind, damp and cold to treat muscle and joint pain, stiffness, and arthritis
  • Strengthens the immune system by promoting the flow of lymphatic fluid
  • Treats excess heat conditions, fever, stress, depression and anxiety
  • Cleans the blood and lymph and helps to balance PH levels

I have been using myofascial release therapy in combination with acupuncture and cupping toSanta Barbara Massage create a strong feeling of well being, rejuvenation, deep relaxation and increased energy. The repeated postural and traumatic insults of a lifetime, combined with the tensions of emotional and psychological origin, will often present a confusing pattern of tense, contracted, bunched and fatigued fibrous tissue.

More often than not, a combination of mental and physical stress will so alter neuro-muscular-skeletal structures as to create an identifiable physical change, which will itself be a generator of further stress, such as pain, joint restriction, general discomfort and fatigue. Many years of experience have taught me to intuitively coordinate the appropriate techniques for releasing tension and pain.

Certified in clinical hypnotherapy and offers hypnotherapy sessions in combination with acupuncture for weight loss, tobacco, drug, alcohol, and food addictions, chronic pain, depression, anxiety and stress disorders. Hypnotherapy addresses the unconscious mind and helps with reprogramming bad habits and old beliefs that no longer serve the individual. Hypnotherapy is short-term, solution-oriented therapy that will bring great benefits to your life - more energy, better health, lasting peace of mind, success, and happiness.

Based on the traditional principles of Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. This is further enhanced by the latest Western nutritional research and blood work analysis.

A balanced diet enhanced by Chinese or Ayurvedic herbs or supplements, regular detoxification cleanses (Pancha Karma) and life style changes will create an environment for the body to heal, detoxify and regenerate.

Specializes in blood chemistry analysis and how to achieve changes in abnormal levels with diet and supplements. If you have not had blood work done by your physician within the past three months, arrangements can be made to have the tests performed at a local lab.

Note:Suggested tests include chemistry panel, complete blood count, thyroid panel and urinalysis. Adrenal Stress, Candida and Parasite tests are also available.


- Healthy Mother - Blissful Baby!

Read the article "Oh Baby! Prenatal and Postpartum the Ayurvedic Way" - by Gina Tolleson, Santa Barbara News-Press, July 31, 2006

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