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Acupuncture

Do you want to...
Reduce Pain
Relieve Stress
Strengthen Immune System
Manage Mood (anxiety, depression)
Encourage Healthy Skin (acne, anti-aging)
Optimize Athletic performance, mobility & recovery

Reduce and manage pain naturally!
Stimulate the body's natural healing ability by increasing circulation of blood, body fluids, and energy (Qi):
Reduce pain, swelling and inflammation;
Promote tissue repair;
Relax muscle strains;
Increase flexibility and mobility; and
Balance the nervous system to treat the causes of chronic pain, which may be physical, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual.

Relieve stress! 
I like to joke that "half the treatment is just getting on the table to relax," but it's true that many of us simply don't take enough time to proactively manage stress. Effectively managing stress provides many health benefits, including less systemic inflammation, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, improvements in length and quality of sleep, increased immunity, and improvement in your overall health.

Strengthen your body's innate defenses!
The Eastern view of the human body relies on organ and energy systems working in harmony, which is similar to the Western model of homeostasis. Acupuncture acts on influential points throughout your body to promote equilibrium, encourage harmony/homeostasis, and maintain health. Activating these key points to promote immunity is due to the energetic affect on the both the body's production and action of neurotransmitters.
 

Cupping

Cupping is a very effective therapy that releases local stagnation of the symptomatic area and increases micro-circulation in the tissues. Cupping stimulates blood flow, promotes lymphatic movement, encourages myofasical release, and speeds tissue repair. Results from cupping treatments include reduced pain and stiffness, such as neck pain, shoulder pain, muscle sprains, ligament and tendon injury, and relief from the common cold, coughs, sore throat, flu, fever, headaches, digestive disorders, gynecological complaints, etc.

Nutrition Therapy

Proper nutrition is of paramount importance to cultivate, retain, and advance your health. Nutrition therapy can help to you to develop, manage, and exceed your personal fitness goals. In additional to enhancing your athletic performance, nutrition therapy is suited to a wide range of conditions, such as allergies and asthma, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, and obesity. The premise of Chinese nutrition therapy is to eat in accordance with your body's constitution and make seasonal adjustments to create harmony within your personal digestion, which leads to increased energy and proper metabolic processing.

Summer Nutrition
As we move through spring and into the warmer summer months, it is just as important to stay hydrated as it is to be properly nourished by your food choices. I love to incorporate juicy fruits and lightly cooked vegetables, large salads and smoothies into my diet during the summer. Here in the Santa Cruz and Aptos area, we are so fortunate to have so many wonderful farmers markets to choose from when selecting our fresh produce. One of my favorite smoothie recipes: scoop protein powder (I use Arbonne vanilla), pineapple/berries/apple, one handful green veggie (kale, broccoli, arugula, whatever you like!), dash powdered cinnamon and/or powdered ginger (adding a warming spice helps protect the stomach and intestines when consuming cold raw foods), and to add desired consistency water, kefir, almond milk, soy milk, regular milk, etc.