Chinese medicine, or TCM, is a combination of techniques such
as acupuncture and massage
therapy, along with herbal medicine and dietary and life
In California, licensed acupuncturists are
primary care practitioners and many health insurances including
work comp carriers cover acupuncture treatments.
has always been one of the most holistically-minded communities
in California, offering a wide range of allopathic and alternative
health services including acupuncture.
has been widely recognized for its effectiveness. Most people
experience a profound feeling of relaxation and well-being
during and after an acupuncture treatment.
From a Western perspective acupuncture increases
blood flow to speed healing, balances hormones and increases
the body’s natural pain modulators (endorphins). Acupuncture
speeds natural healing, treats the root cause of the problem
not the symptoms and is free of side effects.
Conditions commonly treated with
General: Allergies, Asthma,
Sinusitis, Headaches, TMJ, Back Pain, Sciatica, Musculoskeletal
Anxiety, Dizziness, Depression, High Blood Pressure, Chronic
Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Addictions,
Indigestion, Constipation, Post-Operative Recovery, Stress
Management, menstrual and menopausal complaints.
Acupuncture is even more effective when combined
with massage therapy or cupping. 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, bronchitis, asthma and
Cupping is not only invigorating, freeing
and energizing, it is also beneficial for the underlying organs
and the immune system. Patients frequently report relief not
only on a physical level but also psychologically and emotionally.
To find an acupuncturist near you, check
out the NCCAOM
website or if you are one of the lucky people who live
in Santa Barbara, you can browse the Santa
Barbara Wellness Directory.
Ward, L.Ac, Dipl. C.H., CAS
a Licensed Acupuncturist
and Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist in Santa Barbara,
She specializes in nutrition based on the principles
of Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine and Western medical
research. Her treatments focus on Ayurvedic
women's health, and chronic
combines acupuncture, therapeutic massage, cupping,
essential oils, and herbal recommendations in her