Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine at San Diego Clinic of Integrative Medicine

Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine at San Diego Clinic of Integrative Medicine
Acupuncture is a 2000-year-old therapy that consists of inserting fine needles at specific points on the body. Originally the practice of acupuncture was developed in Asia as a means to balance the “yin and yang energies” of the body. Its theory and practice was introduced to the United Stated in 1971, with President Richard Nixon’s historic tour of China. Since then, medical practitioners in the U.S. have explored the therapeutic effects of acupuncture.

By November 1997, a blue-ribbon medical panel at a National Institute of Health (NIH) conference had issued a NIH Consensus statement on Acupuncture that: ” … promising results have emerged, for example, efficacy of acupuncture in adult post-operative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in post-operative dental pain. There are other situations such as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma for which acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative or be included in a comprehensive management program. Further research is likely to uncover additional areas where acupuncture interventions will be useful.”

These recommendations are in line with our own use of acupuncture to stimulate the body’s endorphin and hormone system to relieve pain and promote relaxation and healing in such applications as pain from muscle spasms, gastrointestinal complaints, and overcoming addictions.

Our acupuncture needles, like all needles used in the clinic, meet strict FDA quality and sterility standards as Class II medical devices available only to State qualified practitioners by prescription for single-use only.

Herbal medicine, providing the use of specific plant products for their effect on the body, is at least as old as the human race, and has even been observed among the lower primates. Herbs are the precursors for many of our modern medicinal drugs and despite being openly available to the general public, may have powerful effects, both good and bad, on the patient’s health. Additionally, without knowing the manufacturer’s processing practices, it is difficult to judge the purity and strength of the products on the shelf at retail stores. Our doctors are very familiar with the herbs used at the clinic, and with the manufacturers, and can recommend particular brands known for their efficacy. In some cases, our doctors can provide products from leading manufacturers formulated to our own specifications.