Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, has been used for over 2,500 years, and has been gradually integrating into our western health care system.  TCM is effective is because it treats the root of the problem, which in turn alleviates the symptoms one is experiencing.

Many people have heard of acupuncture “points” and “meridians”, but haven’t had a clear explanation of how they function in the body.  There are several meridians in your body, which you can think of as a network of pathways for qi, or energy, and nutrition to flow through to nourish cells, tissues, glands, and organs.  They traverse the whole body, which allows us to use acupuncture points to treat corresponding areas of the body.  Acupuncture is the insertion of extremely thin needles into specific points to stimulate the movement of qi, or energy, in the meridians.  This promotes the body’s self healing mechanisms.

What we do…

Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, has been used for over 2,500 years, and has been gradually integrating into our western health care system.  TCM is effective is because it treats the root of the problem, which in turn alleviates the symptoms one is experiencing.

Many people have heard of acupuncture “points” and “meridians”, but haven’t had a clear explanation of how they function in the body.  There are several meridians in your body, which you can think of as a network of pathways for qi, or energy, and nutrition to flow through to nourish cells, tissues, glands, and organs.  They traverse the whole body, which allows us to use acupuncture points to treat corresponding areas of the body. Acupuncture is the insertion of extremely thin needles into specific points to stimulate the movement of qi, or energy, in the meridians.  This promotes the body’s self healing mechanisms.

Qualities unique to TCM:

  • Treatment modalities are natural and non-invasive, and promote the healing processes of the body.
  • There are many diagnoses per disease, so each individual’s diagnosis and treatment is unique.  For example, a headache is not just a headache.  There are several possible TCM diagnoses for headache, depending on the cause.
  • Contrary to western belief, there is no mind-body duality.  Each organ is associated with an emotion, therefore, through treating the body, we can also treat the mind.

The initial treatment is 90 minutes, during which I will obtain a full health history and history of your present ailment, palpate your radial pulse, on the inside of your wrist, and look at your tongue. The tongue and pulse are two of the main diagnostic tools used in Chinese medicine.  They reflect the condition of the organs, qi, and blood.  Once I have gathered the information I need to properly diagnose according to Chinese medicine, I will treat you accordingly with acupuncture, and may prescribe an herbal formula.

  • Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into points on the body to move qi in the meridians, and promote the body’s self healing mechanisms.
  • Needles are single use, sterile, disposable, and very thin.
  • Does it hurt?  The sensation people feel varies.  Most people feel no pain at all, but some feel a slight prick on insertion, which quickly subsides.
  • What does it feel like once the needles are in?: The sensation varies from tingling to a dull ache.  These are good signs that qi, or energy, is moving in your meridians.

lauren-sapatelliLauren Saputelli, MSTCM, L.Ac.

Lauren Saputelli, MSTCM, L.Ac. is a California state licensed acupuncturist, certified in integrative sports medicine. She received a B.A. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the highly regarded Five Branches University.

The masters program at Five Branches is a rigorous one of over 3200 hours, including studies in Chinese Medicine Theory, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Formulas, Western Medicine, and Clinical Training. Lauren completed clinical internships in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Sports Injury, Mental Health, and Facial Rejuvenation. Since obtaining her license, she has done continuing education in CranioSacral Therapy, Women’s Health, Prenatal Care, and Endocrinology.

In her youth, Lauren was a ballet dancer for 8 years, an equestrian rider, and a competitive equestrian vaulter (gymnastics on horseback) for 11 years. Her innate love of athleticism and years of intense physical training were an inspiration to not only care for the body in time of injury, but also preventatively.

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