Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a comprehensive Eastern Medicine healthcare system developed over thousands of years, and is able to address many conditions safely and effectively.  It is a holistic system that addresses the whole person--body, mind, and spirit--and seeks to understand the unique balance within each individual, leading to greater overall health and wellness. Our practice offers services including; general health, women's health, pediatrics, stress and mental health support, and pain solutions. 

​TCM effectively manages a wide range of symptoms because it addresses underlying root imbalances which manifest as a variety of symptoms.  A TCM treatment may involve acupuncture and herbal medicine, as well as massage, energetic exercises, nutritional advice, western lab testing and lifestyle recommendations.


Eastern Medicine works best by scheduling regular appointments.  Typically new patients schedule weekly appointments as it significantly increases progress and patients find it enhances other aspects of their life.  As health conditions improve or resolve, and depending on the goals of the patient, appointments often continue weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.  Eastern Medicine is a personalized medicine that addresses your health as it changes.  

Services Offered

Acupuncture


Acupuncture is an Asian medical technique that developed over 3,000 years ago in China. Today it is used by millions of patients in the United States for treatment of a myriad of conditions, including pain, nausea, addiction, stroke rehabilitation, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, asthma, and cosmetic anti-aging. Regular treatments help boost the immune system, prevent infections, and maintain energy. Treatments can help manage the side effects of medications, as well as ease many health problems. 

​The acupuncturist uses hair-thin, sterile, disposable needles that are gently inserted at specific points along the body. The insertion of the needles stimulates the body's natural energy,  releasing blocks, enhancing the body's self-healing processes, and restoring balance. People find treatments to be deeply relaxing and restorative. 

Find more information about Acupuncture here.

We also offer Electroacupuncture and Cosmetic Acupuncture.



Herbal Medicine


Chinese herbology can be an essential part of treatment and is the perfect addition to your acupuncture sessions. The proper prescription can enhance and extend the effects, or even be used in place of an acupuncture session. Herbal formulas can treat and alleviate many conditions including those listed here. 

​We recommend and stock high quality, premium brands, that we trust to properly screen for safety and manufacture for efficacy. These products come in tinctures, granules, and small, easy to swallow pills. Looking for a more traditional herbal experience? If you are are interested in cooking raw herbs on at home, we offer a full raw herbal pharmacy at our Boulder Creek location.



Gua Sha

SArah Karsmarski L.Ac., MTCM

Eastern Medicine, Acupuncture & Herbs 

  831-428-3862    

Used in China for more than two thousand years, gua sha means to “scrape toxins”.  Gua Sha is a method of promoting blood circulation and removing toxic heat, blood, and lymph from the body, and involves scraping the skin with a flat tool to facilitate pain relief. Massage oils and herbs are often applied to the skin to open pores, increase deep cleansing, and improve circulation.  

​Gua sha is very effective in treating many conditions including migraines, fevers and colds, cough, and morning sickness.  It is also effective in promoting the healing of tendons and ligaments, and reducing pain associated with acute trauma chronic muscle tension, various sports injuries.  

Learn more about Gua Sha from our friend Mona here.



Cupping


Cupping is an ancient Chinese form of deep tissue massage. It is used to stimulate the flow of blood, lymph, and energy to the affected area. Cupping has been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins. 

During the session, small round cups are placed on the skin to create a vacuum between the skin and cup, drawing the muscle up slightly, and producing a temporary local congestion. When released the blood, energy, and lymph flow more vigorously throughout the area. Cups may be applied to more than one area within the same treatment session.
​ Although cupping can leave round marks that look like bruises, they usually clear within a week, and the procedure is not painful during or after therapy. Cupping is particularly helpful for those with stubborn muscle stiffness and chronic or acute lung or nasal congestion.

See a cupping from Lesli Dalaba here!



Moxa


Moxibustion involves safely heating acupuncture points with smoldering mugwort herb (known as moxa). Moxibustion stimulates circulation, counteracts cold and dampness in the body, and promotes the smooth flow of blood and qi. This safe, non-invasive technique may be used alone, but it is generally used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment. There are multiple techniques to administer moxa and often suggest at-home treatment to supplement what we can do in the clinic. 
​Read more about Moxibustion.



Diet and Nutrition


What you decide to eat and drink can be powerful medicine.  Everything we ingest affects our health by becoming the raw material for new cells which our body creates every second of every day of our lives!  Our choices of what foods and herbs to eat, drink or not include in our diet, determine the health of our new cells. 

Many diseases can be prevented, and healed through the use of whole foods diet, and herbs.  We encourage people on prescription medications to come in for a consult as often medications can result in dangerous side effects over time, and often there are many safer, less harmful ways to treat health challenges and even become free of our illness.

Chinese Medicine has been using food therapy for thousands of years.  Not only is it effective but it is less expensive and more effective long term than pharmaceuticals. Infact most of the prescription drugs are developed from the properties of plants. 
All patient appointments include dietary recommendations and the option of using herbal formulas as part of their treatment.   It is our experience that food and herb choices can greatly increase health as sometimes part of our illness is rooted in what is in or not in our diet. 



Pediatric Tuina


In addition to or instead of using acupuncture needles,  pediatric tuina massage, or Chinese infant massage, has been used for thousands of years in the East to keep kids healthy and treat illness.


Pediatric tuina can be used on newborns and works great on kids up to age five or six. It is used to treat chronic and acute health complaints, and also works preventively and as a general health booster.

Learn more here.