Chinese Medicine + Acupuncture


Traditional Chinese Medicine maintains that there are as many as 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body, which are connected by meridians. These meridians conduct energy, or qi between the surface of the body and its internal organs.

Qi is believed to regulate balance in the body. Acupuncture unblocks qi, thus allowing normal flow of energy to restore health to the mind and body.

Acupuncture is beneficial for common ailments such as:

Arthritis, acute and chronic neck, back and shoulder pain, fibromyalgia, sciatica, whiplash, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, menstrual disorders and menopausal symptoms, emotional and psychological disorders (such as depression and anxiety), chronic fatigue, hypertension, dizziness, migraines and headaches, allergies, respiratory disorders (colds, flu, bronchitis, sinusitis, asthma), gastrointestinal conditions (such as food allergies, constipation, indigestion, chronic diarrhea and gastritis), diabetes, endocrine disorders, autoimmune disorders, insomnia, etc.

Studies have shown that acupuncture can help in the rehabilitation of stroke patients and can relieve nausea in patients recovering from surgery or chemotherapy. Acupuncture increases the success rate of IVF fertilty treatments and helps ensure a healthy pregnancy and easy labor.

Chinese Acupuncture Chart

Acupuncture Cupping in Santa Barbara


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, digestive disorders, colds and flu, bronchitis, allergies, asthma, immune disorders, neurological disorders and many more.

Special silicone or glass cups, when placed on the skin create a strong pulling force due to their vacuum effect. The suction is said to draw out toxins and help relieve pain, by increasing blood flow and oxygen in the tissues. This can gently break up adhesions and reduce scar tissue.

Sliding cups after massaging aromatic oils into the muscles, creates a powerful reverse massage. Invigorating, freeing and energizing, which serves not only to loosen up tight muscles, but is also beneficial for the underlying organs and the immune system. Cupping works on many levels and patients report relief not only on a physical level but also psychologically and emotionally.


Suzanne N., Santa Barbara:

I’ve honestly NEVER felt such a powerful response to treatment–any treatment of any kind–that I just had to come home and Google awhile. I am sold, a billion times over, on that foot cupping. I totally felt it open up my meridians, and such a blissful sense of strong energy move slowly from my feet all the way up my body.

And, now that I’ve read more about cupping’s therapeutic effects on various things, I’m going to want cupping every time I see Claudia! (But always including my feet!)

Chinese Herbalist in Santa Barbara