Utilizing the system of ancient Chinese medicine to bring wellness, love, and light to your being
LUMINATE MILL VALLEY
ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC IN MILL VALLEY
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
LUMINATE MILL VALLEY Acupuncture Clinic is the culmination encompassing the work of Chris Veiga, L.Ac. As an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, he has been serving the local Mill Valley community and greater Marin County for the last twenty years.
Chris’s passion for Chinese medicine is unsurpassed: Just as Kidney Yang chi stokes the vitality of life, the fire and vigor Chris brings to his patients is positively reflected in the restoration of their life force. Through his own personal spiritual development and a deep dive into the energetics of Traditional Chinese medicine, his practice is best described as half Chinese medical science and half healing art. This innovative hybrid Eastern medicinal art approach is best illustrated by his unique personal makeup; being biracial, bilingual, and bicultural.
Acupuncture is highly effective for musculo-skeletal pain relief, both acute and chronic pain conditions. For acute pain caused by athletic injuries such as ankle/knee sprain, neck ache and back pain, runner’s chronic condition such as plantar fasciitis, tennis and golfer’s elbow; acupuncture can give immediate pain relief as well as expediting the recovery process.
For hormonal imbalance such as menopause leading to night sweat, insomnia, anxiety, and depression; acupuncture combined with Chinese herbal prescription can help modulate hormonal production to restore balance.
AUTO-IMMUNE / CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY CONDITION
For auto-immune conditions, acupuncture and Chinese herbal remedy has the ability to reduce the inflammatory response by mediating the production of cytokines in the body. By promoting the smooth flow of chi and blood in the body via acupuncture, this benefits the circulatory system which helps to lower inflammation. Chinese herbs known to fight inflammation include andrographis, scutellaria, and dandelion.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs is often used for chronic inflammatory bowel disease such as Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease, as well as more nuanced gastro-intestinal disorder like Irritable Bowel Syndrome. By consolidating the center of the body through the use of acupuncture focusing on the spleen and stomach organ and meridian, this reduces inflammation in the Small Intestines as well as Large Intestines, restoring gut health to allow the gastro-intestinal tract to function optimally.
Following the energetic pathways of the body, the usage of single-use threadlike needle promotes circulation of chi and brings blood flow to the local area. This modality has been used for thousands of years in China to address both acute and chronic illnesses, as well as maintenance of good health.
A herbal blend is specifically scripted to help that patient for his/her particular condition. Traditional Chinese Medicine, being a holistic medicine, believes that each individual possesses a particular constitution and hence must be treated individually, to have a customized herbal prescription put together by a skilled practitioner. Because each person is unique and must be treated accordingly, there is no one-size-fits-all in Chinese Medicine.
A suction cup made from a glass jar is used to create a vacuum on any flat surface on the body. This promotes the circulation of chi and blood, improving blood flow to bring pain relief to anyone suffering from a pain condition. This technique was made famous by Olympic champion Michael Phelps utilizing cupping in order to expedite recovery time.
TUI NA/CHINESE MASSAGE:
Tui Na/Chinese massage: gentle manipulation of the body to alleviate pain for sprained joints and strained muscle. This is particularly effective for any misalignment of the vertebrae, as well as lumbar pain and neck subluxation.
Using the heat emitted from the herb Mugwort for pain relief as well as strengthening chi and blood to address deficiency conditions and maintain health through preventive medicine.
Using the edge of any smooth surface like a piece of jade to address any musculo-skeletal injury related to the connective tissue/fascia of the body. This technique is now a commonly accepted practice used by Physical Therapist.