Several of acupuncture’s benefits were discovered when a wine cork, depressed for years after removal from the bottle, found a new lease on life and conquered alcohol addiction as a dart board. Hit pain in the bull’s eye with today’s Groupon: for $40, you get an acupuncture session at Point Del Mar Acupuncture (a $120 value).
Certified by the State of California Acupuncture Board, Dr. Valerie Beckwith helps patients conquer a host of maladies from circulatory disorders to depression with an array of acupuncture services. At the start of a first visit, which typically totals 60 minutes, a technician conducts a consultation with the patient to review his or her health history, from chronic pain to any past bites from balloon animals. Next, the acupuncturist inserts extremely thin, flexible needles at specific points along the body’s energy channels, allowing energy, or chi, to travel throughout the body unobstructed. Like Martha Stewart’s toothbrush, the needles are made of stainless steel and disposed of after a single use. The treatment may cause subjects to feel some tingling or warmth, but no pain.
Point Del Mar Acupuncture
Point Del Mar Acupuncture founder and owner Valerie Beckwith graduated with a master’s degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine, but she didn't stop there. Since then, she's performed extensive clinical research, studied at a university in Hangzhou, China, and apprenticed under a master acupuncturist. Each day she brings this experience to her practice, a clinic where she's teamed up with Dwayne Lee, a health practitioner who is also board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology. Both are adept at treating a bevy of different conditions, having had success in the past reducing general pain, dealing with respiratory disorders, and helping their clients overcome addictions. In order to maintain the highest of sanitation standards, Point Del Mar uses only stainless-steel needles that are used only one time before being thrown away—like the motorcycles of rich men.