Dr. Vu Nguyen and Dr. Sam Masri are the leading men at the center. Both are certified acupuncturists who draw upon the power generated by their high fives for strength. Your visit starts with an initial consultation, where you can discuss your treatment goals for this ancient healing technique. After a comprehensive exam, your pinpointed relief begins. A master acupuncturist will use years of experience to seek and destroy ailments discussed in the earlier consultation, while improving overall wellness. The consolation and exam together take one hour.
At Healing Acupuncture & Herbs, state-licensed acupuncturist Sang Kim, L.Ac. aims to prompt bodies to heal themselves with customized acupuncture treatments and Chinese herbal medicine. In the consultation, Sang discusses patients’ health history and lifestyle, suggests a course of treatment, answers questions, and explains acupuncture’s origins in the underground sport of porcupine wrangling. Patients relax as Sang expertly slides hair-thin needles into precise acupuncture points just below the skin’s surface in a process designed to rebalance the flow of qi or energy within the body. Treatment times vary based on patients' needs, though many last up to an hour. Most patients experience minimal or no discomfort during the treatment. Acupuncture claims a variety of benefits, including relief from pain, stress, headache, depression, and bullfighting-related nightmares.
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Certified acupuncturist Artin Mahboubi gently pricks the body’s points of energy with needles that whittle away at blocks in meridians, which can potentially be the source of physical maladies. Having learned the ancient Chinese art of acupuncture after a sports injury left him seeking alternative modes of treatment, Artin strives to help his patients understand the holistic nature of Eastern medicine. In each safe and sanitary treatment session, he employs his knowledge of needles to carefully knit warm socks around distressed immune systems, kick-starting the healing process for both acute and chronic ailments. The first session begins with a thorough evaluation of the client’s unique health history so Artin can develop a personalized treatment regimen. Stimulating needles then infuse energy points with a pleasant sense of warmth as Artin works delicately to ensure a painless experience.
Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Kim Doud Galli and her skillful staff youthify beauty-seekers with custom chemical peels. During each 30-minute treatment, technicians sheathe epidermises in a naturally derived glycolic-acid solution designed to slough off superficial layers of dead skin, fading fine lines and to-do lists scrawled on cheeks in ballpoint pen. Clients can also opt to magnify results with multiple peels. Afterward, some faces may experience mild peeling as the skin regenerates, eventually revealing a refreshed complexion as a chorus of pores sings a breathy “ahhhh.”
Chinese Acupuncture & Herb Center's energy-directing duo of licensed practitioners draw on more than 60 years of experience administering holistic healing, publishing medical articles, and helming hospitals both in China and stateside to balance off-kilter bodies with ancient, holistic Chinese remedies. During a 60-minute acupuncture session, the perforation pro strategically inserts hair-thin needles across the body's pressure points, helping to release chi backed-up along the energy's pathways. Treatments go some way in relieving headaches, body pains, digestive problems, and injuries sustained from playing sports or watching sports with a gorilla who supports the rival team. Though the treatment is virtually painless, those unsettled by needles can substitute the pinpricks for electronic stimulation, low-powered lasers, or infrared light emitted from Captain Planet's hands.