As an award-winning acupuncturist and professor of integrative medicine who was raised in a family of Western medical practitioners, Bina Jangda views wellness from a range of perspectives. Bina specializes in women's health, blending the millennia-old traditions of Chinese medicine with modern techniques to address her patients' gynecological, reproductive, and aging concerns. She also merges these disparate traditions to help men and women lose weight and detoxify their bodies with the help of custom diet plans and regular acupuncture treatments. Meanwhile, the Lifecycles program tailors acupuncture, herbal medicine, and nutrition regimens to the needs of women at every stage of their lives, from adolescence to pregnancy to grounding their own adolescents.
Dr. Ronald T. Weiland doesn’t “believe in fad diets,” as he notes on his website. Rather, he trusts in simple mathematics: fewer ingested calories plus more burned calories equals weight loss. At Ameri-Cal Weight Clinic, he and his staff put this equation into practice during comprehensive weight-loss programs that rely on healthful foods, aerobic exercise, and prescribed appetite suppressants. This mix of support, services, and tools is readily available at eight clinic locations throughout the Bay Area and one that only appears on leap years.
For Cambiati's team of nutritional experts, helping a client make even a small improvement to his or her diet constitutes a success. To prompt these changes, the experts turn to education: they lead nutrition classes inside their Walnut Creek studio, at various locations throughout the Bay Area, and online. Each session unpacks a general or specialized diet plan that focuses on Cambiati's healthy meals based on local, organic, and paleo-friendly ingredients–suitable for both vegans and vegetarians.
Maintaining that most diets don't supply the proper nutrients, Cambiati presents an array of nutritional products. There's dairy-free protein powder and PaleoGreens nutrient-rich drink mix, for example, as well as pea protein and dairy-free bars in flavors such as chocolate mint and chocolate coconut. Depending on the needs of the client, there are products available for everyday or sports-focused nutrition. Cambiati's programs help the average client lose fat and increase muscle in as little as 28 days. Click here for FAQs.
Body-contouring specialist Elma Vann makes house calls for two types of patients: those who have limited time and those who don’t want the paparazzi to catch them leaving a weight-loss center. Emma is just one of the accomplished staff at Vortex Wellness & Aesthetics. She joins a cadre of board-certified physicians and permanent-makeup artists, all of who work to help clients achieve their physical goals. The team has added on specialists through the years – Vortex Wellness originally opened as a weight-loss center and later expanded to include vitamin counseling, cosmetic gynecology, and chronic pain management services.
Medifast uses tasty, healthful meals, snacks, and drinks and personalized dietary plans to help people shed weight and maintain healthy living. A one-week supply of nutrient-packed nourishment consists of snacks and a total of 35 meals—five for each day—loaded with soy protein and a plethora of vitamins and minerals more devoted to hearts than a songwriter's first hundred songs. Nosh on a variety pack of breakfasts, soups including chicken and wild rice and Maryland crab, and shakes, such as Swiss mocha and banana crème ($19.50 each). A pack of wholesome brownies keeps sweet teeth sated ($19.80), and a bar sampler comes loaded with s’more-crunch, lemon-crunch, and oatmeal-raisin flavors ($20.30 value).
The many traditions of herbalism and folk remedies collide at the Mission’s Scarlet Sage Herb Company, sourcing quality organic herbs on Valencia Street since 1995. For holistic healing methods outside the parameters of standard Western medicine – think aromatherapy, teas, and homeopathy – or just to brighten a home with flower essences and natural beauty products, this women-run business is a serious go-to. Although bulk herbs are a staple, Scarlet Sage stocks seeds and seedlings during the springs and summer, for the benefit of green-thumb gardeners looking to grow their own solutions. Feminine-leaning and sometimes far-out, Scarlet Sage is also a place for education – beyond the knowledgeable staff, there is an impressive selection of books on using the power of herbs to promote health and wellness.