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.
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.
Doctor of Chiropractic and nutritional therapist Brandy McCans's greatest passion is helping women become their healthiest selves and feel beautiful. She's familiar with the challenges of becoming healthy after struggling with mental illness. But through treatment programs, she lost 12 sizes and began Pretty Sexy Weight Loss to help others. At Pretty Sexy Weight Loss, Dr. McCans oversees a 10-day transformation program that helps clients drop inches quickly in the healthiest way possible. The program incorporates supplements, coaching sessions, and ample support via telephone and text message.
Adhering to a holistic healing philosophy, Kinetic Waves' staff pampers guests with noninvasive treatments designed to bolster skin health and relieve stress without the use of harmful chemicals. The specialists administer a variety of complexion-clearing and anti-aging facials, treating mugs to Hujan Natural Skin Care products, which are free of parabens, gluten, artificial fragrances, and dyes. Guests can also revel in relaxation during holistic treatments, such as reiki and craniosacral-therapy sessions, and massage, in which therapists knead away muscular tension with their experienced hands or mastery of telekinesis.
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.
GNC's opulent aisles display a wide variety of vitamin and mineral and herbal supplements, as well as sports nutrition, diet, energy, bodycare, and other health products. The Mega Men Sport multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets) supports muscle recovery and energy levels while aiding speedy male metabolisms without dangling steaks in front of their treadmills. Fuel feats of female strength with the Women's Ultra Mega Active multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets), ideal for vigorous women. Two pounds of Pro Performance 100% whey protein ($35.99) distract taste buds with the flavor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry while smuggling 20 grams of high-quality protein into the body in each scoop. Promote healthy bones with a calcium supplement, such as coral calcium, sustainably harvested from the Okinawan Sea to provide a healthy 2-to-1 ratio of calcium and magnesium.