Acupuncture in Alameda, CA
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Acupuncture in Alameda, CA
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Acupuncture in Alameda, CA: Acupuncture invites your body to heal itself. It works with your body’s electromagnetic fields to positively influence nerve, hormone, immune, musculoskeletal, lymphatic, organ and other tissue systems toward repair. Your deepest programming is for health. Acupuncture helps your body access its own innate intelligence. Therefore, it is valuable in resolving both simple and complex issues. Acupuncture sessions bring balance to mind, body, and spirit.

When there is conflict in our life or within the body (disease/symptoms), the imbalance is simultaneously represented within the acupuncture system. Physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, poor diet, accidents or excessive activity are among the many things that can influence the quality, flow and balance of energy. Bringing balance to the acupuncture system also restores proper function to the body.

Acupuncture balances the body by unblocking channels of energy

The acupuncture system consists of highways of energy channeling through our bodies called meridians, each representing a different aspect of life and connected to specific organs and glands, providing nourishment to ensure maximum function. The meridians are an integral communication pathway in the body. It is vital for optimum health to maintain proper communication within the body, in both the nervous and acupuncture systems. Balancing the acupuncture system affects all systems in the body including the nervous system.

The potential benefits of acupuncture are widely recognized, and it continues to become integrated with Western Medicine. More than 20 million Americans have tried acupuncture and Chinese medicine since it was introduced in the United States in the 1970’s. The risk of side effects from acupuncture is low while the potential benefits are high.

Clinical studies show the benefits of acupuncture in treating many conditions including:

  • Joint Pain
  • Headaches
  • Allergies
  • Hypertension
  • Insomnia
  • Weight Control
  • Sciatica
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Infertility
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic Pain
  • Addiction

Generally acupuncture does not hurt. Some people report feeling the needles as they go in while others report feeling nothing at all. The needles used in acupuncture are solid and unlike hypodermic needles which contain a hollow point. This makes them much thinner with a circumference that roughly resembles the size of a human hair. Patients will often have sensations during the treatment which is the energy moving through the opening of a channel that has been blocked.

Meet our Licensed Acupuncturists

Emily Leap, MSTCM, L.Ac

Licensed Acupuncturist

Emily Leap received her MSTCM from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2017. During her time in school, she apprenticed under her shiatsu instructor, BJ Green, in which context she received extensive training in shiatsu, which is Japanese, meridian- based massage, positional release therapy, an osteopathic technique for facilitating neuromuscular release, and muscle energy techniques, all of which she has been practicing since 2014.

She worked briefly for noted fertility specialist Dr. Angela Wu, where she was trained in Chi Nei Tsang, or Chinese organ massage. In 2016, she completed 500 hours of training at the Henan TCM University in Zhengzhou, China, where she learned Tui Na, or Chinese massage. Emily uses these various bodywork modalities to enhance her acupuncture practice, which emphasizes the management of pain and stress.

She came to the study of Chinese medicine after over a decade working in circus and dance and is currently a doctoral candidate at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Melinda Phoenix

Melinda L. Phoenix, L.Ac, CMP

Licensed Acupuncturist

Melinda Phoenix is specialized with sports medicine acupuncture–a focus that is geared towards the muscular, tendon and ligament systems of pain management, faster healing times and enhanced performance with training. She utilizes several modalities from an integrative medicine approach, looking at both eastern and western treatment modalities. Melinda enjoys diving deeper into the energy systems of the body, clearing meridian channels through the use of vibration sound healing tools.

Besides her hands-on work, she has a mission in advancing the implementation of a nutritional testing device within hospitals globally–which will lead to the prevention of most diseases known to our society. She is on the board of directors for California Acupuncture association and is focused on empowering and mobilizing her fellow peers in taking action towards evolving healthcare systems through implementation and political involvement.



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