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Chinese Herbal Medicine & Nutrition In Cornado

Acupuncturists are diverse practitioners who use a wide range of modalities and treatments to improve a long list of health conditions. At Peak Health Group, we combine the benefits of traditional acupuncture with Chinese herbal medicine, nutrition, lifestyle therapies, cupping, body work, and heat therapy as a holistic approach to primary care.

How Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture is a therapy that promotes health and alleviates sickness by restoring balance to the body. Traditional acupuncture relies on the insertion of hair-like sterile needles into specific anatomical points. The needles stimulate the points, boosting the body’s energy and balance while promoting healing through increased blood flow.

Qi – The Body’s Vital Energy

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC) follows the belief that the vital energy that circulates through the body (Qi, pronounced “Chee”) nourishes the various systems of the body. When the flow of energy is interrupted, it results in a range of health problems. Acupuncture restores the flow of Qi and improves the health of the body’s systems.

Not only does acupuncture heal the body through restored balance, but it does it by activating the body’s own self-healing capacity. This process boosts the immune system throughout the body and increases health overall.

Today, acupuncturists also use cupping, or “acupuncture without the needles.” This therapy uses glass cups that suction onto the skin. They remain on the skin for up to three minutes to create a vacuum that pulls toxins out of the body, boosts circulation, and helps relax muscles. If you don’t like the idea of being treated with needles, cupping offers a needle-free alternative that is highly effective, especially for patients with muscular pain and tightness.

Cupping is sometimes combined with the use of trusted herbal supplements used in Chinese herbal medicine for centuries. This combination of treatment modals can effectively treat cellulite, digestive disorders, colds, and many other conditions.

Acupuncture is well-known in the traditional use of Chinese medicine. It may be used independently or in combination with other forms of treatment, including nutritional recommendations, the use of Chinese herbs, Gua Sha (soft tissue manual muscle therapy), and Moxibustion – a technique that heals, nourishes, and relaxes certain points on the body. Each type of treatment has specific benefits that add to the overall improvement of an individual’s health.

What Acupuncture Treats

Many people know that acupuncture offers an alternative therapy to dangerous pain medications. Chinese herbal medicine can also be just as effective as pharmaceutical drugs without causing any adverse side effects. Acupuncturists might use any combination of their available therapies to treat:

  • Allergies

  • Anxiety

  • Cancer discomfort

  • Depression

  • Digestive/gastrointestinal disorders

  • Signs of aging

  • Headaches/migraines

  • Hormonal imbalances

  • Insomnia

  • Postpartum depression

  • Many other conditions

The Use of Natural Herbs, Food, and Nutrition in Chinese Herbal Medicine

Many herbs have important innate properties that have made them a valuable part of traditional Chinese herbal medicine for years. They help bring the body into balance and can benefit some patients even when they aren’t undergoing acupuncture treatment.


Nutrition obtained through your diet is also an important part of a holistic approach to health. Food and nutrition have been a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine since early times. Centuries ago, the Chinese thought that certain foods helped strengthen the body, improve health, and even prevent aging.


Chinese herbal medicine implements some regular foods into a nutritious diet. All of these foods fit into one of five categories:

  • Spicy

  • Sweet

  • Sour

  • Bitter

  • Salty

Foods in each category have particular properties. For example, sweet foods like carrots, sweet potatoes, honey, or potatoes slowed down acute reactions and neutralized toxins.


There are also five behaviors to avoid related to eating healthy:

  • Eating foods out of season

  • Overconsumption

  • Eating at odd hours and eating a variety of new foods without gradually adjusting

  • Eating something new when you haven’t digested the last meal or when not hungry

  • Suppressing natural processes that dispel digested foods

The best approach is to follow a nutrition guide that is personalized to your needs. Acupuncturists work with you to tailor your diet to include a variety of tastes, as well as to incorporate the tenets of Chinese medicine to serve your health needs.

Chinese Herbal Medicine: One Part of Personalized Health Care

We all get older, and we go through a lot of changes as we age. While we have a lot of conditions in common, there are also a lot of differences between one individual and the next. At Peak Health Group, we understand how important getting the right choices in health care is for you. Our approach to personalized health care gives you access to the therapies you need to always keep you looking and feeling your best.


Why Choose Acupuncture at Peak Health Group

Some conventional medical practitioners such as physicians and dentists include acupuncture in their practices today. It’s important to choose a professional with the appropriate training. Peak Health Group has partnered with Durkin Acupuncture to provide our patients with professional acupuncture services that complement your health care.


In addition to being highly effective, acupuncture is also one of the safest treatments available. At Peak Health Group, we provide patients with a treatment that is tailored to the individual’s needs. There are various methods of delivery that are best for different symptoms and situations. The practice that is rooted in Chinese herbal medicine is only as effective as the practitioner who delivers it.

What to Expect During Your First Acupuncture Appointment

When you arrive at our clinic, we will start with an intake of your medical background and a thorough discussion of your health goals for the future. Afterward, the acupuncturist will implement a treatment that aligns with your health goals. Your plan might include a variety of Chinese herbal medicine, positive lifestyle changes, or some nutritional therapies.


Depending on your reason for seeking acupuncture, you might require a single treatment or a series of treatments over a determined period of time. Sometimes a single treatment aids in identifying underlying conditions or health problems that are contributing to your symptoms.


Arrive for your appointment wearing loose, comfortable attire that allows you to fully relax during your treatment. If you still have questions or concerns, contact us by calling 619-522-4005 today to schedule your appointment or book online. It’s the perfect way to take your health into your own hands.