Ancient Practice & Modern Science

Acupuncture is an ancient healing modality originating in China. It involves the insertion of very fine, sterile metal needles into the body at acupuncture points. These acupuncture points are powerful accessors to the rivers of energy or meridians that run through our bodies. The meridians regulate energy flow, and thus determine our state of sickness or health. An unbalanced body is in a state of sickness, which has various manifestations. A balanced body is in a state of health. Acupuncture works to restore balance in our body’s energy flow so that our mind, body, and spirit can achieve it’s birthright of health and wellness.

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Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a non-invasive method that works with your body to enhance your complexion and reduce wrinkles and fine lines! Very fine acupuncture needles are placed on and around the face to draw circulation to the area and create minor ‘trauma’ (the same principle as laser face treatment) so that the body produces more collagen to the areas of reduced collagen / wrinkles. The body is also treated holistically, so points are chosen for acupuncture that treat the individual and their own imbalances which may lead to premature aging. The Galvanic Spa by NuSkin is used after acupuncture with specialized gels to draw out toxins, increase circulation, and plump up the skin. Many proponents of facial rejuvenation acupuncture are pleased with the non-invasive, non-chemical results of this amazing therapy! It is recommended to come in initially ten consecutive times in a five week period (two times a week) to reap optimal results. Imagine looking and feeling younger and more vibrant!

The World Health Organization has recognized Acupuncture as effective for many diseases. The diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials reported in the recent literature can be classified into four categories as shown below.

1. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved-through controlled trials-to be an effective treatment:


Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
 • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
 • Biliary colic

 • Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)

 • Dysentery, acute bacillary

 • Dysmenorrhoea, primary
Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
 • Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
Hypertension, essential
Hypotension, primary
Induction of labour
 • Knee pain

 • Leukopenia

 • Low back pain
 • Malposition of fetus

 • Morning sickness
 • Nausea and vomiting

 • Neck pain

 • Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
 • Periarthritis of shoulder
 • Postoperative pain
 • Renal colic

 • Rheumatoid arthritis
 • Sciatica

 • Sprain

 • Stroke
 • Tennis elbow

2. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed:


Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
 • Acne vulgaris
 • Alcohol dependence and detoxification
 • Bell’s palsy • Bronchial asthma • Cancer pain
 • Cardiac neurosis
 • Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation • Cholelithiasis • Competition stress syndrome • Craniocerebral injury, closed
 • Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent • Earache
 • Epidemic haemorrhagic fever
 • Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease) • Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection • Female infertility • Facial spasm
 • Female urethral syndrome
 • Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
 • Gastrokinetic disturbance • Gouty arthritis
 • Hepatitis B virus carrier status
 • Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3) • Hyperlipaemia • Hypo-ovarianism
 • Insomnia
 • Labour pain • Lactation, deficiency • Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic • Ménière disease
 • Neuralgia, post-herpetic
 • Neurodermatitis
 • Obesity
 • Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
 • Osteoarthritis
Pain due to endoscopic examination
Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans
 • Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein-Leventhal syndrome ; PCOS) • Postextubation in children
 • Postoperative convalescence • Premenstrual syndrome
 • Prostatitis, chronic
 • Pruritus
 • Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome
 • Raynaud syndrome, primary • Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
 • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
 • Retention of urine, traumatic
 • Schizophrenia
 • Sialism, drug-induced • Sjögren syndrome
 • Sore throat (including tonsillitis) • Spine pain, acute
 • Stiff neck • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) • Tietze syndrome
 • Tobacco dependence • Tourette syndrome • Ulcerative colitis, chronic • Urolithiasis • Vascular dementia • Whooping cough (pertussis)

3. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which there are only individual controlled trials reporting some therapeutic effects, but with acupuncture is worth trying because treatment by other therapies is difficult:


 • Choroidopathy, central serous
 • Colour blindness • Deafness • Hypophrenia • Irritable colon / bowel syndrome (IBS) • Neuropathic bladder in spinal cord injury
 • Pulmonary heart disease, chronic • Small airway obstruction

4. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture may be tried provided the practitioner has special modern medical knowledge and adequate monitoring equipment:


Breathlessness in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
(COPD) • Coma • Convulsions in infants • Coronary heart disease (angina pectoris)
 • Diarrhea in infants and young children
 • Encephalitis, viral, in children, late stage • Paralysis, progressive bulbar and pseudobulbar

Meet Our Acupuncture Specialist

Jessica Devlahovich

“While thumbing through the latest copy of Santa Cruz Waves I saw an article written by Jaimi Ellison, founder of Santa Cruz CORE Fitness + Rehab. The article was,” 7 Reasons To Try An Acupuncture Purification Program”. After reading the article I thought this would be a great way to jump start a weight loss program in time for “another birthday” coming up and also get some pain relief from work related injuries. I met first with Jaimi for the initial consultation as to what I’m wanting out of this program. I then met with Lynn Drittenbas, Acupuncture Specialist and we talked about the 21-day Detox & Purification Program. I started the program right away. I found the program directions easy to follow and each week is spelled out as to what to eat for that week. It’s really a “no brainer”. I’m amazed at acupuncture and what it can do for pain relief. Lynn is very skilled at what she does. Having a great massage after the acupuncture by Lynn is awesome, too. That helps immensely. After three weeks I feel different overall. I’ve lost 17 pounds of weight, have had quite a bit of pain relief, the quality of my sleep has increased ( I haven’t had solid sleep in years ). I don’t have to take sleeping supplements to help me to get to sleep. My energy levels have increased as well. Anybody wanting to get a structured program for cleaner eating I would suggest this detox program. All the staff at SC CORE Fitness + Rehab have been very friendly and helpful.


Cupping & Gua Sha

Cupping and Gua Sha are methodologies under the heading of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) – of which Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Herbal Therapy, Nutrition, Tuina / Massage and Medical Qigong are also part. Cupping and Gua Sha are highly effective for treating musculoskeletal disorders where blood and energy have become stagnant, causing pain. It is also very effective for overall health / immunity, asthma, and digestive complaints. Cupping involves a suctioning cup that is either stationary or moved over the skin, drawing out impurities and improving blood flow to the area. Gua Sha involves “scraping” the skin with a tool made of buffalo horn, jade, or porcelin. By doing so, blood flow is improved, tension released, and pain reduced. Both therapies will result in what the Chinese refer to as “Sha” – markings of color ranging from a light red to black which appear on the skin after Cupping or Gua Sha. These marks indicate that the toxic energy or blood has been resolved and new blood is able to circulate in the area. The marks may appear strange to the onlooker, but the person receiving the therapy feels immensely better and will heal faster. Marks generally go away completely in one to two weeks.

Chinese Herbal Therapy & Nutrition

Chinese Herbal Therapy and Nutrition involve prescribing traditional Chinese herbal combinations in the form of tea, tincture, pills, powders, washes, plasters, or patches in order to effect healing. Nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle counseling involves assessing a person’s constitution and addressing its rebalancing through advice with its roots in the traditional chinese thinking of tastes, temperatures, and temperaments of persons, seasons, and foods.


Medical Qigong

Medical Qigong is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine that focuses mainly on energetics. Although its idea may be less palpable than acupuncture, cupping, or herbal therapy, its principles are the same, as are its effects. Medical Qigong is a hands on or hands off approach that involved the practitioner rebalancing the patient’s energy fields. It can be used alone or in combination with acupuncture or cupping. Areas that are stagnant are moved and regulated, areas that need bolstering are tonified, and areas that are excessive are drained. Medical Qigong is useful for any disorder that acupuncture is also useful for. However, it excels in the healing of emotional and mood disorders, which are often the precursors to any number of physical disorders according to the concept of mind-body.

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