Hara Healing Center in Carpinteria, CA

Your Full Service Wellness Center, offering Acupuncture, Massage, Chinese Herbs, Qi Gong and Yoga in beautiful Carpinteria Califormia. 

Serving the Carpinteria, Montecito, Summerland and Santa Barbara communities.

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine ?

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a 3,000 year old health system developed in China and is based on an ancient philosophy that describes the body in terms of two opposing forces: yin and yang. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy. Energy, called "qi" (pronounced "chee") flows along specific pathways, called meridians, throughout the body. If the flow of this energy gets blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam, the disruption can lead to pain, lack of function, or illness.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture therapy can release these blockages in the body and stimulate function, invoking the body’s natural healing response through various physiological systems. Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. Recently published research has demonstrated that the effects of needling include influencing the activity of adenosine, an amino acid which becomes active in the skin after an injury to ease pain. By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, and improve sleep, digestive function, and sense of well-being.

Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific points on the body--commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation may further enhance the effects. Other acupoint stimulation techniques include: manual massage, moxibustion or heat therapy, cupping, and the application of topical herbal medicines and topical liniments.

What happens during an acupuncture treatment?

First, your acupuncturist will ask about your health history. Then, she will examine your tongue’s shape, color, and coating, feel your pulse, and possibly perform some additional physical examinations depending on your individual health needs. Using these unique assessment tools, the acupuncturist will be able to recommend a proper treatment plan to address your particular condition. For the acupuncture treatment, you lay comfortably on a treatment table while sterile thin needles are inserted in various acupoints on your body. Most people feel minimal or no discomfort as the fine needles are gently placed. The needles are usually retained between 15 and 30 minutes. During and after treatment, people often report feeling very relaxed.

How many treatments will I need?

The frequency and number of treatments differ from person to person. Some people experience dramatic relief in the first treatment. For complex or long-standing chronic conditions, one to two treatments per week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required, usually eight to ten visits in total. An individualized treatment plan that includes the expected number of treatments will be discussed during your initial visit.

What conditions are commonly treated by acupuncture?

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has documented and publicized acupuncture’s safety and efficacy for treating a wide range of conditions. Acupuncture is now covered by many insurance policies and is most broadly used to relieve pain. Acupuncture can be used effectively with other bodywork therapies including various forms of massage or osteopathic manipulation. Hundreds of clinical studies in the U.S. on the benefits of acupuncture have shown that it successfully treat conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems and pain, to nausea, migraine headaches, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and infertility.

Acupuncture may be used in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including the following:

Muscular skeletal disorders and Pain:

headaches, neck pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendinitis, osteoarthritis, knee pain,  low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel, TMJ syndrome, dental pain and all types of sprains and strains.

Neurological :

Migraines, facial tics, sciatica, neuropathy, bells palsy, post-stroke hemiplegia, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, numbness and tingling sensations in limbs, post surgical pain, diabetic neuropathy, speech problems.

Digestive disorders:

gastritis and hyperacidity, nausea and vomiting, acid reflux, spastic colon, constipation, acute and chronic diarrhea.

Respiratory disorders:

common cold, sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent chest infections, CPOD, allergies.

Inflammatory and Auto Immune Conditions:

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohns, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes, Eczema, Psoriasis, MS, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Urinary, Menstrual, and Reproductive problems:

frequent urination, overactive bladder, UTI’s, prostate issues, PMS, painful menses, fertility issues and menopausal symptoms.

Adjunct therapy for Cancer Treatment: Chemo-induced nausea and vomiting, fatigue, radiation therapy, lymph edema, post-surgery neuropathy, and other side effects of cancer treatment.

Stress and emotional pain: Hypertension, depression, anxiety, PTSD. It can also helpful in addiction therapy and smoking cessation.

If you would like more information in how acupuncture could help you, please call or email to set up a consulation.

Patricia Tenyer, L.Ac., LMT


Hara Healing Center
4943 Carpinteria Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013

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