15644 Pomerado Rd., Suite 102
Poway, CA 92064

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TCM and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a form of depression that affects people all throughout the world. Most commonly experienced during fall and winter months, the symptoms of SAD include depression, hypersomnia, lethargy, difficulty concentrating, negative thoughts and decreased social interaction. Higher levels of anxiety are experienced at the end of the summer season as those who suffer from this ailment start to anticipate the coming months of less sunshine and increased symptomatology.  continue reading »

Elite Microcurrent Electro-Acupuncture

Elite Acupuncture includes a highly specialized effective form of electro-acupuncture called Micro-Current Color-Light Therapy (MEA)!

This is a gentle, yet very effective therapy for healing so that you can feel good and do what you love!

What are the Benefits of Elite Acupuncture using Micro-Current Color Therapy (MicroLight)?

Very rapid relief of acute and chronic pain without needles. Can also be used in conjunction with acupuncture needles for complex conditions.

  • Joint Pain and Limited Range of Motion
  • Shoulder disorders and pain
  • Lower back pain and sciatica
  • Balancing Chakra and Meridian Energies for Emotional Well-being, anxiety, insomnia, depression, stress

  1. Offers very effective and popular form of Cosmetic facial and body rejuvenation (Energy LightRejuvenation™)
  2. Rapid and powerful results using reflex points such as for auriculo-therapy (ear) and Korean hand micro-points.
  3. Tissue healing acceleration for faster rehabilitation after injuries or surgery
  4. Non-needle electro-acupuncture applications include treatment of addictions, auriculotherapy, Organ treatments and psychological, Root treatments
  5. Electro-massage creates release of tension, adhesions and trigger points more rapidly than conventional bodywork
  6. Meridian balancing – has beneficial effects on the autonomic nervous system and internal Organs (as understood by Chinese Medicine)
  7. Treatment of degenerative and neurological conditions such as arthritis, MS, Parkinson’s and peripheral neuropathies supported with Microlight therapy

What is color light therapy, and what are its benefits?


Color light has been used for thousands of years to promote healing, relieve pain and for spiritual attunement purposes. There are records of color light healing from as far back as ancient Egypt and Greece. In modern times, low level light has been used for pain relief, cancer therapy, addictions, facial rejuvenation, treatment of depression and much more. Color light is also used as a form of acupuncture treatment, and provides a stronger body-mind-emotions connection than traditional needle therapies.


How does color heal the body?


Photons (light particles) and phonons (sound particles) have been shown to be integral parts of the body’s amazing internal communication network. This “living matrix” also includes neuro-peptides such as hormones and neuro-transmitters. Research in Russia has confirmed that light actually travels through the meridian system, as has been confirmed using sensitive test equipment called a photo-multiplier.


Each color (wavelength) of light carries information to the cells of the body, and gently triggers improved functions. For example, the liver is very sensitive to Red and Green light. Red stimulates a sluggish, weakened liver, while Green reduces inflammation and helps smooth the flow of Qi, or life energy associated with the liver. Orange light helps treat hypo-thyroid conditions with fatigue, weight gain and dry skin by boosting thyroid hormone output, while Indigo light has the opposite effect, reducing hyper-thyroid conditions such as nervousness, weight loss and goiter.


*The application of micro-current and color light through acupuncture points has been shown to be particularly powerful for shortening treatment times and improving results for acute and chronic pain patients and for cosmetic facial rejuvenation anti-aging treatments.


What is the Cost of Elite Acupuncture?

Per session it is $85.00.  This is offered at a 25% discount off our regular rate of $115, rounded down for Healthy Roads, Kaiser patients, etc.  We don’t bill insurance or super bill for Elite Acupuncture.  However, you can use your flex spending or HSA accounts.  For additional savings purchase a package of sessions.  Many of our patients prefer to use the Elite Acupuncture that want to feel better quickly with or without needles!

*The application of micro-current and color light through acupuncture points has been shown to be particularly powerful for shortening treatment times and improving results for acute and chronic pain patients and for cosmetic facial rejuvenation anti-aging treatments.

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Express Acupuncture $39.95

Enjoy Express Acupuncture at Acupuncture Center, Inc.

Tracey Whitney, L.Ac. and Michele Arnold, D.A.C.M., L.Ac.

For one of the following three conditions:

  • Stop smoking/Addictions
  • Calm Stress & Anxiety
  • Curb Hunger and Cravings

Relax for approximately 15 minutes in a recliner chair in a private setting.  $39.95   


We use Ear Acupuncture

Ear Acupuncture, or Auriculotherapy, is the stimulation of specific points on the ears believed to be a microsystem of the whole body.

Studies have shown auriculotherapy beneficial for stop smoking, PTSD, anxiety, insomnia, and stress.

Ear Acupuncture

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Quick Tips to Keep You Stress Free

Quick Tips On How You Can Release Stress And Feel Your Best:

  • Go for a brisk walk, be sure to exercise regularly at least 3-5 times per week.  As a plus, you can rub peppermint essential oil onto your temples, or rub into sore muscles before or after exercise.
  • Get Adequate fresh air and sunshine, at least 15-20 minutes per day.  Just for your information extra virgin coconut oil has natural SPF properties of 10, and lavender is a wonderful oil to blend with it for added soothing sensation to the skin.  Not mention lavender naturally helps ease feelings of tension.
  • Take time each day for meditation at least 5-10 minutes.  Try yoga, or Tai-Chi.  Great essential oils to diffuse in the air or rub onto your temples and third eye (center between eyebrows) is arborvitae and frankincense.
  • Start each day with gratitude and positive affirmations.  Lemon essential oil may help stop the negative self-talk.  Lemon oil is uplifting to the mind, and when applied on the base of the skull gives a sense of courage and hope.
  • Use a daily planner to stay organized and on track.  This helps minimize overload, and feeling overwhelmed.  Many people are turning back to a written planner that allows you to plan both personal and work priorities.  Examples of planners are The Law of Attraction Planner or Passion Planner.  You might like to try peppermint, lemon, or melaleuca essential oils rubbed over the middle to outer edge of your right foot, and on the base of your skull, and temples.
  • Eat a healthy balanced diet.  Rub diluted oregano and melaleuca oil on the bottoms of your feet for a cleansing feeling, and ginger and peppermint oil over your tummy to support digestion.
  • Acupuncture and cupping can help to keep your Qi-energy balanced, improve circulation, balance hormones, and reduce stressful feelings.  Treatments are designed to build upon the next with a cumulative effect.  Each treatment is created with you in mind to help you move from where you are right now to where you’d like to be.

How to Prepare For Seasonal Affective Disorder

When the seasons change you have to be ready for a change in mood, especially as we move from fall into winter. Although it may not seem as drastic of a shift as you think, it matters more to our mental and physical states than you may know. Seasonal affective disorder is estimated to affect around 10 million Americans a year, and this isn’t even the full number of reported cases. continue reading »