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Some of the advantages of using Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) originated in ancient China and has been around for thousands of years. TCM believes that the mind and body are one unit. Therefore healing should not only be done on the surface of the body but within as well. Symptoms and the diseases should be treated, but TCM goes further than that, by triggering your body's own self-healing potential to treat the underlying cause of illness and not just alleviate the symptoms.

In the west, we think of medicine as a process of dealing with illness and disease. TCM focuses on achieving health and wellness through internal balance within our lives. Its focus is on the holistic approach that treats the whole person. It is not only effective for physical problems but for psychological and emotional as well.

acupuncture treatmentsWHY TCM?

Every human being has different health issues and each disease pattern manifests in different ways. Why then do people get prescribed the same medication? Even though the illnesses seem the same, like a headache or a flu, the internal causes are most likely differ. TCM recognizes the disharmonies and deal with them on an individual basis, making health care a personalized event.


TCM practitioners work with herbal medicines and various mind and body practices, such as acupuncture and tai chi, to treat or prevent problems.

TCM is useful to treat many conditions including infertility. It can reduce the unwanted adverse reactions from medical interventions and toxins that that linger in the body.

TCM does not only balance and improve the overall health of the individual; it also makes other forms of treatments more effective.

TCM can be very beneficial in balancing the endocrine system and general health. Studies have proven the effectiveness of Chinese Medicine. TCM has also been viewed beneficial for pregnant women, helping them have a smooth pregnancy. TCM also aids in postpartum healing.

The growing popularity of TCM shows that it can be used as an individual treatment or complementary to Western medical techniques. In the orient, Western medicine has been integrated about a century ago, calling it Integral Chinese Medicine or ITCM for short. Using ancient medical techniques like acupuncture and herbal treatments alongside modern medicine, the system works well.


Disease prevention is nowadays becoming a more accepted and viable way of thinking. More people recognize that simply treating diseases is not enough and that prevention is the key to health and longevity.

For thousands of years, Chinese doctors believed in taking an active approach to heath in order to ward off disease. Their solution was to keep their patients’ bodies balanced. They would only accept money while the patient was healthy. If the patient became ill, no money was accepted. Chinese doctors would then work to restore the patient’s health. In the modern world, we spend large amounts of money on health insurance waiting for the diagnosis of a serious illness.

Chinese Medicine states that if all of the Five Organ Systems are working harmoniously, disease will not be able to penetrate. Taking Chinese herbs and doing acupuncture on a regular basis is an excellent way to help regulate, maintain and promote the organ system networks and create a powerful immune system and resistance to any disease.

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Dr. Laurie's Acupuncture and TCM treatment menu

Women's / Reproductive Health

Fertility enhancement treatment

IVF adjunct therapy

Acupressure for childbirth

Moving baby from breech to head-down position

Labor Induction

Postpartum Recovery

Peri / Post Menopause

PMS Treatment

General treatments

Weight Loss and Appetite control

Lifestyle and transition

Energy improvement

Smoking  / Substance Cessation

Multiple Sclerosis

 Nutritional Counseling

Herbal Medicine

Stress Management and related issues

Stress relief

Migraine headache relief

TMJ (Temporomandibular joint disorder) relief

Mood Stabilization: calm anxiety, depression

Pain, Discomfort & Other issues

Chronic pain: (Neck, back, headaches, etc.)


Sports injuries

Post Surgical

Injury and Rehabilitation

Digestive disorders: (Constipation, IBS, Reflux, etc.)

Vertigo and visual disturbances

Sleep disorders


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Laurel Binder, Doctor of Acupuncture (RILB)

3029 Wilshire Blvd Suite 201

Santa Monica, CA 90403

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