In their clinical practice, Michele Collins Vergara and Andres Vergara offer a comprehensive array of services rooted in Chinese medicine, including herbal medicine, acupuncture, medical qi gong and meditation, Chinese food therapy, and Community Acupuncture.
Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese medicine that dates back 2000 years. It involves the insertion of needles into specific points on the twelve meridians or energy channels of the body. Acupuncture is based on the concept of qi, an ancient Chinese medical term corresponding to the levels of health and vitality in the body. Recent research has validated acupuncture in the treatment of pain and various illnesses. Please see our recent blog post that summarizes and highlights recent research about the benefits of acupuncture by clicking here.
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Community acupuncture is an inexpensive way to experience acupuncture in a relaxed group setting. Personalized treatments are provided using acupuncture points on the ears, arms, hands, legs and feet, allowing clients to remain clothed.
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Michele and Andres both use Chinese herbs and formulas. Michele also uses Ayurvedic and western herbs in her practice. They maintain two separate and comprehensive herbal dispensaries of both raw herbs and of concentrated extracts that allow them to customize herbal formulas based on each individual’s needs. Click here for recent blog posts that summarize and highlight recent research about the benefits of Chinese herbs (and acupuncture too).
All of the raw herbs and concentrated extracts we use in our clinic provide quality control and testing. For more information about herb quality and testing, see our recent blog post by clicking here. For our western and Ayurvedic raw herbs, as well as for many commonly used Chinese raw herbs, we use certified organic herbs. This does mean we still use come conventionally grown Chinese herbs, mainly because there are not organic alternatives, however, we make sure that these adhere to strict quality control standards.
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Traditional healing systems like Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine classify food and herbs according to their energetic effect on the body. Food and herbs are classified as to their moistening, drying, cooling and heating effects, as well as their flavor. By classifying foods in this way, it is then possible to discern which foods will best support you in your healing journey.
Michele Collins Vergara and Andres Vergara provide guidance and counsel about how to tailor food choices to support and promote maximum healing. They use Chinese medicine to integrate food therapy with herbal therapy, acupuncture, and medical qi gong and can incorporate this into an in person office visit or a phone appointment.
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Qi gong is one of oldest therapeutic modalities of Chinese medicine and is focused on addressing the root causes of disease or illness using qi gong practices, meditation, and other exercises that are based in Chinese medical differential diagnosis to restore health and wellness. Michele and Andres both integrate medical qi gong prescriptions into their consultations, as it is a deep form of healing that allows an individual to access and manage their own internal anatomy and infrastructure. Please click here to read recent blog posts describing qi gong and the health benefits.
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We offer qi gong classes and workshops to help you learn meditative movements designed to promote health and relaxation.
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A comprehensive consultation is a 2.25 hour visit that combines herbal medicine, Chinese food therapy, qi gong prescriptions, as well as an acupuncture/medical qi gong treatment.
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Michele also provides mentoring to students of herbal medicine who are in either in the middle of their training or are preparing to become professional members of the American Herbalist Guild. You can contact her for more information.
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