Opioids. A word all too common to today’s society. Since the late 1990s, the number of opioid-related deaths has increased dramatically, having taken the lives of nearly 64,000 Americans each year.
The opioid epidemic is considered to be the deadliest crisis in United States history and overdoses have also become the leading cause-of-death in people under the age of 50 in the United States. continue reading »
Opioid Addiction: What Is It and Why Is It Prevalent Today was last modified: June 29th, 2020 by admin
Almost everybody knows there are two very unique ways of treating disease and maintaining health. But not everybody knows how these two methodologies differ from one another. And depending on where you live in the world, there may be one that is more prominent than the other. Both systems have their pros and cons. So let’s differentiate between the two. This is the battle between Eastern and Western medicine.Let’s get ready to rumble! continue reading »
Eastern vs. Western: How the Medical Practices Differ was last modified: May 25th, 2020 by admin
As the country continues reopening, reintegrating acupuncture treatments into your life has become an option again. Yes, Integrated Acupuncture Services has reopened with your safety in mind!
Just as businesses and community members are weighing their own personal choices amidst changing state guidelines, it is a personal choice whether or not you feel safe to visit my clinic for acupuncture and light therapy. As you weigh this choice, here are a few things to keep in mind:
First and foremost, acupuncture is considered an essential service by the Department of Homeland Security. Integrated Acupuncture Services has also been cleared by San Luis Obispo County as an essential service that did not have to close. It was a personal choice by me to close until extra strict safety measures could be put into place. Now that I am fully versed on how to protect you, the community and myself, I feel confident that you are safe when coming to my clinic.
If you’re interested in receiving treatment again, please reach out to me to see what policies I’m adopting as I integrate the ongoing nature of the coronavirus pandemic into my business. continue reading »
It’s possible to get acupuncture again! Here’s what to consider! was last modified: June 5th, 2020 by admin
Chinese medicinal clinical studies have suggested that using acupuncture as a preventative approach to colds and flu can reduce the incidence of upper respiratory tract infection and shorten the duration of the illness. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine work by rebalancing the body’s systems, regulating the body’s healing energies, and enhancing the immune system.
Even though germs, bacteria, and viruses are everywhere—in the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink—according to Chinese medical theory, they do not cause disease. Illness occurs when our Wei Qi and our meridian organ systems are weak and out of balance. When this occurs it creates a hospitable for germs, bacteria, and viruses to thrive, leading to a cold, the flu, or worse. continue reading »
The Flu & You – How Can TCM Help? was last modified: May 25th, 2020 by admin
Large Intestine 4 is one of the most important and influential acupoints in the entire body. The Chinese name for Large Intestine 4 is “He Gu” meaning union valley or converging valley. The point is located on the hand in the web between the thumb and index finger, also described as the depression where the index finger and thumb bones part. This area of the hand is often described as “valley like” hence the name converging valley. continue reading »
Meridian Point: Large Intestine 4 was last modified: April 27th, 2020 by admin
Why do some people always catch a cold, and others don’t? Viruses, germs, and bacteria are everywhere. They are in the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink, but not all of them are bad or harmful.
Think of the immune system as your body’s security detail. The cells, tissues, and organs that comprise it help repel foreign invaders like harmful bacteria, parasites and other microbes that can cause infections. Disorders of the immune system range from everyday annoyances like mild seasonal allergies to serious illnesses like leukemia. Stress, lack of sleep and other common conditions can contribute to a weakened immune system, which can make you vulnerable to infections. continue reading »
Germ Theory: 101 was last modified: April 27th, 2020 by admin
Having recurring migraines is similar to parenting a temperamental toddler. When they go from being annoying to actively disruptive and mildly infuriating, there is often little one can do but grit your teeth and persevere. The helpful suggestions for managing this occurrence involved a mixture of expert opinion, anecdotal hearsay, individual tinkering and a big dose of patience. So where does acupuncture fit into this picture? continue reading »
Acupuncture: The Original Biohack for Migraines was last modified: March 30th, 2020 by admin
We often say in Traditional Chinese Medicine that the liver is the system most easily susceptible to stress. Stress knots the Qi (energy) and makes its flow stagnate – this happens most quickly in the liver energy system. The liver, in TCM, is in charge of the smooth flow of Qi throughout the body. This means that if Qi flow is impaired (ie, by stress), the liver system will suffer. Likewise, if the liver energy system is weak or stagnant (from lifestyle choices, diet, trauma, emotional stress, illness or genetic factors), Qi flow throughout the body may be impaired. continue reading »
Successful Herbs to Move Liver Qi was last modified: March 30th, 2020 by admin
As you already know, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is very real and it is everyone’s responsibility to help keep our community safe from the rapid spread of Coronavirus. To help slow the spread of this virus, it is now more important than ever to take an abundance of caution to help protect you, your family, our community and our healthcare system.
Because there are many unknowns about Coronavirus and things can change rapidly, I believe using common sense is the best measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.continue reading »
COVID-19: IMMUNITY AND OUR COMMUNITY was last modified: March 23rd, 2020 by admin
For most people, the change of seasons from winter to spring is something to look forward to. But it also means a time when people tend to get sick or seasonal allergies start to flare up. This can make things miserable for a lot of people. As the weather fluctuates between freezing cold and warmer, sunnier days, it also wreaks havoc on our immune system and our sleep. Frequently, our bodies can’t keep up with the constant changes and we get physically run down. But there are some things everybody can do to help during the time of transition from one season to the next. continue reading »
How to Stay Healthy As Winter Changes to Spring was last modified: February 24th, 2020 by admin
You, my friend, are a wizard! I came home yesterday, napped for an hour, but still felt a little tired. Went to bed about 11 pm, and slept the best I have in years! Didn’t even get up to go to the bathroom. The hardest I’ve slept in a very
Hello Mary, Just wanted to let you know today’s TX was the best yet. Low back pain was interrupting my ability to stand this morning and it’s gone. Bruised rib cage is so much better. Completely different afterwords from prior apts. Thank you again. J
Mary is a gifted practitioner who is deeply knowledgable about oriental medicine and acupuncture. I went to her suffering from several ailments and within several sessions, the symptoms of each were nearly entirely alleviated. Her office is beautiful and comfortable. I would recommend Mary to anyone seeking an acupuncturist.
Hi Mary, You are on the right track about the circulations and my legs.
Since the treatment my legs feel more solid and stronger.
I saw my medical doctor yesterday for a few different issues. It was the first that I have had an appointment with her since I began acupuncture with you in January of this year. One of my goals for this year was to get off of medication.
I must say that I am very pleased that I had the chance to know you even for a short period of time. However, I was instantly spoiled because you are a women who shares many of the same experiences that I have had simply because of our similar
Mary, Although I did not know you for a long period of time, I wanted to thank you
for your kind, superior care. You restored my belief in holistic
medical treatment. Thank you! MP, Orange County, CA
MP’s Testimonial was last modified: April 15th, 2015 by Mary Mees
After a year of consistent acupuncture treatments and conversations with Dr. Mees, I have noticed that my anxiety has decreased, I am a happier person, and I have successfully avoided several illnesses that have been passed around my home and office. I highly recommend Dr. Mees if you are looking... Read more »
I wanted to tell you that my hip feels 100% better. Thank you.
A.T.’s Testimonial was last modified: September 28th, 2013 by Mary Mees
My treatment yesterday did absolute wonders for me! What a difference I feel! Thank you sooooooo much!! -KC, Santa Barbara, cA
KC’s Testimonial was last modified: September 15th, 2013 by Mary Mees