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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.
You are on the right track about the circulations and my legs.
Since the treatment my legs feel more solid and stronger.
Thanks so much for you help and caring,
Love and Joy,
Santa Barbara, CA
J’s Testimonial was last modified: September... Read more »
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.... Read more »
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... Read more »
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 MeesAfter 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 MeesMy 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
Hi Mary! I’m loving you today!
I made it though an entire hour long spin class this morning (& pushed it hard) and a motorcycle ride to San Diego today… all pain free! My ankle doen’t hurt today at all, hasn’t all week. I have been smiling like a fool all day... Read more »
My back is MUCH improved and my feet don’t hurt. Hooray for acupuncture and thank God for YOU- Mary. Thank you , thank you!!
Margaret’s Testimonial was last modified: August 31st, 2012 by Mary Mees
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Many people like to add walnuts to food to add some zest and a little crunchy kick, but walnuts are much more than a flavor additive, as they are chock full of healthy properties and have been used in Asia as an overall health tonic and brain booster for years. Let’s take a nutty look at walnuts. continue reading
Spring is a time of renewal, regeneration, growth and energy. The plants and animals awaken from the slumber of the cold winter months. The vital nutrients that have been stored in the roots of the plants and the bodies of the animals, comes to the surface and life becomes more vibrant and fluid. Human beings are no different. Humans tend to stay indoors more during the winter months and sometimes pack on a little extra weight in the process. As the weather warms, humans become more gregarious and spend more time outside enjoying nature. This is just a natural process. continue reading
The modern world is changing every single day. Because of this constant state of change, our bodies are frequently having to adjust. We have a food supply being degraded and depleted of nutritional content, which in turn, causes our bodies to become depleted. Our soil and water is contaminated with antibiotics and deadly fertilizers. All of which become part of the food chain we rely upon. Because of this, antibiotics are failing and superbugs like MRSA are on the rise. Lack of nutrition and the overuse of antibiotics are just a couple of the things wreaking havoc on our intestinal health. But there are ways to combat this and keep the gut healthy. continue reading
Most people have heard of the field of acupuncture by now, but did you realize the scope of the practice encompasses Chinese medicine, which includes so much more than needles? Let’s explore this ancient therapy.
First of all, the practice of Chinese medicine starts with a diagnosis. The practitioner asks many questions to build a history; this includes the answers to digestion, appetite, diet, sleep patterns, bowel movement urination, pain, lifestyle, and stress level, for example. The acupuncturist will also be noting the voice pitch, hair luster, skin color and tone, as well as posture and mood of the patient and any significant odor. After that, there is a pulse and tongue analysis to determine where the pattern and root are, primarily. Finally, blood pressure is measured and other applicable tests done, including palpation of the body. After this history, a diagnosis and treatment plan is determined. What might be included in this plan? continue reading
Everybody knows that food is what gives our bodies the energy we need to survive. But not everybody is aware that certain foods should be consumed during specific times of the year. In areas like the Midwest, where fruits and vegetables are harder to keep on hand when the weather becomes colder, this principle is followed a little more closely. But in areas like Hawaii and Southern California, where fresh fruits and vegetables are always available and the climate is more moderate, people sometimes forget to eat according to the seasons. continue reading
Oriental medicine (OM) nutrition combines ancient wisdom with modern science. OM nutrition is a holistic approach, which aims to balance all five flavors within most meals with one or two flavors being emphasized for therapeutic purposes. OM nutrition for a hypertension emphasizes bitter flavors, sour flavors and energetically-cooling foods.
OM theory states the bitter flavor benefits the heart in moderation but an excess is harmful as it has a drying effect; for example, coffee is bitter. In moderation coffee acts as vasodilator increasing circulation but in excess it can raise blood pressure and has a diuretic effect. Modern scientific research has discovered while the human genome has 25 bitter taste receptors 12 of these are expressed in the human heart. continue reading
A study published by the JAMA Internal Medicine found that more than 70 percent of Americans consume more than the recommended daily amount of sugar. Sadly, most of us are addicted to sugar, which happens to be hidden in most of the foods and drinks we consume. Added sugar can cause a whole array of problems that can be short term as well as long term. If you are experiencing health problems, lowering your sugar intake may be one of your best options. Below are 10 truths about the ugly side of sweets. continue reading
Don’t forget about physical exercise
Believe it or not, when you’re exercising your body, you’re exercising your mind as well. Aerobic exercise gets your blood pumping, which increases the oxygen going to your brain and lowers your risk of disorders such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease that can lead to memory loss. If you can, start with some exercise in the morning. This can clear your head right off the bat to stay focused and alert during the day. Exercises that require coordination are especially helpful for keeping the mind active such as simply throwing a ball back and forth. continue reading
San Luis Obispo acupuncture (SLO acupuncture) is now available in Dr. Mary Mees’ new location in San Luis Obispo, CA, where she now makes her residence. The new clinic is located within the Santa Lucia Birth Center, which is the first and only freestanding birth center in San Luis Obispo County providing midwifery and naturopathic healthcare to expectant mothers and their families. While her colleague, Therese Powers, LAc, practices a specialty in women’s health, fertility and pregnancy, Dr. Mees practices a specialty in internal medicine and longevity.
Dr. Mees currently practices San Luis Obispo acupuncture on Mondays and Wednesdays. Feel free to schedule an appointment with her online when she is in the office from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Santa Lucia Birth Center
You are what you eat is an adage that holds more truth than you may realize. Unfortunately, many people today focus their diet around processed foods that are high in sugar, sodium and fat. Diets such as this can increase a person’s risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and more. You can protect your body and health against such illnesses, however, by eating lean meats, fresh vegetables, and by adding the following “superfoods” to your diet.
This edible stalky plant of the cabbage family is loaded in potassium, vitamin B-6, vitamin C magnesium, and calcium. Scientists believes broccoli’s phytochemicals – organic chemical compounds which occur naturally – are able to aid in skin health, regulate blood sugar levels, strengthen the immune system, and ward off joint inflammation. continue reading