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TestimonialsHello 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
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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
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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 »
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Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM is all about balance. In this ancient system, the key to health is to move through the world in such a way that our bodies can remain in homeostasis, in balance. This idea connects to sleep patterns, what we eat and ultimately the flow of Qi, or energy, throughout the body. For that reason, healthy eating in summertime, according to TCM, is all about using cooling foods to balance out how hot it is outside. In other words, we can find homeostasis from the inside out. continue reading
Most acupuncture points are located on the 12 primary channels that flow along the surface of the body. However, there are eight Extraordinary Vessels that flow more deeply in the body, and are perhaps even more powerful that the 12 primary channels. The Extraordinary Vessels regulate the 12 channels, and are deep lakes of energy, which can feed the 12 primary channels when they are depleted. continue reading
In addition to the 12 main acupuncture meridians that flow along the surface of the body, there are also deeper channels of energy in the body called the Extraordinary Vessels. You can understand the relationship between the primary acupuncture channels and the Extraordinary Vessels by thinking about what happens when it rains: first, small ditches become full – these are the collateral vessels that break off of the 12 main channels. Next, the reservoirs become full, which are the 12 primary channels. When they are full, they overflow into the Extraordinary Vessels, which are deep and vast lakes of energy within the body. continue reading
In traditional Chinese medical theory, one of the best ways to stay healthy is to live in balance with the seasons. Balance, in this context, means mindfully crafting your diet and certain aspects of your lifestyle based on what season it is.
An easy way to think about this is with fruits and vegetables: we are lucky these days to have grocery stores stocked year round with fruits and vegetables from every corner of the globe at all times of year. That makes it possible to enjoy asparagus into the winter months in northern climates where asparagus would never naturally grow at that time of year if at all. Chinese medical thought prescribes realigning our diets with what would be available to us in the region where we live and at each time of year. continue reading
Traditional Chinese medicine says aligning your diet with the seasons is one of the best ways to stay healthy. Mother Nature provides exactly what we need to be healthy. Paying attention to the fruits, vegetables and herbs that grow during different seasons in the region where you live is a great way to incorporate the philosophies of traditional Chinese medicine into your own life and access greater healing. continue reading
Ginseng is said to resemble a human body in shape, and it has been used for years in Asia. Recently, it has become a popular item in Western culture. Many claims about this root have been advertised, such as its reputation for extending longevity and its use for stamina and endurance. Let’s look at the types of ginseng and the differences.
There are three main types of ginseng used: continue reading
Next time you’re in a wide open field, pasture or meadow dotted with beautiful yellow dandelions, know that these prolific little delights are not only beautiful, but packed with nutrition and offer a host of healthy benefits. Let’s explore this amazing flower. continue reading
Digestive disorders can be simple like flatulence or gas, or they can be much more serious, such as Crohn’s disease. But regardless of the severity of the disease, there is no doubt digestive disorders affect far more people than they should, especially in the United States. A recent survey reports nearly 74 percent of all Americans are living with digestive issues. Most people don’t report it to their doctors either, because they assume it is normal to have gas, bloating or abdominal pain. But these symptoms can be indicators of much more serious underlying problems. continue reading
There are four main types of headache: tension, cluster, sinus and migraine. And, there are varying triggers for these headaches, such as food, stress, hormones, dehydration and weather. Fortunately, eliminating the triggers and finding natural ways to prevent and help an ongoing headache are possible. continue reading
Ever had one of those days or weeks where you just can’t pull yourself out of bed in the morning? Or perhaps you just can’t say “No!” to the dessert tray. Regardless of the activity, willpower is what keeps some people disciplined. But it doesn’t make you a bad person if you have dessert with every meal, buy more shoes than you really need or take longer to get going in the morning. It just means your willpower isn’t strong. And just like any other habit, that can be changed. continue reading