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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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During the summer solstice your yang energy reaches its peak. It is important to harness the peak of this yang energy, because as summer shifts into fall yang energy will decline. This great abundance of yang energy will translate throughout your body because during this season you are active and growing.
According to five element theory, during the summer the organ that receives extra energy is the heart. When the seasons change so do the organs we should focus on in the body. You should focus on the heart during summer. Feed the heart heart-nourishing foods and make sure to remain active so the heart receives positive energy. continue reading
The organs in Chinese medicine are more than just a physical representation. The organs include not only their physiological function, but also their mental, emotional, spiritual and elemental qualities that align with nature and the seasons. Let’s explore the heart.
The heart season is summer, and heart is considered the most yang: hot, bountiful and abundant. Yang is what is bright, moving, outward, hot and loud. Yin is what is more inward, still, dark and cooler. The color of the heart is associated with red, the climate is heat, the flavor is bitter and it’s paired organ is the small intestine (many urinary issues are due to “heart fire” heat descending). The sense aligned with heart is the tongue, and the vessels associated with heart are the tissues. The heart sound is laughing, and the emotion is joy. The heart houses what is known as the shen, which is the mind and spirit. continue reading
While the flu is actually not a season, we have become programmed to think of it as the months of November through March. On average, the flu hospitalizes thousands every year, especially the young and elderly. There are also a number of deaths related to the flu, mostly due to people already having compromised immune systems.
The flu, also known as influenza, is a highly contagious respiratory infection that is caused by a number of viruses. To date, there are approximately 26 to 30 different known strains of the flu virus. This is one of the reasons the flu vaccine has only mild efficacy. The flu vaccine itself, typically only covers five to seven strains of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever, coughing, a sore throat, fatigue, muscle aches, pains, runny nose and watery eyes. continue reading
As the school year kicks back into gear so should the healthy habits that you and your children have before practiced. Notice how I said “practiced,” because we all know during the summer-vacation months we tend to indulge a little. Maybe you have had one too many backyard barbecues, or three too many trips to the favorite ice cream shop down the street. Whatever your summer vice may be don’t worry about it, you can regain those healthy habits from before and introduce them into your children’s lives! continue reading
Although sun protection is extremely important to protect against harmful UV-rays and to prevent skin cancer, next time you pick out your sunscreen, consider what you’re buying. Many common sunscreens actually contain chemicals that can be harmful to your body.
Chemicals to avoid in common sunscreens:
- Retinol palmitate
- Padimate O/PABA
- Nano or Micronized mineral particles
There are several and easy ways to make effective and natural homemade sunscreen. continue reading
Quit the tobacco, and don’t start if you haven’t already
It should be common sense now that smoking or chewing tobacco can lead to multiple types of cancer. If you are trying to quit, you are not alone. Try joining a support group or making a plan for yourself to set goals for quitting. Facing addiction is hard, but not using tobacco can save years of your life.
A healthy, well-rounded diet can do wonders for lowering your risk of cancer and overall wellbeing. Cut out processed sugar and instead focus on whole foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids that have been shown to help fight cancer. Other fish that can help reduce the risk of endometrial cancer in women include halibut, sardines and tuna. continue reading
PTSD is a physiological disorder that can result from being exposed to a traumatic event. The disorder results in several different symptoms including anxiety, irritability, insomnia and flashbacks. The effects of post-traumatic stress disorder in someone’s life can be far reaching. Feelings of hopelessness, shame and despair, problems at work or with relationships, serious health problems, depression, anxiety and drug or alcohol abuse are not uncommon. Getting help can be hard at first, but can have a great impact for helping PTSD. continue reading
For those with arthritis, exercise, no matter how little you do, is one of the best natural treatments. For those with severe arthritis, even the smallest amount of walking can make a difference. Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise for those with arthritis because it puts the least amount of impact on the joints. Strengthening exercises are also recommended to keep muscles and joints strong. 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
There are more than 80 chronic illnesses that are immune related including rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease, lupus, and celiac disease.
Autoimmune diseases result when the immune system mistakenly attacks its own body’s tissues. Immune deficiency is more common than most people think; around 20 percent of the population suffers from some form of an autoimmune disorder, according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association. continue reading