Alameda Acupuncture Services
Acupuncture is a highly-individualized process that works with the body’s own internal resources to heal from the inside out. It can address disharmony at many levels, from emotional to physical and chronic to acute. Bespoke Wellness offers professional acupuncture services to help restore vitality to your everyday life. Our acupuncturist, Ruben Bomse brings a holistic lens and deep attention to each treatment.
Meet Our Acupuncturist
Emily Edmonds, L Ac, MSOM, Dipl. Ac NCCAOM, FABORM
Emily has deep roots and passion for natural medicine. By making use of the body’s own healing mechanisms, Emily is fascinated by the far-reaching ways acupuncture can treat various common chronic conditions. Emily suffered for years from her own chronic illnesses, including chronic migraines, and found that acupuncture combined with herbal medicine offered her lasting relief in ways modern medicine was unable to. Emily recognized that how health “looked” was different from how health “felt”. Emily was so impressed with Chinese medicine and its ability to heal the entire body rather than just one by one symptoms that she decided to leave behind her career as a chemical engineer in the biofuels industry to become a practitioner
Emily holds a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, California. Emily has completed training with Whitfield Reaves in Advanced Sports Medicine and is a fellow of The Acupuncture and TCM Board of Reproductive Medicine (ABORM), a highly esteemed organization certifying practitioners with a specialty in fertility, pregnancy, and women’s health. Emily’s clinical interests include infertility, pain management, thyroid, adrenal and endocrine health using nature’s medicine. Emily sees herself as a partner with her patients, guiding towards their healing and fertility
6 Benefits of Acupuncture
Acupuncture can treat all types of musculoskeletal pain. It has been known as an effective method of relieving chronic back, neck, or knee pain. People with joint pain, like those with arthritis, can benefit from acupuncture’s anti-inflammatory properties.
This effect has been extensively studied through double blind controlled experiments that have demonstrated significant improvement in conditions such as sciatica.
Acupuncture may be just as effective – and safer – than antidepressants for treating depression. The medications used to treat depression are often accompanied by unwanted side effects that can impact a patient’s daily life.
Numerous studies have reported positive findings in the treatment of anxiety disorders such as panic disorders, phobias, and PTSD. It can also treat other mood disorders including bipolar and manic disorders by regulating emotions and decreasing the severity of mood swings
Research shows that acupuncture can have up to 90 percent success rate at treating sleep disorders, like insomnia.
Chinese medicine aims to treat insomnia by understanding what type of insomnia a person is suffering from – i.e., difficulty falling or staying sleep, vivid dreams.
If you suffer from tension headaches, cluster headaches, or migraines, you may benefit from treatment with acupuncture.
In one study, patients with chronic headaches experienced the equivalent of 22 fewer days of a headache per year with acupuncture. They also used 15 percent less medication and made 25 percent fewer visits to the doctor
Acupuncture can treat some conditions related to hormone imbalance. It is probably best known for managing fertility and menstrual problems in women with hormonal imbalances.
Acupuncture can help decrease or relieve symptoms of premenstrual syndrome including pain, tenderness, acne, cramping, appetite changes, and insomnia. It can help women with fertility problems by regulating their cycles, restoring ovulation, and creating an ideal environment for implantation.
Acupuncture can treat all kinds of ailments related to pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum physical and emotional challenges. Acupuncture can treat back pain, sciatica, and other musculoskeletal pains related to pregnancy. It can also help with treating morning sickness.
When a woman is at her full-term, acupuncture can help prepare the body for and to induce labor. After giving birth, many women experience postpartum depression. Acupuncture is a safe and effective method for treating mood disorders after delivery.
An Exploration of Acupuncture
Discover how millions of people discover optimum health through Acupuncture.
Put simply, acupuncture is the insertion of fine, sterile needles at specific points to regulate the body’s energy flow and to treat a wide variety of ailments.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine form the cornerstones of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which has been practiced for over 2000 years. Acupuncture is based on the theory that the body’s vital energy, or Qi, sustains vitality. If this energy flow is disrupted, a person will experience pain or disease.
Acupuncture regulates the flow of Qi, and most people experience a profound relaxation during treatments. Modern research has shown that acupuncture works with the central nervous system to stimulate the release of endorphins, improve circulation, and enhance immune function.
The World Health Organization has recognized acupuncture as a treatment for many illnesses, and thousands of studies have shown its efficacy. You can find more information here https://www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org/acupuncture-scientific-evidence/
Acupuncture is highly effective for almost any condition that Western medicine can treat, and for many it is more effective.
Some of the most common ailments for which patients seek treatments are: headaches, back and joint pain, gynecological conditions, carpel tunnel syndrome, depression, insomnia, asthma, addiction, stroke, sexual dysfunction, bladder/kidney disorders, high blood pressure, immune system deficiency, colds and flu, side effects of surgery and chemotherapy.
Because the body is an integrated system, Acupuncturists diagnose the specific ailment based on a holistic assessment of your overall health.
The Acupuncturist will ask about your medical history, current condition, lifestyle, appetite, body temperature, pain patterns, etc. She will also check your tongue, posture, and skin color and take your pulse in both wrists for signs or organ or energy imbalance.
To ensure you get the most out of your acupuncture session, please wear loose, comfortable clothing that can be pulled above the knees, elbows and abdomen. If this is your first time coming for acupuncture at Bespoke, be sure to complete the initial intake form. This information allows for a much better chance of getting to the root of the issue and providing the best possible treatment.
In order to determine the best treatment for you, the acupuncturist will ask about your medical history and symptoms and perform a physical exam. With this information, he will determine where to insert needles as well as any additional useful modalities.
Most Acupuncture needles are made of very thin, flexible stainless steel. They are inserted just below the skin.
Patients sometimes experience a tingling sensation or heat, a sign that energy is flowing, but they do not typically feel pain. If you feel some discomfort, the Acupuncturist can usually adjust the needle to relieve the pressure.
Usually, patients see improvements immediately, and some conditions require only one visit. Acute conditions are often cured or alleviated in two to three visits, while chronic conditions may require five to fifteen.
Acupuncturists complete extensive, advanced professional and academic training in science and medicine.
In California, they are required to complete a Master’s degree from an approved school and pass a comprehensive state licensing exam, one of the most rigorous in the country.
Is Acupuncture Covered by Insurance?
Increasingly, insurance companies cover Acupuncture because it is effective and often less costly than Western medicine. California State MediCal and Workers’ Compensation both cover Acupuncture treatments.
Preparing for Your Appointment
Science of Acupuncture on BBC
First Time Acupunture with Oprah and Dr. Oz
Cosmetic Acupuncture (AKA the Acupuncture Facelift)
Is that great sense of humor of yours leaving you with some not-so-funny laugh lines? Well, a younger-looking face may lie at the end of some needles – acupuncture needles, that is. Cosmetic acupuncture is a powerful alternative to the traditional surgical facelift or the increasingly popular injections.
What cosmetic acupuncture does is “stir the energy pot”, bringing blood flow to the face and stimulating collagen production which is the key to youthful looking skin. A course of 12 treatments (twice a week for 6 weeks) will deliver a younger healthier you.
Acupuncture Facelifts involve insertion of tiny needles into specific points on the face to “enhance” one’s appearance to a more youthful glow. For many centuries women have been using all sorts of methods to reduce wrinkles, fine lines and crow’s feet on their faces. One of the safest and most effective methods of anti-aging is facial rejuvenation with acupuncture face lifts.
This minimally invasive, non-surgical technique has been around for many years as a well kept secret in Traditional Chinese Medicine used by both men and women to stimulate collagen, as well as plump and firm the face in order to minimize and eliminate fine lines and wrinkles.
Research has shown that a Cosmetic Acupuncture facelift can last 2-5 years. It is important to understand that the aging process continues during this time. Diet, lifestyle and illnesses can affect the length of the results. When a patient experiences a dramatic event in their life they can undergo a few treatments to help restore balance.
After the initial treatment maintenance is minimal. A treatment once every 4-6 weeks maintains the results you got. Or some patients choose to have the whole protocol once a year to revitalize the results and their whole body, mind and spirit as the Acupuncture Facelift benefits are more than just facial rejuvenation. Either way, you will see results and be very happy with The Acupuncture Facelift even after just one treatment!
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Acupuncture Facelift Series
A 12 treatment series that will take years off your appearance. Safer and more effective than botox or surgery. Come in for a consultation today and read more on the Acupuncture page of this website.
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