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Helpful Tips About Acupuncture

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You increase your physical activity, sleep more and watch what you eat when you’re trying to lose a few pounds. To decrease your muscle soreness, you perform proper stretching exercises. If you want to feel less pain or fighting a medical condition, but you don’t want to use medication, what do you do? You can turn to Chinese medicine when your physician is at a loss to recommend an alternative treatment. Learn more in the article below.

Acupuncture offers gentile and natural relief!

Acupuncture offers gentile and natural relief!

Acupuncture may take some time to work. You have to go for a few different sessions for the full benefits of acupuncture. You won’t get all of the main effects if you only go one time. So, be patient, go to each session, and give it time to be effective.

Even if you are afraid of needles, you can see an acupuncture specialist as in our office we several other options. Effective acupuncture treatments can improve your life and decrease pain. Get pain relief through this 2,000 year healing art without letting anxiety get in your way. Beyond, getting rid of sickness, lets get well and read our post on well care.

Do not eat huge meals before you get treat. Your meal should be light so that you don’t get dizzy or nauseous, and don’t eat a full meal either. It can be hard to lay on your stomach when you have just eaten a lot.

If you want to try acupuncture but fear needles, ask the practitioner to use laser acupuncture. This is an alternative method involving laser light that places pressure on certain points along the body, instead of using needles. It is painless, and some find it to be quite effective.

Dr. Bennett will review any medications you are taking to determine if any of them are contraindicated during acupuncture and she will call your MD if needed.

If you are taking any medications that were prescribed to you by a medical doctor, it is important to make a list of them before going to see an acupuncturist. That will help your practitioner know how best to customize treatment especially for you.

Our practice uses holistic solutions including Acupuncture, Herbal Therapy and Functional Medicine to determine and treat the root cause of your medical issues. We want to help you start feeling better today. Click here to take advantage of our consultation offer  and find out just how much you can enjoy life with new found health and wellness.


Dr. Bennett checking a patient’s acupuncture pulse, reflecting organ function!


Dr. BennettAbout Acupuncturist Dr. Stefanie M. Bennett, LAc, Ph.D. – Holds both a master’s and a doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, plus two diplomats. She has completed additional training in functional medicine, herbal medicine, and applied clinical nutrition. She has been practicing in Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach for over 13 years. She can be reached at 714-962-5031 and new patients are welcome



Sick Care Versus Get Well Care

How to move from being sick, requires well care.

If you or someone you love have one of the many chronic health problems that people suffer from such as, heart disease, fibromyalgia, ulcers, chronic fatigue, and autoimmune disease—you will likely be given a drug to manage your symptoms and not much else. The key to successfully treating these conditions, however, is addressing their underlying cause and concurrently follow the treatment by medical providers. This is the promise of Chinese medicine (acupuncture and herbal medicine) and functional medicine- treat the underline elements. Providers like myself and medical providers need to work together, I do it here every day at our office.

Most patients are told that the causes of their condition are unknown and simply prescribed drugs to manage the symptoms. But is it really true that we don’t know what causes chronic illness? Certainly, there are particulars related to each specific illness that we don’t yet understand. But I would argue that we do, in fact, have a solid grasp on the most important factors that contribute to virtually all chronic diseases. Hence, it’s within our body’s innate ability and power to prevent, stop the progress, and in some cases reverse many of these conditions.

Presently in the midst of the most serious epidemic of chronic disease, we have ever faced. 50% of US adults are facing one or more chronic health conditions, and 25% have two or more. (1) 7 of the top 10 causes of death in 2010 were chronic diseases, and two of them—heart disease and cancer—together accounted for almost half of all deaths. (2)

The Functional Medicine With Acupuncture Model

In conventional medicine, focus is on diseases and the symptoms; it works “from the outside in”. For example, you undergo a physical exam exam and your blood tests reveal that you have “high cholesterol”. The most likely outcome in this situation is that you’ll be prescribed a statin, and in some cases be told to exercise more and eat better. There is rarely any serious investigation into what “caused” the high cholesterol in the first place. Many times an assumption is made it is your diet.

In acupuncture functional medicine, however, we work “from the inside out”. We pay less attention to the symptoms, and  attention to the pathology that produces those symptoms. High cholesterol is a symptom, not a pathology. The underline problems that can lead to high cholesterol include a combination of the following imbalanced QI (acupuncture term for energy), poor thyroid function, intestinal permeability, disrupted gut microbiome, chronic viral or bacterial infections, insulin and leptin resistance, and nutrient imbalances—few.


Stefanie Bennett, L.Ac., Ph.D.

Stefanie Bennett, L.Ac., Ph.D.

 Whether you have one or more conditions I will focus on the underline causes with acupuncture and functional medicine. Of course, I will pursue MD’s approval and work as a team. I have found most medical providers to be receptive to my co-management, especially since I have an extensive medical clinical background.

As you can see, this is a fundamentally different approach than what is typically done in the conventional setting.

Unfortunately, the acupuncture and functional medicine approaches are not completely embraced within the conventional health care model. But I believe that is changing. The prestigious Cleveland Clinic just launched a Center for Functional Medicine.

If you’re struggling with a chronic health problem and are interested in learning more about how this approach can help you, click here to schedule a meeting with me.


Acupuncturist, Dr. Strefanie M. Bennett, LAc, PhD

Acupuncturist, Dr. Strefanie M. Bennett, LAc, PhD

About Acupuncturist Dr. Stefanie M. Bennett, LAc,  PhD – Holds both a master’s and doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, plus two diplomats. She has completed additional training in functional medicine, herbal medicine, and applied clinical nutrition. She has been practicing in Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach for over 13 years. She can be reached at 714-962-5031 and new patients are welcome