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Holistic Health Benefits of Acupuncture






Patrick Paine's first experience with acupuncture occurred when he became ill with the flu while travelling abroad after college. An acupuncturist promised to treat him, and reluctantly, but desiring to feel better, Patrick agreed to undergo treatment. Two days and two treatments later, the flu disappeared along with chronic pain in his shoulders that had troubled him for several years. This "new" healing process left a lasting impression, and unknown to Patrick at the time, led him to a career.

Well respected both in the East and the West, Five Branches Institute in Santa Cruz, CA. invites traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioners to the West, to teach and transmit their knowledge of Chinese medicine. After graduating from the Institute, Patrick then completed a study abroad program at Zhejiang College of traditional Chinese medicine in Hangzhou China. While overseas, he interned in Chinese hospitals and clinics witnessing first hand the effective and seamless juxtaposition of western medicine and acupuncture.

Dr. Paine practices a combination of different therapies including acupuncture, herbal medicine, acupressure and other less well known techniques such as moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, and qigong. Some of the noted benefits of acupuncture include pain relief, improved mood, better energy, enhanced healing response, and disease recovery. Since research began in the 1970s several major medical groups including the World Health Organization, The U.S. National Institute of Health, and the British Medical Association have all published statements acknowledging acupuncture's effectiveness in dissipating many common medical complaints and conditions.

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