Acupuncture is an essential component in the treatment of all pain conditions. Below you will find a list of pain conditions that I have had success treating.
But acupuncture is also very valuable in the treatment of Internal Medicine complains, because it affects both the nervous system and the endocrine system directly, as well as neurotransmitters in the brain.
For example, in the treatment of digestive disorders like GERD, or gastritis, or chronic constipation, if you refer to recent research on the “Gut Brain Connection” see Scientific American Gut-Brain Connection Article you will get a glimpse of how acupuncture can help your digestive disorder.
Acupuncture and Pain
How Acupuncture Works for Pain:
Acupuncture is physical medicine, like Physical Therapy, Chiropractic and Massage. Acupuncture has been demonstrated to have very specific anti-inflammatory properties. The insertion of the fine, hairlike acupuncture needle into the body draws out inflammation from the local tissues around the needle by “de-polarizing” the inflamed tissue. That is, the needle has the opposite electrical charge as the inflamed tissue.
At the same time acupuncture stimulate the body’s secretion of cortisol from the adrenal glands into the blood stream. Cortisol is the body’s most powerful antiinflammatory, its own natural Cortisone. This reduces inflammation throughout the body. Acupuncture also causes the secretion of Endorphins, the body’s own opiate-like neurotransmitters. These help break the pain cycle, allowing muscles which have tightened up in response to pain to now relax.
A major component of many pain conditions are tight “hypertonic” muscles. This is the body’s natural, though counterproductive response to pain and inflammation. Placing needles in hypertonic muscles causes them to relax, allowing for increased blood circulation and pain relief.
Another component in pain conditions are the “trigger points,” specialized neuromuscular cells
that, when activated due to stress or mechanical factors like repetitive use or lifting a weight with a sudden jerky movement, refer pain through the body. Trigger points are the cause of about half of headache and body pains. Trigger points are effectively “deactivated” by the insertion of acupuncture needles.
Acupuncture treats far more than pain, however. In Chinese medicine, the energetic blueprint for disease is stagnation of Qi (a kind of bioelectricalmagnetic energy) that under ideal conditions flows unhindered through the 16 major channels or meridians in the body.
The beginning point for the creation of a diseased state is when the flow of Qi through its specific pathways (the channels) is obstructed. In the case of a uterine fibroid, for example, before there was a fibroid there was an obstruction of the qi-energy that should normally flow freely through the three channels that flow through the uterus. Due to unmitigated stress, chronic menstrual blood stagnation, attack of cold into the uterus, creation of excess heat in the uterus due to emotional factors, or due to a congenital abnormality, the free-flow of qi through the uterus was obstructed. This led to an obstruction of the blood (a denser form of qi) and then of fluids and other tissue until finally a fibroid was formed.
The treatment of disease with Acupuncture then, is based upon opening the flow of qi through the channels. This is like allowing more water to flow into an irrigation channel in order to remove a blockage created by mud, grass and debris.
This is what the placement of acupuncture needles into the proper locations on the channels does. It stimulates and unblocks the flow of qi, so that over time the pathological, disease and pain causing stagnation of substance, whether blood, fluid, heat or cold, will follow.
This is the basic mechanism by which we use acupuncture to treat so many diseases. If the qi obstruction is allowed to fester over the long term, then the whole body becomes fundamentally imbalanced. The hands and feet, which should be warm, become cold, the head which should be cool becomes hot, the digestive tract becomes inflamed, the mind can’t stop working at night, etc, etc. Where things should be relatively dry, they become damp (yeast infections, respiratory infections, digestive disorders), where they should be moist, they become dry (insomnia, psoriasis, tendonitis, menopause).
Here is a brief list of some of the non-pain conditions I have personally had success treating with acupuncture:
Gastrointestinal: Abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, indigestion, ulcers, esophageal reflux, and weight reduction, constipation, diarrhea
Internal: diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesteral, liver/gall bladder dysfunction, hepatitis, hemorrhoids,
Respiratory: Asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis, allergies, common cold and flu, smoking cessation.
Gynecological: Premenstrual syndrome, menopausal syndrome, menstraul pain and dysfunction, fibroids, cysts, endometriosis, menstrual migraine.
Genito-urinary and Reproductive: impotence, low libido, excess libido, prostatis, bladder infections, yeast infections.
Dermatological: Acne, psoriasis, eczema, herpes, shingles, dry skin
Immune System: Lupus, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, herpes, hiv related syndromes,
Stress Management: Hypertension, insomnia, inability to relax, memory loss, headaches.tension and migraine, addictions
Psychological: Anxiety, panic attack, depression, mania, eating disorders; anorexia, bulimia, overeating, addictions and substance cessation.
Conditions Treated by Acupuncture
- Sports’ InjuriesLigament and Joint Capsule SprainsMuscle and Tendon Strains
Shoulder Soft Tissue Injuries
Low Back and Neck Injuries
Surfers and Snow Boarders Bruise Injuries
Trigger Point Pain
- Repetitive Use Injuries/Worker’s Comp InjuriesCarpal TunnelTendonitis and Tenosyonovitis
Hand and Finger Pain and Numbness
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Brachial Plexus Syndrome
Nerve Impingement Syndromes
Neck and Low Back Pain
- Car AccidentWhiplashNeck Pain
Headache, Dizziness, Nausea following accident due to muscle pain
- Musculo-skeletalArthritis, Osteo and RheumatoidChronic stiffness in back and joints
Chronic tennis elbow
Chronic Low Back and Neck Pain
Headache, Tension and Migraine
- Neurological and Visceralstomach paintrigeminal neuralgia
post surgical pain
herpes simplex and zoster pain
I recently had some extreme back pain and leg pain which the doctor said was my sciatic nerve. Not having health insurance, and not wanting to take the shot in the spine that halts the pain, a friend who suffered from extreme migraines and hip pain, recommended, Mr. Shalom to me….after 2 treatments, I was able to sleep throughout the whole night and get back to work. He explained what every needle did and how it would alleviate my extreme pain. I am now a believer in Dry Needling and Chinese medicine. If you are suffering from any kind of back pain, I highly recommend giving him a shot, especially if you don’t have insurance, because he is far more cheaper than going to the hospital. 1,000 thanks Mr. Eyton Shalom-Male Patient, Sciatic Pain and Back Pain treated with Dry Needling and Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Female, 28 with Digestive Disorder, Insomnia, and Headaches
“I love Eyton! I went to Cabo almost a year ago and my digestive system hasn’t been the same since…no, it wasn’t montezuma’s revenge!!!Anyway, I have been to 3 different doctors and spent thousands of dollars on doctor visits, tests, prescriptions, etc. I was at my wits end so I decided to try “alternative” medicine. Eyton has been a miracle to my poor little stomach!!! He’s also helped with other things, sleep, headaches, etc. I sent my boyfriend there for his bad shoulder and he’s having the same success. Thanks to Eyton, i’m well on my way to being back to normal!! If you’re not too fond of putting chemicals in your body every time you get sick, consider Acupuncture/Chinese medicine/Ayurvedic medicine. I was skeptical about this but I was so desperate to try anything and I am shocked and amazed with my results so far. In my opinion, WHO you go to makes all the difference in your experience with doctors, dentists, acupuncturists, etc. Eyton has a ton of experience, he’s passionate about his work and he is extremely knowledgeable. He’s very calming and easy to talk to. I love it!!”
Male, 51, Computer Programmer, Chronic Neck and Shoulder Pain treated with Dry Needling and Acupuncture.
“I love this guy. He is educated, knowledgeable familiar with both Eastern and Western medicine, fun and interesting to talk to, and most critical of all, was able to help heal my problem: a painful, stiff neck that had been unhealed for over 7 weeks (from a headstand in yoga). I was very concerned that I’d have to go to a “regular” doctor and get x-rays, cortisone injections, maybe surgery…After realizing a beach area community acupuncture clinic did not inspire confidence or provide real relief for what I thought was a “pinched nerve” – I realized I needed someone with a more in-depth and experienced approach. I found Eyton.
… he educated me about what was likely happening in my neck, and helped heal the problem with his very precisely targeted needles. There’s no point in saving money if your reason for going isn’t addressed.
He was also convenient to where I live, being just south of Balboa Park area.
As a bonus, he has an interest in herbs and can recommend various teas, herbs and herbal supplements.
He also talks with you, gets to know you, and looks at the whole picture, whereas the other clinic just had me fill out a form and chatted with me for about 5 minutes.”
Female, Artist and Metal Worker with Swollen Tongue, Eczema, Back spasms, Ovarian Cysts
“A few years back I had a weird affliction. My tongue was swollen for no apparent reason, for two weeks. I went to an allergist, a dentist, a dermatologist and my regular doctor and no one could figure out why my dang tongue was swollen. My sister, a regular patient of Eyton, recommended I check him out. Never having tried acupuncture before and already sick of trying to figure out what was wrong with my tongue, I was wary but went ahead and made an appointment with him.Of one the first things Eyton said to me was “The tongue is the flower of the heart,” and I knew I had met someone I would get along with, a poetic and gentle soul. He was attentive and gentle with the needles, explaining to me at each point what he was doing and why. I was sooo relaxed.
After my first session my tongue returned to normal size. (HA! There is a sentence that is rarely ever written!) I slept better than I had in weeks and knew I had found someone to make a part of my life in terms of health and physical maintenance.
Since that first session Eyton has treated me for eczema, back spasms, ovarian cysts and various other ailments. My entire family has seen him as well and we all love him. He knows how to connect to a person and help them communicate what they need help with. I recommend him highly.”
Male Patient, Sciatic Pain and Back Pain treated with Dry Needling and Chinese Herbal Medicine.
“I recently had some extreme back pain and leg pain which the doctor said was my sciatic nerve. Not having health insurance, and not wanting to take the shot in the spine that halts the pain, a friend who suffered from extreme migraines and hip pain, recommended, Mr. Shalom to me….after 2 treatments, I was able to sleep throughout the whole night and get back to work. He explained what every needle did and how it would alleviate my extreme pain. I am now a believer in Dry Needling and Chinese medicine. If you are suffering from any kind of back pain, I highly recommend giving him a shot, especially if you don’t have insurance, because he is far more cheaper than going to the hospital. 1,000 thanks Mr. Eyton Shalom”
Female Patient with Eczema, Acne, and Shoulder Pain
“What a wonderful acupuncturist and herbalist. I felt like this was the first time i went to a Dr. who took the time to really see what my problems were.I first went to Eyton for my shoulder pain, which was gone really quickly.
I did not even know then he could help me with other things.I have had eczema and acne for the past 5-6 years, and both are about 90% gone. Really happy about that.My mom and I are both regulars now, and even my dad is thinking of going. I will believe that when I see it, but one can always hope!thanks Mr. E.”
Male, 28, U.S. Navy, Disc Pain, Low Back Pain, Sciatic Pain, and Shoulder Pain, treated with Dry Needling.
“…I was back at the gym and my trainer saw me working out and was surprised. I told him, hey, after my first treatment of myofascial dry needling I was pain free, after the second treatment I was doing squats with low weight, and now, after the third treatment I am back to squats with my normal weight. He couldn’t believe, but I told him, hey, the proof is in the pudding. Hey, Dr. Shalom, thanks a lot, I am really glad I came in, and those Chinese herbs you gave me for the insomnia have definitely made me more relaxed and falling asleep more easily. I will be in touch after my leave to resume where we left off…”
Beau, 45, U.S. Marines, Retd., ex-Professional Rugby Player, Chronic Shoulder Pain treated with Dry Needling
“…Eyton, I can’t believe it, man, that’s like, what, 20 years of funk in my shoulder, gone. And believe me, I had plenty of use of my shoulder this weekend working security at the concert, heavy metal band. Next treatment let’s work on knees. Your the man, man!…”
Christina, 28, Classical Chinese Acupuncture to Induce Labor
Thanks for checking up on us, Dr. Shalom. I actually went into labor in the car on the way home from the acupuncture treatment. We went to the hospital an hour later, and I had a really easy labor. Our daughter was born within a couple of hours. Thanks so much, I felt so much more relaxed after the treatment.
Jennifer, 33, Realtor, Anxiety, Nausea, Bloating, Loss of Appetite, Neck Pain, PTSD, Insomnia treated with Japanese Style Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
I am writing this testimonial for my acupuncturist Eyton Shalom because even though this is only my after my second visit, I am already feeling so much better. I have not been anxious at all, my digestion has been good, no nausea or bloating, and my appetite is back. I also have had no neck pain and havn’t felt the need to keep cracking it or trying to. My sleep is all right, but could still be better, and I am looking forward to that improving, if the rest of these symptoms are any guide…Thanks very much Eyton
Keith, 47, Travel Agent, Shoulder Scapula Pain and Repetitive Stress Pain treated with Dry Needling and Classical Chinese Acupuncture
“Hi Eyton! I feel amazing. I can’t wait to come back….the relief you have provided in 2 visits is still a bit mind-boggling to me but I’m rolling with it! Just wish I had found you a dozen years ago…” “The trigger points (yes plural and MULTIPLE) that have been hiding out and evading release from my frequent massage appointments were no problem for Eyton to find. It feels like he is literally re-wiring my musculature with his pinpoint precision. When he hits one and my muscle spasms and releases, it is like years of pain and being released….”
Erin, 27, Psychologist, Hormonal Acne treated with Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, and Ayurvedic Medicine
“Hey eyton! Just wanted to send you an update on my skin! It has been so much better! I also cut out soy, so between possibly that and the new supplements. My skin has been better even despite my period! So happy!!”
Name Witheld, 26, U.S. Navy, Headache and Excessive Sweating, Treated with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
Eyton I can’t thank you enough for getting me back to normal in just three weeks when the Physical Therapist said it could take a year. For your future patients: I had heat stroke 3 months ago during my BUDS training. My temperature was 106 degrees. I could have, of course, died. Nine weeks later (three weeks ago) I still had blurry vision, dizziness, mental fog, did not feel like myself, and felt like my brain was bouncing around in fluid when I exercised. I had what I can only describe as a band of fuzziness around my head, like a headache. Rapid movement of my head made me feel as I were hungover. I also still was very intolerant of heat, I could not exercise outdoors at all. I also sweat like a pig with the slightest bit of exercise. I felt constantly dehydrated, even though I was not, and would be totally drenched with just 30 sit ups and 30 push ups, and also exhausted.
After the first acupuncture treatment I already felt like the blurry vision was gone, and 90% less conscious of my brain in my head, and basically like I was on the way to my old self again. Now, after the fourth treatment, the changes in my diet you suggested, and 3 weeks of American Ginseng, Cordyceps, and the other Chinese Herb formula you prescribed, my sweating is back to normal, actually the P.T. did a test and my sweating is better than normal, my heat tolerance is normal, I have begun exercising again out doors in the sun, my headaches are totally gone, I have no issues to speak of really, have been training really hard to get back into the mix. I am very grateful to you, and have my old optimism back about fulfilling my lifelong dream.
Bella, 31, Piano Teacher, PMS and Menstrual Pain treated with Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture
Holy crap! These things work. It says two pills three times a day, I was just doing 1 pill three times a day. I noticed within a day….less to almost no pain. That is huge since I would normally be bed ridden or have to take 800-1000mg of Ibprofen. Wanted to share. Thank you!
Ken, 62, Entrepreneur. Vertigo, Constipation, and Chest Pain treated with Acupuncture (Three Treatments) and Chinese Herbs
“Eyton, the vertigo is 95% better, the nausea is gone completely, my sleep is good now, and so is the constipation. The sternum feels ok, and driving is easier. Still a tiny bit of vertigo if i look too quickly over my shoulder, like changing lanes. I look forward to our next appointment so we can tame this beast the rest of the way. Thanks for all your help so far.
Joanne, 29, Attorney, Vertigo and Shoulder Pain treated with Classical Chinese Acupuncture, Dry Needling, and Cupping. No Herbs.
“Hey Eyton, I just wanted you to know after the last treatment my Vertigo is finally all gone. No more nausea, none of the room spinning stuff. In fact, my husband and I went dancing on the weekend, woo! hoo! My shoulder feels great, as usual after the treatment. Back to tennis! Have a great week, Joanne”
Aaron, 24, Waiter, Landscaper, and Capoeira Practitioner, Piriformis and IT Band pain treated with Dry Needling and Cupping
“…the pain is all gone after that treatment, I can’t believe it. And I have great mobility now in my leg. I can’t wait for the next treatment to do the other side. I was sore after the treatment, but it was so worth it. It went away after a day. Thanks, man.”
Brenda, 45, Fatigue, Weight Gain, Bloating, Leg Swelling, treated with Acupuncture, Nutrition, and Herbal Medicine
Hi Eyton! Thank you so much so far. I am feeling so much less tight in my body, and the bloating and swelling are so much better. As to my energy levels, I FEEL LIKE I AM IN MY 20’S AGAIN!!!I HAVE TONS OF ENERGY! I look forward to our continued success. Thanks very much, see you next Monday.”
Sandra, 32, Psychologist, Wrist Pain treated with Dry Needling and Acupuncture
“Eyton, I just wanted to let you know that my wrist feels great. It hasn’t hurt since the acupuncture treatment. That is amazing. I had been having pain for over a week. Thanks so much…”
Korrine, 36, System’s Engineer and Mom– Pain, Stiffness, and Numbness in Thumb and Index Finger treated with Dry Needling
“…thanks for following up Eyton. I feel great, that one treatment did the job. I have the full range of movements back in my finger, and the numbness and stiffness is totally gone. I will certainly return if anything else comes up. Thanks very much, Korrine.”
Brett B, Minor League Baseball Pitcher, 26, Shoulder Pain treated w/Myofascial Dry Needling
“…thanks Eyton for all your help. The shoulder feels great, all the pain and tightness is gone, and I feel like like I am throwing with power again. Amazing. Wish I had tried this when I was younger. I like the exercises you showed me too.
Here’s to a great summer moving up, wish me luck. See you next winter.”
Kevin, 26, U.S. Navy, Buds Program– Chronic Shoulder Pain after Torn Labrum Surgery, treated with Dry Needling and Myofascial Chinese Acupuncture
Saw huge improvements in shoulder mobility and range of motion yesterday. Did 20 dips in a row completely pain free which is a first in over a year. I’ll be out of town the next week or so but will be in touch when I get back to get another session in. Thanks for the help!
Ryan, 27, MBA and Body Builder with Chronic Shoulder, Neck, and Low Back Pain treated wit Dry Needling and Myofasical Chinese Acupuncture
“….the neck pain is about 95% better so far, and the shoulder pain disappeared after the last treatment. I am very pleased and look forward to continued improvement. I like the corrective exercises you showed me, too. Thanks, Eyton.”
Female, 27, Landscaper. Cystic Acne and Heavy, Painful Periods treated with Chinese Herbs, Ayurveda, and Classical Chinese Acupuncture
Eyton Shalom helped my friend with her acne and PMS, so I thought why not try it and see how it goes? My skin was so bad it was painful, inflammed, with some really deep zits and lots of whiteheads. Eyton explained to me carefully about my diet and put me on a detox regimen. I had two acupuncture treatments in quick succession and started taking my Chinese and Ayuvedic herbs for Acne, and began using the Ayurvedic masks Eyton recommended, with some tea tree oil and turmeric. I am so excited. My skin calmed down right away and felt way less pain and heat. Within about 3 weeks the whiteheads were about 80 percent better and the cysts gone. Now its about 2 months; my skin is not yet perfect, but it is about 85% better. I have, with Eyton’s help, begun to notice the link between my flareups and how I am doing emotionally. I am pretty excited; my skin has been like this since I was 13….
Male, 52, Safety Director Concert Tours, Shoulder Pain and Insomnia treated with Dry Needling and Chinese Acupuncture
“I have to tell ya that you are a Genious !! My shoulder is feeling incredible ! Had to put it to the test a few times since ya poked me . First good sleep in years . Didn’t realize how much I hurt till the pain was gone….”
Male Patient with Migraine Headaches
“Recently, I started having these severe migraine headaches. I tried all the pain killers and headache medicine and it wouldn’t go away for a week. After self diagnoses and research I figured out it was a Cluster headache that was triggered.
One day it was so extreme, that I need to see an acupuncturist. I found Eyton, and a appointment was scheduled that same day. After we discussed what was going on, he started his work. He was professional, friendly and most of all listened and inquired regarding my lifestyle.
After my second session with him, my symptoms were gone. If you’re looking for reputable, professional, acupuncturist you can build a relationship with, then Eyton Shalom is the man for the job.”
Female, 27, Graphic Artist, treated with Classical Chinese Herbal Medicine, Dietary Therapy, and Acupuncture for Knee pain, Hormonal Acne, Eczema, and IBS.
I began my healing journey with Eyton Shalom for the treatment of an acute knee injury. I had dislocated my patella playing soccer and my knee was in pretty bad shape. His acupuncture treatments were highly effective in reducing inflammation and minimizing pain during the rehab process. While my knee was healing, I began to work with Eyton on some longer term chronic health issues as well. He has treated me for irritable bowel syndrome, helping to improve my digestion with a combination of acupuncture, Chinese medicine/herbs and Ayurveda, including nutrition advice and supplements. His treatments have also helped to minimize my anxiety, balance my hormones (he’s a lifesaver when I’ve been struggling with PMS), and reduce skin inflammation including acne and eczema. I’ve been to a number of acupuncturists and herbalists over the past 15 years, and what I love about Eyton (and what keeps me coming back month after month!) is his expertise in a combination of holistic approaches and his kindness in care. He is genuinely interested in my health and well-being, and every treatment is catered to my exact needs at that day in time. I always leave his office feeling rejuvenated, balanced and relaxed, and the long term benefits of my treatments with him are quite evident. My skin has never looked more radiant and my digestion is the best it has been in years. I recommend you visit Eyton for any health challenge you need support with – he’ll know exact the right combination of treatments to support your whole body healing.
Marion H., 20, Cystic Acne, treated with Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and Ayurvedic Nutrition
“….i am flared up much less, and the flares are no longer hard or painful. My period was not so heavy this month and I had no cramps, yea! Usually my skin is worse before my period, but this time I had only one or two zits, and my skin did not feel so sensitive. I will continue with the Ayurvedic clay mask, the essential oil thing, and the herbs. Oh, also, my digestion is feeling so much better, thanks. See you soon, Dr. E!…”
Male Patient with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
“After reading all the great reviews, I decided to go to Eyton Shalom for my IBS. I was desperate for help, and was willing to try anything…including being a human pin cushion. Eyton had a way of reassuring me from the start. He took the time to REALLY listen to me, and I never once felt rushed. He really cares for his patients, and has the experience to help them. I am so thankful I found him and that he set me on the path I needed to begin healing. Oh, and the pin cushion thing, didn’t hurt a bit! Eyton is the best, & I highly recommend him!!”
Female, 34, Attorney, Ulcerative Colitis, Treated with Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Ayurvedic Nutrition
“I don’t know how to thank you Dr. Shalom. When I first came in one month ago I could not leave the house because of diarrhea 12 times per day. I had a lot of pain and scary blood in the toilet. Three treatments and two bottles of herbs later I go twelve hours between bowel movements, the pain and blood are gradually less, and almost down to minimal, and the stool itself is more well formed. I look forward to further gains, and can’t thank you enough. All the best, Elaine G”
Male, 44, Contractor, Treated for Weight Loss and Fatigue with Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine and Integrative Health Counseling
I wanted to follow up and let you know that I have completed the herbal supplements program. I have seen a drastic improvement in my body, I have lost over 35lbs, my blood, overall health and body feels clean and pure…. I will follow up with you about the acupuncture treatment soon.
Female Patient with Allergies & Stomach Issues
“When I met Eyton for the first time I was more than desperate.. I had been going through hell with stomach issues. My regular MD had me go through a battery of the usual test, food allergies, blood work, finally a colonoscopy. Yuck! I was so stressed I didn’t dare even go out to dinner or take a walk at the beach for fear I wouldn’t make it to a bathroom. A friend referred me to Eyton and I saw a big improvement after just one session. I have continued to see him and after a few months am getting my life back. Eyton is unique in the fact that he listens carefully to your story including anything else emotionally or in your diet that may go along with or aggravate your situation. He gets down to the bottom of it and helps you feel very heard, and puts you at ease. I would recommend him to anyone who would like to have a caring and understanding person on their side. Relieved!”
Brenda, 44, Female Patient with Eczema
“Most impressively, I’ve never had a health professional ask me so many questions about my medical history as Eyton Shalom did. Instead of having to complete a generic form, I dictated my answers while he wrote them down. He explained the pertinence of the questions and how it tied into Natural Healing and Chinese Medicine.
The main reason for my visit was because of eczema, something I’ve had on my hands for over 20 years. Eyton explained to me how, in Chinese medicine, the digestive system and lungs directly affect the skin. Besides providing acupuncture and Ayurvedic therapy, he sent me a special handout on eczema via email (which expressed how he thought about me after our visit). Throughout the entire visit, Dr. Shalom made sure I didn’t have any questions and insured that I was most comfortable, especially since this was my first acupuncture session. Within just one week, I was elated to see how quickly my hands started improving in both texture and appearance.
I’ve since seen the doctor for typical work-related tension and stress in my hands and shoulders. I couldn’t believe the relief I felt instantly after the acupuncture treatment (something hour-long sessions of deep tissue massage could not even compare to).
I am now a strong believer in the powers of natural healing and highly recommend Body Mind Wellness Center for any ailment you may be suffering. Shalom!”
Simone, mother of Andrea, 22, Developmentally Disabled, Treated with Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine for Severe Anxiety and Anger Issues
“…I am so pleased with the progress my daughter is making with your treatment. My whole family loves the Emperors Calming tea you have suggested for Andrea. Her mood is much improved and her destructive behaviors have lessened quite a bit. Thanks so much!
Female Patient with Chronic Neck Pain and Headaches
“I thought I would have headaches and neck pain for the rest of my life since I had tried everything to fix them with no luck. I didn’t understand or believe in acupuncture before I tried it. I had had several people recomend it to me but wouldn’t try it until all hope had been lost and I tried it as a last ditch effort. I feel silly for being so stubborn. Eyton has been the first any only person or technique to give me relief from my pain. I rarely get headaches anymore and when I think I might, I make an appointment and my problems are solved. Eyton is not only very skilled at what he does he is also a pleasure to visit and joke with. I would and do highly recomend him to anyone with pain and discomfort.”
Jimmy, Software Engineer, Qualcomm, treated with Dry Needling and Acupuncture for Whiplash and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
“I was introduced to Eyton several years ago by a friend following a minor automobile accident for whiplash treatment. Since then, Eyton has gone on to treat me for minor aches and pains, including chronic neck pain and a minor bout with carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s amazing, after a needling treatment that the pain is like magically gone afterwards.
I have found Eyton to be very patient and a wonderful acupuncturist. His knowledge of Ayurvedic medicine has been very helpful for me too. The Chinese herb combination that he has recommended for me has helped take control of an irritating dry patchy skin condition which I am very grateful for (because it used to itch itself raw).
I strongly recommend Eyton to anyone seeking acupuncture or Ayurvedic treatment. I bet after one visit, you’ll be back for more.”
Alex G., Technical Writer, treated with Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture for Chronic Neck Pain and Ear Infections after Surfing
“Eyton is an excellent acupuncturist and herbalist. I swear by his patented Surfers Formula, which I use every time I go surfing in cold water. Ask him about it. He listens and is honest and has helped me with chronic neck and back pain and has given me very helpful herbs nutritional advice for my children, age 3 and 6. I no longer get worried when my children get an ear infection, and I do not worry about over-medicating them with antibiotics thanks to Eyton’s skill and insight.”
Mariella, Homemaker, treated with Dry Needling and Acupuncture for Sciatica
“I recently had some extreme back pain and leg pain which the doctor said was my sciatic nerve. Not having health insurance, and not wanting to take the shot in the spine that halts the pain, a friend who suffered from extreme migraines and hip pain, recommended, Mr. Shalom to me.
Never having been to an acupuncturist, I had my doubts. But after 2 treatments, I was able to sleep throughout the whole night and get back to work. He made me feel very comfortable as anyone could with something I had never tried before. He explained what every needle did and how it would alleviate my extreme pain. I am now a believer in Chinese medicine. If you are suffering from any kind of back pain, I highly recommend giving him a shot, especially if you don’t have insurance, because he is far more cheaper than going to the hospital. 1,000 thanks Mr. Eyton Shalom!!!!”
Male Patient Seen to Balance Body
“Eyton is an expert in acupuncture, herbal remedies to support acupuncture and ayurvedic theory and cooking. He has helped me balance my body and when I felt something was off. He is highly skilled. While on unemployment, I once tried a “community acupuncture clinic” that was $25. They might have done a 1/4 or less of what Eyton does. He hits everything. They only did what’s called the distal system: what like arms and legs, anything they can do with your clothes on and rolled up sleeves and pants. Eyton gets many more points head to toe, front and back, with amazing results. I highly recommend him and he is of the highest integrity.”
Female Patient with Chronic Pain
“Eyton is an amazing accupuncturist, herbalist and healer. Over the past 16 years he has helped me with chronic pain that no longer exists. He has also assisted me and my family with various ailments with great success. In the beginning i was skeptical and afraid of this alternative medicine and now I feel that way about western medicine and always turn to Eyton first.”
Female Patient with Hip Pain, Shoulder Pain, Menstrual Issues, and Depression
“I heartily encourage anyone to seek Eyton for treatment of your symptoms! He has Jedi Master Skills and senses just where to place those thin needles to release your pain. He has the skills and knowledge to provide incredible relief in a short time. When I lived in San Diego, I saw Eyton on a regular basis for various ailments. Always resulting in a relief of symptoms and many times complete elimination of pain. I often fell asleep on the treatment table, with multiple needles inserted, it’s that relaxing! Eyton’s “magic touch” is one of the top 3 things I miss about living in San Diego, right after the temperate climate and my family. I learned of Eyton’s services through a co-worker, Joanne. I saw a noticeable improvement in her menopausal symptoms and asked what she was doing. Joanne encouraged me to see Eyton to alleviate my constant hip pain, “If Eyton can help me with menopause, I’m certain he can rid you of that pain.” I was skeptical at first; however, Joanne’s cheerful attitude and endorsement motivated me. After the first treatment my pain was gone! No drugs, expensive injections or long term physical therapy, none of which had provided any relief. I was pleasantly surprised to find the needling was not painful per se. Sometimes a small sting initially which disappeared quickly. Over the years, I sought Eyton’s treatments for other disorders, shoulder injury, painful menstruation symptoms and even depression and stress. I referred my mother to Eyton for her post brain surgery vertigo. She was amazed to see immediate relief and dismayed she had suffered so many years without relief from traditional western medicine.”
Male Patient, 62, with Inflammatory Condition treated with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
“I met Eyton many years ago in which he helped my husband with an inflammatory condition in which no medical doctor could resolve this problem. I cannot express in words the gratitude I feel towards Eyton. Not only an extremely skilled acupuncturist, but an extremely intelligent man with a sense of humor. I would highty recommend his services and feel blessed to have him in our life.”
Male Patient, 55, Systems Engineer, with Tendonitis and Chronic Shoulder Pain from Computer Use treated with Dry Needling and Acupuncture
“When I consulted Eyton regarding hand and shoulder pain from 25 years of working with computers, he asserted that 2 sessions of acupuncture could help immensely. Frankly, I was surprised when his prediction came true, but he was not. “How can 5000 years of Eastern Medicine be wrong. Come back in another 25 years!” The fact that the atmosphere is relaxed and the music exotic makes Eyton’s practice extra attractive. Thank you, Eyton, for your confidence, expertise, and humor.”
Female Patient Treated for Fertility, Morning Sickness and Insomnia
“I have known Eyton for over 15 years. I have used acupuncture for fertility treatment, for morning sickness, stress, not being able to sleep, aches & pains from working out, old injuries & new. He is an outstanding healer with expertise in acupuncture & Chinese medicine/herbs, nutrition, Ayurveda medicine & healing, meditation & an overall excellent mentor. Out of all the alternative medicine & healing I have used, his methods always give me excellent & quick results. He is San Diego best kept secret & I highly recommend him without any reservations.”
Female Patient treated for Health and Well Being
“I began seeing Eyton for acupuncture. Eyton is extremely knowledgeable, caring and skilled. He really takes the time to get to know you so that he can treat the issue, not just the symptoms. I highly recommend him to anyone looking to improve their health and well being.”
Male 65, Attorney, Chronic Leg Pain following Prostate Surgery
“I am so pleased. I have been suffering from this darned leg pain for the past year and a half, and it has effected my sleep and kept me from exercising. I just wish I had tried acupuncture sooner, but at least i am glad I did now. 100% better! No pain, no stiffness and best thing is I am back in the gym. I am excited to try your methods now for the Erectile Dysfunction we had talked about. Thank you so much E.”
Female, 52, Office Worker/Artist with IBS, GERD, and Foot Pain
“…i think both the acupuncture and the chinese herbs you gave me have done the trick. my explode-a-butt is gone, as is the heart burn/GERD, unless i really overeat something like potato chips or mexican food. the foot pain is much better, i can’t wait to see how it is when i go out salsa dancing this weekend….”
Female, 26, Chronic Sinusitis and Sinus Headache Migraine
‘…Good Morning Eyton,
My sinus pressure is gone and my sinus’ have been draining like crazy. I don’t know if it has to do with the magnesium pills or the points you worked on last night but I feel a whole lot better.
Female, 34, Acute Stress Induced Acne treated with Neem
I spoke with you a while ago on the phone for a few minutes and you suggested I try Neem for acne that I’ve never had before ..thank you so much! . Nobody besides yourself had answers or solutions unless they were antibiotic or hormones. Now I know That stress is what triggers the outbreak but I take the Neem when I need to and helps so much, and allows me to be free of something more harmful that really isnt fixing the underlying problem…I really was searching all over before your suggestion, so, Thank You!”
Female, 31, Hair Stylist: Asthma, Frequent Colds, and Tendinitis
Eyton, Thank you deeply for the patience, practice and committment to the preventative health of my community of friends and family who have also come to see you. I have only felt better and happier since knowing you. Here is to another year, M
Female, 37, Elementary School Teacher: Hives (Urticaria), Sciatic Pain
Eyton Shalom cured my hives. About a year ago I developed a severe case of hives. It is safe to say that on my worst days about 60% of my body was covered with large welts that itched intensely. In time my body became immune to the prescription medications and they no longer provided any relief, I was also worried about the potential harm these medications might cause my liver. I’m sure you can imagine I was suffering both physically as well as mentally. Incidentally, about this same time I herniated my disc while exercising. I ended up in ER, was given pain pills and began physical therapy which I did not believe was helping at all.
Eyton carefully explained exactly what was happening to my body. Regarding the hives he told me that I had an extreme heat condition. This sounded reasonable because not only did my hives itch intensely but they were in fact hot. By my second treatment the hives began to subside, also I felt more peaceful. I have not had a single outbreak of hives in several months. Eyton is also treating me for my sciatica and I am happy to say that I am once again hiking and working out at the gym.
Female, 47, CEO and Mother of Two Children: Ulcerative Colitis, Neck, and Back Pain
There are gifted acupuncturists and ones that have no effect. Eyton is the best. I started seeing him for ulcerative colitis. Kaiser wanted to remove my colon and instead I saw Eyton and after some time it went away. I’ve since seen him for many other ailments and he is always helpful, caring, and knowledgeable.
Female, 27, Graphic Designer: Acne and Stress
“I am extremely grateful for your help. My acne has completely cleared up, which was an amazing transformation! And the fact that you truly listened to me and my concerns was so refreshing compared to most interactions I’ve had with other “professionals” the health industry.
That said, I will definitely reach out if I have any acute injuries or other maladies. And I will certainly send anyone I know looking for acupuncture and Chinese medicine your way. Thank you so so much for being so kind and listening to me when I needed it most!
With deepest gratitude…”
Female, 77, Retired Accountant, Grandmother: Lifetime Chronic Severe Constipation
“Dear Dr. Shalom, You are a miracle. It is just so wonderful to be able to go to the bathroom every morning, and not to have to be taking laxatives. I wish I had known 50 years ago that you could cure constipation with Chinese Acupuncture! I felt so much better after the second acupuncture session, and I really like the gentle herbs you recommended and the magnesium fumarate. Thanks again from the bottom of my heart.”
Moxibustion and Cupping
Moxibustion and Cupping are common treatments used to relieve all kinds of muscular and fascial pains, such as you see in arthritis, neck, shoulder, forearm, upper and lower back pain.
But heat also “moves the qi,” and the moxa leaves being spicy, have a very “yang” nature, so that they can also strongly open channels, especially when blocked by cold, and relieve pain caused by Qi and blood stasis,Cold and Dampness. It is also used to warm the Uterus in cases of pain due to cold and blood stasis.
Asthma, Diarrhea, Rheumatic pain, abdominal pain, vomiting, certain Gynecological disorders, any kind of pain due to cold or deficiency and deficient organ function are some of the main disorders treated with Moxa.
The Moxa plant, in Chinese called Ai Ye is a member of the Artemesia family,and flourishes throughout China and is therefore relatively cheap. The fresh leaves are picked in the Spring and dried in the sun. The dried leaves are then ground into a fine powder or moxa ‘wool.’
In Chinese Medicine moxa-bustion is especially popular in fall and winter, when it is used to warm the channels and strengthen the organ complexes, especially the Adrenal-Digestive axis (Kidney-Spleen). In fact, it is so much a part of our work, that in Chinese, Acupuncturists are actually called Acupuncture-Moxabustionists.
There are hundreds of varieties of moxa. One is the stick type you can get at any Chinese Herb shop. It is easy to do at home and I often recommend you incorporate it as part of your self-help program.
What you do is light a moxabustion stick and hold it close enough to your skin so as to feel heat without burning. Do this at the locations Zu San Li, San Yin Jiao, Qi Hai and Zhong Wan. Have someone else do it at the space between your physical Kidneys around the 2nd Lumbar vertabrae. What I do in my acupuncture practice here in San Diego is show people the locations, so they can do it at home, first thing in the morning, once or twice a weak.
Acupuncture “points” are actually caves. They are depressions in the surface of the body where the Qi of the channels is easily influenced. The idea is to warm these spaces gradually and deeply; moxa-bustion should feel pleasant, even wonderful. Regular moxabustion (once a fortnight) before and during the winter season will prevent colds and remedy arthritic and other types of pains. In most circumstances application of moxa is beneficial anywhere there is pain. Please check with a licensed practitioner first, before usiing Moxa at home for any condition, however.
Moxa sticks are cheap–a dollar for a large cigar sized stick of compressed “moxa” (common name mugwort, latin artemesia vulgaris, Mandarin Chinese ai ye ). To extinguish your moxa stick dip the burning end into some water or sand. Break this carbonized part off next use. Moxa is one of the best self-help tools in Chinese medicine
Cupping is a method of treating disease that is caused by local congestion. A partial vacuum is created in a cupping jar, usually by means of heat, which is then applied directly to the skin. The underlying tissue is drawn up into the jar forming an area of blood stasis. This appears to bruise the area, or at least turn it a bright red. The amount of dark red or even purple blood drawn to the surface indicates the degree of stagnation. Dark blood is a sign of stagnation, which in many cases in modern terms is the amount of toxins in the blood. There are some pictures of cupping in the slide show on my home page.
I like to use cupping to relieve all kinds of muscular and fascial pains, such as you see in arthritis, neck, shoulder, forearm, upper and lower back pain. It is great for all kinds of sports injuries from sprains to tendinitis. I often combine cupping with the application of Chinese Herbal Liniments which come from the Chinese Martial Arts traditions. These are called Dit Dat Jiao, and are a very affective way to increase blood circulation to an area and reduce inflammation and draw toxins like lactic acid out of the tissues.
Preparing for your Acupuncture Appointment - Important Please Read
Acupuncture is best done when a person is not hungry, and has also not just eaten. If you are coming after work, and very hungry, please have a light snack. Preparing for your acupuncture appointment will help you get the most from your treatment.
Perfume, cologne, and scented hair products and lotions:
Please try not to use anything with fragrances on your treatment day. Definitely do not put on any perfume immediately before your appointment. There are two reasons for this.
First, part of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine diagnosis is to notice a particular body odor. Don’t worry, its OK. I am a doctor and used to people’s smell.
Second, some of my patients are chemically sensitive, and can have allergic reactions to perfumes and perfumed products, even if they seem “all natural.” Commerical perfumes are actually quite unhealthy, containing petroleum by-products called Pthalates, which disrupt endocrine systems, among other problems.. Perfume companies also include chemical fixatives in their product to make them last longer on your body; the problem is these same fixatives cause the perfumes to remain in a room long after you leave. Thank you so much for understanding.
Time of appointment:
As I see one person at a time, it is not necessary to come early for your appointment. Just being on time is perfect.
Your time has been reserved for you and you alone. Please give at least 24 hours notice if you need to reschedule so as to avoid charges for an office visit. Thank you for understanding.
There will be a tiny intake form when you come in. I prefer to get all additional information through questioning. But if you would like to answer the following questions and print them out or paste them into an email, that will give us a head start, and get you thinking about the kinds of questions you may be asked.Please answer the following questions briefly. If in doubt give more, rather than less detail. Thank you.
Chief Complaint: List all the symptoms that are of primary concern:
Other Complaints: List symptoms of secondary concern:
What treatments have you had so far, of any type?
Did any of them help at all?
Is there anything that you do at home that makes it better, anything that makes it worse?
Please give a brief history of your major complaints:
Sleep: Do you have any trouble falling or staying asleep?
If so, give details.
Do you feel refreshed in the morning?
Appetite: Strong, Weak, Excessive? Can you eat anything or are you a fussy eater?
Do you feel good after eating? Any indigestion after eating, bloating, belching, heartburn, pain, fatigue?
Any diagnoses such as GERD, Gastritis, Ulcer?
Bowel movements daily? How many times? If not, how often.
Are they well formed, or more like “rocks” or “snakes”
Any constipation or diarrhea with stress?
Have you had any bladder or kidney infections? If so, how many?
Men: Any issues with prostate gland, erectile dysfunction or other urogential problems.
Does your period come at regular intervals?
Is it regularly about the same number of days?
Is the bleeding light, medium, or heavy?
How many days are heavy?
Do you suffer from any symptoms WITH the bleeding, such as cramps, clots, leg pain, constipation, headache.
Do you suffer from any PRE-Menstural symptoms, such as bloating, swollen tender breasts, food cravings, bowel changes, emotional changes such as irritability or crying from things you would not normally cry at? Please be specific.
Libido: Would you describe it as high, average, or below average?
Energy: Describe your typical energy level –high, low, medium
Any abnormal fatigue
Body Temp: Do you prefer to be cool or warm.
For example,do you like to sleep with a blanket even in warm weather? Are you bundled up when others are not? Do you wear shorts and T shirt when others are warmly dressed? Does hot sun make you feel uncomfortable or headachy?
Climate: What kind of climate do you prefer–warm, cool, hot, cold, damp, dry
For example, if warm, do you prefer dry heat or moist heat?
What kind of climate do you dislike?
Feelings: Would you describe yourself as by nature fundamentally happy, sad, angry, worried, fearful, easygoing, pensive?
Do any of these occur more predominately or as a recurring theme?
How happy are you with your life right now?
How happy with work, friendships, primary relationship?
What do you do to relax?
Do you meditate or have a spiritual practice of any kind?
What do you do for fun?
Stress: Rate your stress level on a scale of 1 to 10
Exercise: How often and what kind?
Substances: Do you consume coffee, tea, tobacco, alcohol, or any other non-medical drugs? How much and how frequently?
Medical drugs: Please list any pharmaceutical drugs, nutritional supplements, or herbal medicines you currently take.
Diet: What do you eat? Please give a thumbnail sketch of breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, beverages, and favored treats.
Are you happy with your diet at this point in time?
That’s It! Thank you!
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Acupuncture, Ayurveda, and Chinese Medicine
FAQs About Acupuncture Treatment
Here is a list of our patient’s most common queries. If you have any other questions feel free to contact us directly.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the placement of hair-thin needles into various locations in the body. These locations are known as acupuncture points.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
The ancient Chinese believed that the body was first and foremost a system of energy, what they called Chi, or Qi.They mapped out grids along the body, what they considered pathways of energy, which they called meridians.It was through these meridians that they felt the Qi flowed. The acupuncture points are along these meridians. It was thought that by putting acupuncture needles into these points, the Qi would be stimulated to flow better, and the person’s health would improve. Thousands of years of clinical work have shown that the Chinese were right!
Is there any scientific evidence on how acupuncture works?
Since acupuncture has made its way into the West, there has been no shortage of research to prove what the mechanism is that allows acupuncture to work. Some of the mechanisms that have been discovered are:
Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins and other opiods
Acupuncture stimulates the secretion of hormones and other brain chemicals such as serotonin
White blood cells migrate to the areas where the acupuncture needles are inserted
Acupuncture changes the pattern of blood flow through the body
Real Time MRI Brain scans on people having acupuncture have shown certain segments of the brain “light up,” signaling that the brain has been activated to make a positive response
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Because the needles are hair-thin, generally you will not feel a thing, or have a sensation similar to a mosquito biting. Once the needle is inserted you may feel a dull ache, similar to a tooth ache, but in the area of your body receiving treatment. This is called “De Qi” in Chinese, or the “Qi Sensation.”
After a treatment, especially treatments for certain pain conditions, you may feel a soreness in the muscle, akin to a “post work-out soreness. This goes away in a few hours or 24 at most.
If you are sensitive, please let me know. It is always possible to do a very light Japanese style treatment in which you do not feel the needles at all. This is very valuable and perfectly appropriate in many cases.
How Will I Feel After My Treatment?
People almost always feel quite nice, as if they have had a deep profound rest, very relaxed, in in much less pain or stress. Somewhat like how you feel after a good massage.
How Many Treatments Does It Take?
Acupuncture, and Chinese Medicine in general, is understood to be a process. It is trying to stimulate the body’s own natural healing capabilities. Some people respond quickly, and others take more time. Common sense would dictate that the longer a person has had a condition, the longer it might take for it to reverse, though every so often, a person with a seemingly intractable problem responds very quickly.
You should plan on a course of from three to six to ten treatments to either effect a cure, relieve symptoms totally, or partially. 90% of the time we will see some very positive response before three treatments, and if not, I rarely ask you to continue.
Are There Side Effects to Acupuncture?
Acupuncture, when practiced by a licensed professional, is generally safe and free of any side effects.
What’s the Difference Between a Licensed Acupuncturist and an M.D. That Does Acupuncture?
There is a big difference. A licensed acupuncturist has at least 3,000 hours of training in acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, along with courses in Western Medicine, Anatomy, Physiology, etc, and completely understands the levels of sophistication of Chinese Medicine, and is well equipped to treat any problem using Chinese Medicine.
A physician that does acupuncture is rarely a licensed acupuncturist, but is certified to practice acupuncture. They undergo 300 hours of training, some of which is done by watching videos. They are generally trained in just the very basics of acupuncture, and sometimes not even that. Having said that, I personally know some M.D.’s with very sophisticated and advanced training in acupuncture, who are very dedicated practitioners that I trust completely. Usually they restrict their practices to pain. They are rarely trained in herbal medicine.
Does Insurance Cover Acupuncture?
Many insurance companies do – it varies from company to company. Check with your carrier to see. Sadly, because of recurrent issues getting paid by the insurance companies, I no longer bill insurance. All payment is made by the patient, and we do give receipts with billing codes for you to attempt reembursement.
We DO ACCEPT Health Savings Accounts and Flex Plan Account cards. Also Mastercard and Visa. Thanks very much!
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