Acupuncture is a safe and natural approach to good health and well-being that has successfully helped billions of people for over 5000 years. It is a holistic treatment used to relieve symptoms and signs of many health problems, as well as to uncover the root causes of those symptoms. This ancient healing technique works by activating the natural, self-healing abilities of the body, thereby strengthening and supporting the body’s immune system to prevent future illness and disease.
The Science behind Acupuncture
Science has proven that everything is made of, and radiates, an energy that supports and enlivens our physical bodies. Ancient practitioners named this energy Qi (pronounced “chee”). Qi is a combination of energies derived from our air, our food and our inherited physical make-up. These combined energies are necessary for growth, development, movement, immune responses, maintenance of body temperature and overall body regulation. Our health is directly and profoundly influenced by the quality, quantity, and balance of Qi.
Qi moves through the body by way of meridians, or “pathways,” within the body. Qi flows through these meridians as an invisible current, energizing, nourishing and supporting every cell, muscle, tissue, organ and gland. When Qi is balanced and flowing freely, the body’s natural self-healing abilities are activated, enabling internal stability and harmony to occur. When Qi is stuck, blocked or interrupted, the reverse can occur. The goal of acupuncture is to stimulate the blocked areas, allowing Qi to flow freely so that the body can flourish and true health and well-being can be achieved and maintained.
Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of:
Addiction– alcohol, drugs, smoking
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome
Low back pain
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Urinary tract infections
Microcurrent Color Light
For the patient who would prefer a non-needle approach to acupuncture, or simply as a therapeutic alternative, Microcurrent Color Light offers a powerful combination of Eastern technique and Western technology. Also known as “electro-medicine,” Microcurrent Color Light has been used safely and effectively for decades by medical professionals, including chiropractors, physical therapists, and MDs, in treating injuries and chronic pain and illness. Microcurrent Color-Light is NOT the traditional milliamp electrical stimulation, but uses far less amperage for more effective, multi-site uses on the body.
- Non-invasive approach
- No side-effects
- No pain
- No downtime for healing
- Safe for chronic problems
Dr. Lea Kelley has been successfully using Microcurrent Color Light therapy to relieve acute and chronic sinus congestion. This is a great modality for children with whom needles are not an option.
Light and color used together have remarkable healing effects on the body.
Color is how the body communicates on the cellular level. Through the application of specially selected color light at targeted acupuncture points, information is fed to the body directly where it's needed to balance the body and affect illness and injury. Combined with Microcurrent, Color Light works in harmony with the natural energy systems of the body, addressing many of the underlying causes of chronic pain and injury. Additionally, Color Light can be used alone for sensitive areas or issues.
Auriculotherapy is a form of alternative medicine based on the idea that the ear is a microsystem which reflects the entire body, represented on the auricle, the outer portion of the ear.Wikipedia
Conditions affecting the physical, mental or emotional health of the patient are treatable by stimulation of the surface of the ear. Similar mappings are used in many areas of the body, including the practices of reflexology and iridology. Medical doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopaths, dentists, and laypeople alike routinely see excellent results from properly applied auricular treatments.
Auriculotherapy is used widely for
- pain control
- addictions of all kinds
- internal disorders
- emotional issues
- and a host of other problems
Electroacupuncture is a highly effective holistic treatment for pain, nausea, and chronic ailments. In practice, it is actually very similar to traditional acupuncture. Using the exact same system of Chinese Medicine, I insert very thin and sterile needles into specific points along the meridians of your body. I then attach the needles to a device that delivers gentle electrical pulses between two points. This helps restore the healthy flow of Qi (energy) through your body, removing any blockages and clearing out stagnant areas, thus creating a stronger and clearer experience of health and well-being.
The ancient art of cupping is a multi-cultural technique, utilized by healers and lay-people for thousands of years. It is a suction technique using glass or plastic “cups” on the skin and can be used on multiple body sites.
The suction pulls toxin build-up and muscle spasm out of the deeper tissue of the body, towards the surface of the body (skin). This makes it easier for the body to eliminate these toxins as they pass through the superficial blood supply or capillary (vascular) system.
It is ideal for the body’s cells to use oxygen and give off carbon dioxide and cell waste. When the energy is blocked, the cell waste and carbon dioxide get “stuck” and can be referred to also as acid and/or toxin build up. We feel the blockage as “pain,” tenderness, discomfort…and the list goes on. An area that has more blockage or pain is a physiologic obstruction in the flow of energy. The more blockage, the harder it is for the body to remove the obstruction and discomfort.
Muscles and joint pain is a common complaint from toxin build-up.
Cupping ALSO brings fresh new blood into that blocked area, more oxygen and restored energy flow. The effects can be felt immediately!
The procedure lasts about 10 minutes.
Common uses for cupping
- Muscle Pain
- Joint Pain
- Menstrual pain
- Post-injury or trauma
- Boosts immunity
- Boosts Energy
- Local area detox
- When done soon enough, cupping can prevent the common cold from taking hold
PHOTO: Michael Phelps cheering on his team-mates with a visible "cupping" spot on his back and shoulder (AP: Lee Jin-man)
Not sure if you can benefit from cupping?
Dr. Lea Kelley can determine when cupping can be of optimal benefit to you and how frequently it can be used. It is not recommended during pregnancy, for those with bleeding disorders, or those with nerve sensory deficit such as diabetic neuropathy. Cannot be used on broken skin or open wounds.
Here's what I want in an acupuncturist: a person who is passionate about their work, highly trained and deeply experienced; a skilled communicator which means they listen, understand and are accessible enough to make conversation easy, and someone who views me as an individual and then designs a course of treatment that is tailored specifically for me. Dr. Lea Kelley is that person! I suffered from chronic headaches since childhood and had almost lost hope that there were any long-term, drug-free solutions to the problem. I'd experienced acupuncture briefly years ago before in Seattle but had never found anyone in the Los Angeles area that interested me. When I got a glowing referral to Dr. Lea, I took a leap...and knew immediately I'd found the person I was looking for. Dr. Lea is bright, warm, vibrant and compassionate, with a big laugh, a healthy sense of humor, and a profound under-standing of her practice. After one visit I felt a deep sense of relief, a confidence that I was finally in the hands of someone who could truly help me. In only a couple of treatments, I was able to go a solid week without aspirin, something I hadn't done since...well, I can't remember! And there was nothing rote or generic about her treatments. I never leave without feeling improvement and I always return with anticipation for what we'll be tackling that day. Her energy and passion is contagious, making your own healing journey all the more exciting. I highly recommend her.Lorraine D. W.
I've had acupuncture about 10 years ago and it completely healed me from my hip problem. I've always been skeptical concerning the non-western medicine, but I have to admit that acupuncture works amazing on me! Dr. Kelley worked with me and I loved it. I look forward to work with her again!Mylene D.
Dr. Lea has been instrumental in helping me recover from severe injuries sustained in a car/pedestrian accident over 2 years ago. I had never experienced acupuncture before and didn't know what to expect, but found her treatments to be innovative, specific, and inclusive of a variety of very effective techniques. She is warm, compassionate and thoroughly professional. Frankly, I don't know what I'd do without her."Pete W.