Tele-Medicine

Telemedicine Virtual Consults now available! San Diego Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture is committed to reaching our community outside the clinic in the comfort of your home. We are looking forward to continuing to offer our services on this new platform to provide you with an opportunity of accessible healthcare. Using our online resources, you are able to continue your HealthCare virtually... Read More

Telemedicine Virtual Consults now available!

San Diego Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture is committed to reaching our community outside the clinic in the comfort of your home. We are looking forward to continuing to offer our services on this new platform to provide you with an opportunity of accessible healthcare.

Using our online resources, you are able to continue your HealthCare virtually. Participating providers will offer instructions on how to get online and start your virtual sessions today.


Acupuncture

INSURANCE Patients: Please VERIFY your insurance through our website before booking. You are responsible for full cash price if you are not verified prior to treatment. To verify visit: https://www.sdherbalmedicine.com/insurance Acupuncture originated in China around 3,500 years ago and remains one of the oldest, most commonly used systems of healing in the world. Chinese medicine is still t... Read More

INSURANCE Patients: Please VERIFY your insurance through our website before booking. You are responsible for full cash price if you are not verified prior to treatment. To verify visit: https://www.sdherbalmedicine.com/insurance

Acupuncture originated in China around 3,500 years ago and remains one of the oldest, most commonly used systems of healing in the world. Chinese medicine is still the primary medical system for one quarter of the world’s population.

Traditional Chinese Medicine considers Qi to be our vital energy or life force. Qi flows along pathways or “meridians” which run the length of our limbs and to each of our organs. They form a network that looks a lot like the electrical grid of a City, the various pathways overlap and are all critical to the network as a whole. TCM believes that there is a deep inter-connectedness between all aspects of our being—both internally and externally. Health is a state where there is balanced and harmonious flow of Qi throughout our bodies. Conversely, imbalances can lead to many ailments.


Herbal Consult

Personalize Chinese Herbal Medicine for everyday ailments, prevention or recovery. Herbal Consults include and intake, view of your tongue and palpation of your pulse for the practitioner to determine which Chinese Herbal Formula would be best to meet your individual needs.


Cupping

Cupping is a therapy used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to remove stagnation and stimulate the flow of Qi within the body. TCM considers Qi the vital energy of the body which is circulating through the body and the world around us. If the Qiis disrupted or disturbed, it can create stagnation (blockages) or imbalances in the body.


Physical Therapy

Danielle’s treatment approach is grounded in Physical Therapy, and her mission is to empower clients to achieve their life and health goals. She does this by diagnosing and treating the root cause of pain and dysfunction, as opposed to managing symptoms


Massage

There are many forms of Massage Therapy offered here at SDHMA. To name just a few: Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Chi Nei Tsang (Ancient Chinese Medical Abdominal Massage), Sports Massage, Thai Massage, Pregnancy Massage and more. Please scroll down to learn more details about the types of massage services we offer. Swedish Massage Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to... Read More

There are many forms of Massage Therapy offered here at SDHMA. To name just a few: Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Chi Nei Tsang (Ancient Chinese Medical Abdominal Massage), Sports Massage, Thai Massage, Pregnancy Massage and more. Please scroll down to learn more details about the types of massage services we offer.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension

Chi Nei Tsang

A traditional Taoist form of healing touch (massage) therapy, which is applied to the abdomen; chi nei tsang is used to stimulate and manipulate muscles and connective tissue, organs (stomach, intestine, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, uterus, kidneys and lungs) and systems (lymphatic, circulatory and nervous) located in the abdomen. Internal organ massage is believed to release regional stress and tension, prevent stagnation of blood, improve the flow of energy into the abdominal region, allow detoxification and enhance the immune system.

Deep Tissue

Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).

Sports Massage

Sports massage therapy is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. The particulars of the sports massage technique are specific to the athlete's sport of choice. Focusing on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements.

Thai Massage

Thai massage, also known as Nuad Bo-Rarn in its traditional form, is a type of Oriental bodywork therapy that is based on the treatment of the human body, mind, and spirit. The therapy includes treating the electromagnetic or energetic field which surrounds, infuses and brings the body to life through pressure and/or manipulative massage.

CranioSacral

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as professor of biomechanics. Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams - about the weight of a nickel - practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it's effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.

Shiatsu

Shiatsu Massage is an alternative technique that involves manual pressure applied to specific points on the body in an attempt to relieve tension and pain. According to the Japanese healing treatment, Shiatsu (meaning finger pressure) massage uses thumbs, fingers, elbows, and knees to concentrate pressure at certain energy pathways in the body called meridians. The massage also known as acupressure works to reduce muscle tension and fatigue and is thought to improve blood circulation in the body as well as improve function of the lymphatic system.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial release is a manipulative treatment that attempts to release tension in the fascia due to trauma, posture, or inflammation. Connective tissues called fascia surround the muscles, bones, nerves, and organs of the body. Points of restriction in the fascia can place a great deal of pressure on nerves and muscles causing chronic pain. Practitioners of myofascial release employ long stretching strokes meant to balance tissue and muscle mechanics and improve joint range of motion in order to relieve pain.

Tuina Massage

Tui Na (also called Tui-Na or Tuina massage) is a form of bodywork based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Working along meridians (energy channels) throughout the body, the Tui Na practitioner taps into these energy points, using stretches, pressure points, and joint rotations, to balance the body’s vital energy (qi). The name of this massage therapy modality comes from the two words describing actions in the treatment: tui means “to push” and na means “to grab or squeeze.” Tui Na has been called a combination of Shiatsu—a Japanese bodywork practice—and acupressure massage.


Reiki

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and heal... Read More

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. Reiki focuses energy on creating a balance and restoring energy flow through the seven chakra system.

Chakra is a concept referring to wheel-like vortices which, according to traditional Indian medicine, are believed to exist in the surface of the subtle body of living beings.[2] The chakras are said to be “force centers” or whorls of energy permeating, from a point on the physical body, the layers of the subtle bodies in an ever-increasing fan-shaped formation. Rotating vortices of subtle matter, they are considered the focal points for the reception and transmission of energies. Different systems posit a varying number of chakras; the most well-known system in the West is that of seven chakras.

Dr. Kim Drolet A joyful heart is good medicine.

Dr. Kim Drolet is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine,

a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist who is passionate about

applying Chinese Medicine to help people live happier, healthier,

longer lives. She holds a Master’s of Science of Traditional

Oriental Medicine, and a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese

Medicine, both from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine here in

San Diego.

Dr. Drolet also had the pleasure of studying at a Traditional Chinese Medicine hospital in Chengdu, China. There she witnessed the breadth and power of all aspects of Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture, herbs, manual therapies, and lifestyle guidance.It was there she became particularly inspired to integrate herbal formulas into treatments for better results, as well as incorporate

external herbal treatments to many conditions, including skin conditions.

Dr. Drolet has had a variety of health challenges herself, and she brings with her in all her treatments an empathy towards the human condition and its particular expression in an individual’s life. It is her mission to use the powers of Chinese Medicine theories and techniques to positively impact the health and wellness of her patients.

Dr. Drolet has a variety of specialties and interests, and always welcomes questions from prospective patients to see if Chinese Medicine is an option for your symptoms and health challenges.

Specialties and Areas of Interest Include:

Back, sciatica, knee, shoulder and neck pain

Women’s health, menopause, menstrual symptoms

Dermatology, skin conditions

Pediatrics, newborn to teenagers

Men’s health, prostate and urinary symptoms

Migraines and headaches

Stress, depression, and mental health

Breathing disorders, COPD, asthma

Allergies and sinus symptoms

Fertility (male and female), placenta processing

Pre- and post- surgery support

Dr. Kim Drolet A joyful heart is good medicine. Dr. Kim Drolet is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Ch... Read More

About Veronika:

BIO: Veronika was drawn to Eastern Medicine after receiving a diagnosis of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome during her undergraduate career. After spending years living with chronic pain, and despite countless doctor’s visits and medications, she stumbled across an acupuncture clinic and witnessed firsthand the healing power of the medicine. She was able to overcome her diagnoses to pursue her passion of helping others restore and maintain their health. Veronika aims to provide an experience where body and mind are uniquely aligned into a specialized approach to holistic healing that is tailored for each individual.

CREDENTIALS: Veronika is certified as a licensed acupuncturist accredited by the California Acupuncture Board, and nationally by the NCCAOM. She graduated with a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the esteemed, and nationally recognized Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. TRAINING: Veronika has volunteered her expertise at Rady’s Children’s Hospital. Veronika has also contributed her time to ensure the prosperity of our veteran community by volunteering her skills at Veterans Stand Down. To compliment her community activism, Veronika has also received training by Dr. Fernando Fernandez, world-renowned cosmetic acupuncturist.

SPECIALIZATIONS: Veronika specializes in chronic pain, women’s health, gastrointestinal disorders, pediatrics, internal medicine, and cosmetic acupuncture.. She has helped countless patients achieve greater levels of health, vibrancy and is dedicated to seeing her patients thrive. In her practice, Veronika combines therapies including acupuncture, herbal medicine, medical Tui Na massage, food therapy, lifestyle advice, cupping therapy, Moxibustion, and Gua Sha to provide a therapeutic and customized treatment for every patient. Learn More

Tele-Health

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Dr. Michael P. Gauthier specializes in weight loss, pre-natal, emotional taxation and orthopedic pain. Michael has a keen specialty with herbal medicine, nutrition and pain reduction. Michael spends his leisure time gardening, composing art and practicing Tai Qi/ Qi Gong.

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About “RAM”

Founder of San Diego Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture.

He is a skilled Traditional Chinese Medicine primary care practitioner. TCM is a complete medicine that can treat any disease. He specializes in internal medicine ranging from Digestive disorders to Autoimmune and Psycho Emotional disorders using herbal medicine and acupuncture.

He also specializes in Orthopedic disorders. He is an avid athlete who understands first hand orthopedic injuries and imbalances. He uses many modalities to treat chronic pain and injuries including rehabilitative exercise therapy, ART, Guasha, E-Stim and many more modalities as needed, He works closely with Doctors and Physical Therapists to help patients achieve their goals.

Herbal Medicine is his passion. With a background in chemistry, he has a firm understanding of herbs from both the Chinese categorizations and from a pharmacological prospective. His clinic has a detached pharmacy with over 700 herbs which he uses to write custom formulas for his patients.

Founder of the herbal software company Myherbpharm

He has spent over 5 years developing a software and fulfillment system with the intention of revolutionizing and helping share the use of herbal medicine in the United States. He has won many awards and has been featured on Fox News, KUSI, the Union Tribune, Pacific Beach Bay and Press, and other publications for his work.

Owner of the local health food Cafe Rum Jungle in Pacific Beach.

About “RAM” Founder of San Diego Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture. He is a skilled Traditional C... Read More

Amber has always had a fascination with the human body and a desire to be of service. After studying theater and dance at UCSD she stumbled upon massage therapy and has been a licensed massage therapist since 2004. After years of providing massage services a desire to understand and treat the body on a deeper level led her to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine where she graduated with her Masters in Traditional Oriental Medicine in 2013 and became a licensed acupuncturist soon thereafter. Guided by curiosity and caring, Amber sees herself as a collaborator in her patients’ health and well-being. Her needling style is gentle and she incorporates some massage into every session.

Amber has always had a fascination with the human body and a desire to be of service. After study... Read More

Dr. Jacintha “Jaz” Roemer is a graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine - San Diego.

Having grown up on a farm in a small town in Wisconsin, she moved to Minneapolis to study art at the University of MN-Twin Cities. While there, having always been curious about meditation she stumbled on an elective course in BodyMind Centering. This was her first introduction to bodywork.

Once she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree she immediately signed up for massage classes at the local massage school: CenterPoint Shiatsu and Massage School and Clinic in 2005.

Here, she met a more supportive community that encouraged her to explore the ideas of massage and meditation. Shiatsu massage exposed Dr. Jaz to the concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Also at CenterPoint is where she was first introduced to Chi Nei Tsang and Medical Qigong as taught by Master Mantak Chia. After becoming a Shiatsu Massage Therapist, she continued her studies with Sarina Stone which led her to travel to Chaing Mai, Thailand to do a 4-wk teacher training course with Master Mantak Chis at Tao Gardens to become a Chi Nei Tsang Practitioner and Certified Universal Healing Tao Instructor in 2008.

After returning Dr. Jaz decided she was tired of the cold in the midwest and moved to San Diego, CA in 2009 to continue her education and attend graduate school to dive deeper into these ancient medicines. In 2012 she completed the MSTOM (Masters of Science and Traditional Chinese Medicine) at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. In 2017 she completed a Doctorate of Chinese Medicine.

In 2013 Jaz traveled with a number of PCOM students to Chengdu, China to study Traditional Chinese Medicine at Chengdu TCM University and Hospital.

Dr. Jaz is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified Chi Nei Tsang Practitioner, California Licensed Massage Therapist, Nationally Licensed Massage Therapist and Universal Healing Tao Instructor. She currently is currently located in San Diego, where she lives, practices and offers courses.

Learn More About Dr. Jaz

Please watch this youtube video explaining Chi Nei Tsang an ancient Chinese Medical Abdominal Massage.

Check out these pre-recorded Taoist Meditations with Dr. Jaz

Dr. Jaz also offers details about classes, online store, meditations and more.

Dr. Jacintha “Jaz” Roemer is a graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine - San Diego. Hav... Read More

Danielle Emhof is a licensed Physical Therapist and has been practicing since 2001. She received her Master’s in Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh. She has a certification in Integrative Manual Therapy and Matrix Energetics, and also earned her certification as a personal trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She has extensive experience in Pilates and is a Kripalu certified Yoga teacher.

Danielle’s treatment approach is grounded in Physical Therapy, and her mission is to empower clients to achieve their life and health goals. She does this by diagnosing and treating the root cause of pain and dysfunction, as opposed to managing symptoms. Treatment sessions may include Healing Work (a combination of Physical Therapy, Integrative Manual Therapy and Matrix Energetics), nutritional guidance, grocery shopping education, cooking and kitchen advice, yoga, stress management, meditation and personal training.

Danielle enjoys and feels confident working with a variety of clients and conditions. She feels strongly about the “whole body approach” to healing, and believes in the body’s ability to heal itself when given the right tools and support. Danielle has a passion for working with chronic symptoms and challenging diagnoses. She has skills that are able to help clients no matter what stage of rehabilitation they are in. She understands the importance of emotional support and compassion in the healing process, and provides many tools to address this aspect of health.

Danielle Emhof is a licensed Physical Therapist and has been practicing since 2001. She received ... Read More

Kelsi is a Licensed Acupuncturist and a California Board Certified Herbalist. She specializes in the treatment of headaches/migraines, anxiety and stress related conditions, and complex immune and neuroimmune disorders such as: chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, allergies and sensitivities, mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS), multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), interstitial cystitis (IC), and related conditions. Kelsi also has advanced training in women’s health and fertility, cosmetic acupuncture and microneedling, as well as conditions of the head, neck, and face, such as: headaches, migraines, Bell’s Palsy, sinus concerns, and TMJD.

Kelsi completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine where she also competed as an NCAA division 1 track and field athlete. As an undergraduate student, she had her sights set on medical school. She was a disciplined student, dedicated athlete, and worked as a clinical research scientist. She was burning the candle at both ends; by her senior year, Kelsi was burnt out! She was mentally and emotionally fatigued, and consequently her athletic performance and physical well-being suffered. This experience gave Kelsi a unique understanding of the mind-body connection, the importance of living a balanced lifestyle, and a gentler and more holistic view of health and well-being.

Rather than continuing her original path towards medical school, Kelsi decided to attend Naturopathic medical school as this felt more aligned with her understanding of health, and the vision she had of providing medical care that is holistic, gentle, compassionate, and individualized. But, during her first year of Naturopathic medical school, Kelsi became ill. She was unknowingly living in an apartment with unsafe levels of black mold which caused her various distressing symptoms and led to multiple autoimmune condition diagnoses. She had to withdraw from her medical school program. She was derailed, devastated, and desperate, that is until she discovered Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. During one of her first acupuncture sessions, she couldn’t believe how much easier she was able to breathe after just one acupuncture needle was inserted. She experienced first-hand how quickly and sometimes drastically acupuncture could affect the nervous system and immune system. Kelsi’s recovery was far from quick or easy, but her acupuncture and herbal medicine treatments helped her to build back up her strength and resiliency. Once she was back on her feet, Kelsi knew she wanted to help others having similar experiences to hers, and that acupuncture was an invaluable tool in doing so. She enrolled and graduated with her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the Pacific College of Health and Science in San Diego.

Kelsi now works with patients managing a wide variety of conditions. In all cases, Kelsi’s patient care is gentle, compassionate, and individualized. She takes a holistic approach to healing and considers and addresses the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of her patients.

Kelsi’s treatment plans are as unique as each of her patients. She provides acupuncture treatments, herbal medicine recommendations, cupping therapy, gua sha, moxibustion, vitamin and supplement recommendations, dietary and lifestyle recommendations, and when necessary, will perform functional medicine testing. She is also certified in microneedling and completed her microneedling certification course through San Diego Cosmetic Acupuncture. Kelsi looks forward to partnering with you on your journey to wellness.

Areas of Specialty: Headaches/Migraines Anxiety Insomnia TMJD Bell’s Palsy Sinus Disorders Allergies & Sensitivities Fatigue Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Autoimmune Conditions Fibromyalgia Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Interstitial Cystitis (IC) Depression Menstrual Disorders Pain Management Fertility Perinatal, Prenatal, & Postpartum Care Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture Microneedling

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Vanessa Mergulhão is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Reiki Master and Clinical Hypnotherapist, specializing in mental/emotional imbalance, trauma healing and women’s health.

She is originally from Brazil, where her journey as a practitioner and wellness enthusiast started when she got her first degree as a Doctor of Chiropractic.

It wasn’t until she moved to San Diego and was captivated by Traditional Chinese Medicine that her passion for healing was ignited. After earning her Master’s degree in Eastern Medicine, she went on to explore a spiritual path and started to deepen her practice in order to facilitate the connection between mind, body and spirit.

In her sessions she integrates a variety of vibrational elements, such as Flower Essence remedies, sound and energy therapy with Acupuncture and other Eastern Medicine modalities, which allows for healing to occur at a deeper level.

Vanessa also incorporates Somatic Experiencing techniques to offer a body-oriented approach to the healing of emotional trauma. Toxic, prolonged stress and other forms of trauma that is held in the tissues may lead to emotional dysregulation. Somatic Experiencing helps restore the authentic being with self-regulation, relaxation and wholeness.

Through Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapy (CBH) she helps her patients discover their own potential, expand their awareness, and harness their inner resources to consciously create positive change and design their own reality.

Vanessa’s mission is to guide her patients through their health and spiritual journey, assisting them to unlock their own innate healing power, and achieve optimal physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Specialties

Anxiety/ Pain management/ Headaches/Migraines/ Stress management/ Depression/ Emotional Trauma/ Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) dysfunction/ Addictions/ Phobias/ Insomnia/ Grief support/ Menstrual disorders/ Fertility support/ Pre-natal and post-partum support/ Menopause/ Neurological conditions/ Immune support/ Hormonal Imbalance/ Allergies/ Asthma/ Digestive disorders/ Chronic Fatigue/ Auto-immune conditions/ Metabolic Syndrome/ Post-Covid Syndrome/ Respiratory conditions/

Vanessa Mergulhão is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Reiki Master and Clinical Hypnotherapis... Read More

Kyle is a licensed acupuncturist accredited by the California Acupuncture Board. Graduating with a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the nationally recognized Pacific College of Oriental medicine. He has completed internships at UCSD RIMAC and worked with NCAA athletes to prepare for their sporting events, as well offering his services at the Free Veterans Clinic. He has been improving patients’ health at San Diego Herbal Medicine since 2016.

Kyle specializes in balancing emotional, energetic and physical conditions in the body. Using Acupuncture, Craniosacral and Dynamic Contraction Technique to assess overall well being. He assists patients in finding inner balance to help them regain optimal health. Kyle addresses issues ranging from chronic pain, digestive upset and emotional stagnation to migraines.

Kyle’s father Dr. Mark Sanders N.D, a naturopathic doctor, exposed him to east-asian medicine growing up which peaked his interest in holistic health. This interest continued in his personal life as he studied health science at Furman University as a college athlete, further developing his knowledge of the body. During his athletic career he experienced ailments and injuries that led him to pursue Chinese medicine after seeing first-hand the shortfalls of traditional health care. After witnessing the effects of acupuncture himself, he has made it his goal to help others restore their health and well-being.

Kyle is a licensed acupuncturist accredited by the California Acupuncture Board. Graduating with ... Read More

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