Welcome To East County Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture

EC Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture will provide an experience of acupuncture, therapeutic bodywork, medical massage & therapeutic exercise beyond the expectations of our clients to help them achieve natural health, wellness, and vitality at the highest levels available to them.

To make this happen acupuncturist Steve White brings over 15 years of experience working in the sports medicine and physical therapy fields, extensive education and experience working with all ages, body types and activity levels, and intense compassion and desire to help those around him.

What is traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)?

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM; simplified Chinese: 中医; traditional Chinese: 中醫; pinyin: Zhōngyī) is a style of traditional Asian medicine informed by modern medicine but built on a foundation of more than 2,500 years of Chinese medical practice that includes various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage (tui na), exercise (qigong), and dietary therapy. It is primarily used as a complementary alternative medicine approach. TCM is widely used in China and is becoming increasingly prevalent in Europe and North America.

One of the basic tenets of TCM holds that the body’s vital energy (chi or qi) circulates through channels, called meridians, that have branches connected to bodily organs and functions. Concepts of the body and of disease used in TCM reflect its ancient origins and its emphasis on dynamic processes over material structure, similar to European humoral theory.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture (from Latin, acus (needle) and punctura (to puncture)) is a form of alternative medicine and a key component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) involving thin needles inserted into the body at acupuncture points. It can be associated with the application of heat, pressure, or laser light to these same points. Acupuncture is commonly used for pain relief, though it is also used for a wide range of other conditions. Clinical practice varies depending on the country. There is a diverse range of acupuncture approaches, involving different philosophies.