We understand that you are not living your best life possible unless your mind and body are completely healthy. That's why we take a holistic approach to preventing and reversing disease.
Our goal is to provide alternative medical care that will reverse and prevent disease using the fundamental healing principles of mind-body medicine. Our results prove the best way to heal the natural body is naturally without pharmaceuticals.
We care about your well being and will provide you with guidance, knowledge, and tools needed to be healthy. We are here to help you achieve optimal wellness.
What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is the insertions of extremely thin filiform needles into various points on the body for the purpose of health improvement. The practice originated in China approximately 3500 years ago but has started to become well known in the US and Europe only in the last several decades. Nearly 1 in 10 adults in the US have tried it at this point. Acupuncture’s mechanism is widely speculated about, but we do know that it works based off of many empirical clinical studies. How it works is another thing. Traditionally it is said that the acupuncture needles balance the body’s Qi, or energy. What is Qi? Well, if it’s energy then it could be many things. It could be some sort of natural , probably electromagnetic, energy flow in the body- which is known to exist scientifically. The word Qi could also just simply refer to blood flow, immune response, nervous system response, reflex response, or local tissue response. These are all different kinds of energy as well. Still, whatever the ultimate reason is found to be, we don’t have to wait 100 years until its discovered. We can just get treated today and experience its seemingly miraculous results.
Does it hurt? No. Mostly patients just experience relaxation and a sense of energy or blood flow in the body, along with improvement of symptoms.
Is acupuncture safe? Yes. It is drug and side-effect free, with an extremely good safety record.
Can I do acupuncture alongside my regular medical treatments? Yes, there is never a conflict. Acupuncture uses the body’s own internal resources to repair itself. In fact, acupuncture supports other medical approaches. You can continue your regular medications.
Can acupuncture be used for traumatic, acute, or sports related injuries? Yes. It is excellent for these situations and can speed up healing and ease pain.
How many treatments will it take? This varies greatly depending on the situation. Some conditions improve immediately, while some take longer..
Celeste’s work is an interweaving of depth psychology and NeuroAffective touch. She got her doctorate from Pacifica Graduate Institute, in Clinical Psychology. As a part of her training, she interned at the C.G. Jung Institute and later worked as a psych assistant for a Jungian Analyst. But early on while getting licensed, she was aware of the calling to in some way incorporate the body. She began to study and got a massage technician certificate and went on to study craniosacral therapy. She took Peter Levine’s Somatic Experience training and is a Somatic Experience Practitioner. She went on to study various trauma touch modalities including with Kathy Kain, Stephen Terrell, PsyD., and most recently with Aline Lapierre PsyD. (Neuro-Affective Touch). Celeste says, “I see my work as working with subtle body. I support what emerges from the unconscious coming into awareness whether from dreams, fantasy material, emergence of complexes, or archetypal material coming in through the touchwork. I support the capacity to feel and make use of the wisdom emotion can bring in, or to fuel change. Sometimes awareness is enough to provide a container for the work, and sometimes the subtle touch is needed to support that still developing capacity. The body tells its own story. Touchwork is optional, but always awareness of subtle sensation is brought in to knit together awareness with embodied experience.” She is currently in the Analytic Training Program at the C.G. Jung Institute as a preliminary candidate.
Neurofeedback directly trains brain function, helping the brain to function more efficiently. We constantly observe the brain and show that information back to the person, and reward the brain for changing its own activity to more appropriate patterns. This is a gradual retraining process, and it applies to any aspect of brain function that we can measure. Neurofeedback is also called EEG Biofeedback, because it is based on electrical brain activity, the electroencephalogram, or EEG. Neurofeedback retrainins self-regulation. It is simply biofeedback applied to the brain directly. Self-regulation is a necessary part of good brain function and it allows the system (the central nervous system) to function more smoothly.
Neurofeedback addresses problems of dysregulated brains. The ways this happen are numerous and may include the anxiety-depression spectrum, attention deficits, behavior disorders, various sleep disorders, headaches and migraines, PMS and emotional disturbances. It is also useful for organic brain conditions such as seizures, the autism spectrum, and cerebral palsy.
Ayurveda & Herbal Medicine
There are many approaches to herbal medicine and nutrition, and some of the best approaches are practiced here at Leimert Wellness. Our acupuncturists are trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as in the modern science-based approach known as Functional Medicine. Our Ayurveda pracitioner is trained and certified in the ancient Indian art of Ayurveda.
Herbalism is designed to use herbs to treat the underlying causes of disease in a client. Instead of looking at the signs and symptoms and then treating the disease, herbalists look at the whole picture, from lifestyle to physical stressor, in order to prescribe the right treatment.
Once the cause of a condition is discovered, the herb is prescribed to restore the body's natural balance. Herbalism is understanding how different herbs work with the body to restore balance and health.
Herbs are also used in many traditions as a preventative action to boost immune function and promote general wellbeing before any disease occurs.
While many pharmaceutical companies use the active ingredients found in herbs in their products, herbalists believe in something called "herbal synergy," which means that in order for the herb to be as safe and effective as possible, it is important to use the whole plant instead of extracting only the active ingredients. For instance, meadowsweet contains salicylic acid, which is the active ingredient in aspirin. While aspirin alone often causes issues in people who have sensitive stomachs, meadowsweet also contains tannin and mucilage, which work to protect the stomach from the salicylic acid.