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We are happy to now offer Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (also know as East Asian Medicine) at Meta Physica.

Holly Macias L.Ac, is excited to be part of our team and help her patients move towards health through the wisdom of this tried and true medicine. Holly considers each patient's unique physiology, incorporating body, mind and spirit into her treatment plans. Instead of isolating symptoms she works to restore balance to the whole system while helping her patients reach their specific health goals. 


What is Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine/East Asian Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine in an integrated and complex system of understanding and treating health and disease.  It has been around for thousands of years.  In this system of medicine, the body is seen as a delicate balance of two opposing but inseparable forces called yin and yang.  Simply put, disease arises because of an imbalance of these two substances.  Acupuncture can help restore balance and health to the body by tapping into our bodies natural healing mechanisms.

Acupuncture is the placement of tiny, fine and sterile needles over specific areas on the body.  From an eastern perspective, the needles stimulate the acupuncture points, which then regulate the meridians and organs of the body to help encourage optimal health and homeostasis.  

What are the treatments like?

You will begin with an initial consultation in which you will go over your health goals and health history with Holly.  Next, Holly will take your pulse and look at your tongue.  These are two traditional diagnostics that help Holly to figure out the imbalances in your body.  Holly may also palpate areas like the abdomen or back to help determine the most effective acupuncture points for treatment.  Then the needling or application of moxabustion begins. This may be done on the front or back of the body, or both.  Patients then rest and relax for about 30 minutes, give or take.  

Is acupuncture painful?

Most patients find the treatments very relaxing, which brings on a feeling of well-being.  Some patients even fall asleep during treatments.  Everything is done to your individual comfort level, so fear not.  

How many treatments are needed?

The number of treatments depends greatly.  Generally the longer an issue has been going on, the longer treatment may take.  You will discus this in the initial consultation.  On average patients usually see results in 5-10 sessions for a specific issues and then continue with regular treatments as needed for maintenance.  Cosmetic acupuncture usually involves about 15 sessions


Acupuncture and East Asian medicine is a unique in that we treat the patient and not the disease.  There is a broad category of disease and symptoms that can be helped through acupuncture and east Asian medicine.  Here is detailed list of what acupuncture can treat according to the World Health Organization (WHO):

  • Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
  • Acne 
  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
  • Alcohol dependence and detoxification 
  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
  • Bell’s palsy 
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Cancer pain
  • Cardiac neurosis
  • Craniocerebral injury, closed 
  • Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke) 
  • Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent 
  • Dysmenorrhoea, primary
  • Earache 
  • Epidemic haemorrhagic fever
  • Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
  • Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection 
  • Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
  • Facial spasm
  • Female infertility
  • Female urethral syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia and fasciitis 
  • Gastrokinetic disturbance 
  • Gouty arthritis 
  • Headache
  • Hepatitis B virus carrier status 
  • Herpes zoster
  • Hyperlipaemia 
  • Hypo-ovarianism 
  • Hypertension, essential Hypotension, primary 
  • Induction of labour
  • Insomnia Labour pain 
  • Knee pain
  • Lactation, deficiency 
  • Leukopenia 
  • Low back pain
  • Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic 
  • Malposition of fetus, correction of 
  • Ménière disease 
  • Morning sickness Nausea and vomiting 
  • Neck pain  
  • Neuralgia, post-herpetic 
  • Neurodermatitis
  • Obesity 
  • Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence 
  • Osteoarthritis Pain due to endoscopic examination
  • Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
  • Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans 
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein–Leventhal syndrome) 
  • Postextubation in children 
  • Postoperative convalescence 
  • Premenstrual syndrome 
  • Prostatitis, chronic 
  • Pruritus Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome 
  • Periarthritis of shoulder 
  • Postoperative pain
  • Raynaud syndrome, primary 
  • Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection 
  • Retention of urine, traumatic 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Schizophrenia Sialism, drug-induced 
  • Sjögren syndrome 
  • Sore throat (including tonsillitis) 
  • Sciatica 
  • Sprain 
  • Stroke
  • Stiff neck 
  • TMJ dysfunction 
  • Tobacco dependence 
  • Ulcerative colitis, chronic