Acupuncture has been considered an essential health benefit for many years and it is recommended by the U.S. National Institute of Health.
San Luis Obispo, CA (PRWEB) June 30, 2014
As millions of people gain medical coverage through the new Affordable Care Act, Patrick T. Paine, L.Ac, a San Luis Obispo acupuncture practitioner, would like to bring more awareness to the treatment option of acupuncture and its benefits.
Since the ACA went into effect at the beginning of 2014, acupuncture is considered an essential health benefit in California. A California state-licensed acupuncturist, Paine has been treating patients at his San Luis Obispo, CA office for eight years and has been practicing for over a decade.
“Acupuncture has been considered an essential health benefit for many years and it is recommended by the U.S. National Institute of Health, the British Medical Association, and the World Health Organization,” says Paine. “Even though acupuncture is categorized as a bit alternative by some people, it really is not. In China, there is no sense of it being alternative; that is the direction we are moving towards in the States.”
Effective for a wide range of ailments including back pain, arthritis, headaches and more, acupuncture is also a viable treatment option for a variety of mental and emotional problems, digestive problems, and women’s health issues. Cancer patients and survivors often find the effects of acupuncture to be invaluable, according to Paine.
“What I see most often and what I specialize in is the treatment of pain. I also specialize in cancer care and treat patients going through chemotherapy and radiation therapy,” says Paine, who volunteers monthly at the French Hospital Hearst Cancer Resource Center in San Luis Obispo. “Quite often, after a cancer survivor is physically better, they are still dealing with significant left over side effects. Acupuncture can help with this as well.”
Paine’s mission statement says it all: To provide expert service and care based on the holistic principles of traditional Chinese medicine. Along with offering acupuncture treatments, Paine creates Chinese herbal medicine formulas for his patients.
In addition to formulating herbs for a patient’s specific health needs, Paine offers modified ancient Chinese formulas that are readily available at his San Luis Obispo office: a tea for those with inflammation and pain, an energy tea, sleep tea, and a formula for post-chemotherapy patients to help rebuild strength and immunity.
“Chinese herbs have been used for centuries to treat various symptoms and ailments,” says Paine. “Entering our office, everyone immediately notices a nice, traditional herbal smell – I am often brewing teas and ancient formulas.”
Along with multiple onsite acupuncturists, herbalists and the friendly, professional staff at the clinic, Paine takes pride in creating a calm, peaceful office environment – it’s a pleasant place to go for ongoing treatment, according to Paine.
“It’s a place where people can feel good,” he says. “We also have a strong connection to the arts community, and have local artwork adorning our walls on a rotating basis.”
More about Patrick Paine, L.Ac.
Patrick Paine, L.Ac. received his master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, CA and studied at the Zhe Jiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Hang Zhou, China. He has an undergraduate degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. He was first treated with acupuncture while traveling in the Himalayas; it ended chronic pain that he had endured for many years and opened his eyes to the potential of acupuncture.
The Treat Paine Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine office is located at 1264 Higuera St #102 in San Luis Obispo, CA and is open Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Find him on Google+ at Treat Paine Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine, Call (805) 541-1980 or visit the http://treatpaine.com/ website for more information.