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Healthy Foods for Fall

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traditional chinese medicine foods for fall

The season of fall brings cooler weather and shorter days. As with any season, the world adjusts accordingly. Plants begin to go dormant, animals begin scrounging for food to store to get them through the upcoming winter months and humans start winterizing everything.

As fall descends on the land, it reminds us we need to start cutting back on the numerous cooling foods that are consumed during the summer months. Things like raw foods, salads, juices and fruits should be decreased because they can create too much cold in the body, according to traditional Chinese medicine. continue reading »

Five Reasons to Get Acupuncture for Low Back Pain

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Statistics show eight out of 10 people will experience low back pain at some point during their life. Seeking medical treatment for back pain is very common. Typically back pain is fleeting and can be easily resolved with rest, heat and an occasional anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. However, once the damage is done, the recurrence of back pain can be as high as 50 percent. Part of this is because as we age, things like muscles and tendons become less flexible and pliable. It is also very well known in the United States, people are too sedentary and this leads to excess weight gain that can create added pressure on the body, especially the low back. continue reading »

Success after a miscarriage

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I started seeing Sandra for fertility acupuncture about a year and a half ago, right when we started trying to have a baby. We were able to get pregnant right away, but miscarried at 6-8 weeks. Sandra was very helpful and comforting in helping me dealing with the miscarriage and getting my cycle and body back on track to try to get pregnant again. When we tried again, I followed my doctor’s suggestions for troubleshooting early miscarriages, but I also supplemented my fertility plan with Sandra’s acupuncture and treatment recommendations.  With the miscarriage being unexplained, it is hard to say which of the many things we did helped us make it this far. But I am very grateful that I was able to have Sandra as a source of support during the whole journey. At the very least, it is a dedicated hour each week to focus on myself and my baby during the acupuncture treatment. It was nice to have Sandra as a professional resource I could check in with regarding fertility and pregnancy on a weekly basis, since doctor visits were spaced out monthly or longer during the first two trimesters. Even though I can’t control everything, working with Sandra has been a wonderful way to feel more proactive. I didn’t even have any known issues when I first started seeing her, but I’m so happy she was part of my treatment from the beginning, given the challenges that did arise.  We now have a healthy baby boy!  Ava, accountant

Moving June 1, 2016

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carbord boxes in a room with bamboo floor and green walls

Starting June 1st, 2016 I will be rejoining Jamie Boyd and the team at Whole Family Wellness in our new North Park location.

Whole Family Wellness is a multi-disciplinary clinic featuring acupuncture, doulas, midwives, massage, feng shui consultation, nurtition consultation, tai chi, qi gong and holistic related classes.  The facility is spacious and has a play area for supervised children, a classroom, and a meditation room in the works! Like me on Facebook to stay up to date on the classes we will be hosting.

Whole Family Wellness

4443 30th Street, Suite 210

San Diego, CA  92116

Fertility Acupuncture Testimonials

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I struggled with two miscarriages before visiting Sandra. While I had seen other fertility acupuncturists during my fertility complications, Sandra’s initial consultation was far more in depth and I felt like it identified possible root causes to my problems better. Her treatment and consultation resulted in pregnancy right away. I continued to go to her to manage pregnancy discomforts and panic attacks over the fear of having another miscarriage. Overall I had a very manageable pregnancy with little complaints. Her recommendations always seems dead accurate and resolved my concerns quickly. My son was born healthy and happy and I believe I owe a lot of that to Sandra for getting me though the stress and discomforts of fertility issues. She went above and beyond and treated all patients with a personal touch. She treated me more like a best friend helping me though a rough patch in life than just a acupuncturists. She always listened patiently and cared about my well being. I highly recommend Sandra to anyone struggling with fertility issues and think she is simply the best!
Michelle-Engineer
I have been successfully treated by Sandra McKay for a several years and have had two babies with her help!. I initially started seeing Sandra after being diagnosed with endometriosis. I had been dealing debilitating menstrual cramps and other symptoms of PMS that would leave me feeling like I had been hit by a train, the only relief I felt during that time of the month was from my acupuncture visits. When the time came to start our family, Sandra helped me track my ovulation, clean up my diet, and started my fertility sessions. We were blessed to conceive and bring a healthy baby boy to term in March 2015 and another in September 2017. I received acupuncture care during each pregnancy to help with morning sickness and back pain. Sandra has also treated me postpartum with both of my sons as I had to recover from a C-sections and had my poor posture (due to nursing) and exhaustion.
Sandra is very caring, knowledgeable, and professional. She is invested in her patient’s wellbeing and life. Seeing her has become a family affair, as she is now treating my baby, as well. My son was suffering from colic, constipation, and gas, which led to us all being sleep deprived. Sandra started seeing him when he was about two months old. He feels very comfortable with her and is immediately relaxed. She is very gentle and careful. His symptoms have greatly improved. I am grateful to Sandra for helping me pre-during-and-post pregnancy and for treating my baby. I have recommended her to my family, friends, and coworkers. I trust Sandra and will continue seeing her and bringing my baby to her for acupuncture care.
I am very grateful to Sandra, she is the best!  Danielle~ Bank Executive

 

I went to see Sandra for the first time when I was preparing to begin the IVF process. I had never done acupuncture before and was nervous as to what to expect. Before meeting Sandra, I had suffered from three pregnancy losses and had one living child who had been a complicated pregnancy and was born 6 weeks prematurely. Sandra immediately helped me feel at ease and did a complete history of my fertility and pregnancy journey. I felt a huge weight lifted off me even after my first session and immediately felt a reduction of stress. During my first visit, I told her that I had an ovarian cyst and the doctors couldn’t proceed with IVF until the cyst was gone. With Sandra’s care and expertise in the field of fertility acupuncture the cyst went away within a matter of weeks. Sandra guided my husband and I during our IVF journey by recommending herbs and dietary changes. She introduced me to moxa and essential oils which helped tremendously. I was told by doctors that I had a low amh and low egg count and my chance of success with IVF was limited. Sandra treated me prior to and through the egg retrieval process, hours before my embryo transfer and during my pregnancy. My husband and I are grateful to have welcomed our healthy baby boy to the world in July 2017. Everyone, including my high-risk doctors, were astonished at our success with conception and a healthy full-term pregnancy! Sandra was instrumental to bringing forth the life of our beautiful baby boy and I am forever grateful.
-Maria, Chaplain

I started seeing Sandra for fertility acupuncture about a year and a half ago, right when we started trying to have a baby. We were able to get pregnant right away, but miscarried at 6-8 weeks. Sandra was very helpful and comforting in helping me dealing with the miscarriage and getting my cycle and body back on track to try to get pregnant again.  It was nice to have Sandra as an alternative resource and second opinion from my obstetrician. When we tried again, I followed my doctor’s suggestions and also supplemented my fertility plan with Sandra’s acupuncture and treatment recommendations.  I am very grateful that I was able to have Sandra as a source of support during the whole journey. At the very least, it is a dedicated hour each week to focus on myself and my baby during the acupuncture treatment. Also, it was nice to have Sandra as a professional resource I could check in with regarding fertility and pregnancy on a weekly basis, since doctor visits were spaced out monthly or longer during the first two trimesters. Even though I can’t control everything, working with Sandra has been a wonderful way to feel more proactive. I didn’t even have any known issues when I first started seeing her, but I’m so happy she was part of my treatment from the beginning, given the challenges that did arise.

Ava, Attorney

 

 

I have been seeing Sandra for 6 years – initially to help treat anxiety and depression as well as whatever else life threw my way. When I was ready to try for a baby, Sandra started by addressing my “thin” pulse with herbs and advice with diet/exercise for creating a suitable environment to house a fetus. Each session she was always attentive to how I was feeling and where I was in my cycle. I always felt comfortable in her hands. I’ll never forget the session she felt my pulses and said they felt different. It turned out I was pregnant! She has successfully guided me through my first pregnancy and continued to treat me postpartum.  I recently had baby number two with her help as well!. It has been nothing but a pleasure to be her client.

Andrea, Biologist

 

The last week of pregnancy before my due date, I was so uncomfortable and just ready to have my baby. I saw my sister go a week past her due date and have to be induced with drugs and I really didn’t want that. Sandra used acupuncture on me the evening before my due date. As soon as she put the needles in my body I felt a wave of energy go through me. I went into labor not long after. By the time I reached the hospital I was already at 5cm and no drugs needed. The same results for my second child. With Sandra’s help, I had both of my babies on their due dates. Sandra is very warm and caring while professional. I always felt comfortable and in good hands through all of my treatments with her. I would definitely recommend her to anyone.

Julia ~Attorney

I started seeing Sandra after a shoulder injury in 2005, the relief was immediate and I continued to see her for general health (I am a hair stylist and am on my feel all the time, neck, shoulder and back pain come with the job).  I mentioned an interest in trying to conceive at age 40 and she suggested I come in for weekly acupuncture & that we shift the focus of the treatment to regulating my cycle.  She also recommend some supplements and iron.  I conceived within 3 months and now have a healthy son that I call my “miracle baby”!  I am so grateful for my sessions with Sandra and wish I could come in more often!
Misty, Hair Stylist