Pacific College of Oriental Medicine - San Diego
Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine - MSTOM
Diplomate of Oriental Medicine - Dipl.O.M.
Fellow of American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine - FABORM
Pain Management, Fertility, Reproductive Health, Energy Medicine, General Health.
Melida is a Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist practicing in San Diego, California since 2010. She grew up in Baja Mexico and came to San Diego in 2003 to pursue a career in Holistic Medicine. She graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine with a Master's degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM). Nationally Certified Chinese Herbal Practitioner by National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), honored as Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl.OM) and a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM). She has advanced post-graduate training in Western and Eastern Reproductive Medicine and in Sports Medicine. In 2008 she had the opportunity to work as an Intern at the San Diego Hospice and the Institute of Palliative care and gained experience about treating patients with AIDS, cancer and other life-limiting illness addressing their physical and emotional needs. In 2009 she spent a trimester in Beijing, China studying Mandarin at BLCU University and learning more about the Chinese culture.
With more than 12+ years in Practice she has extensive experience in the treatment of Infertility, Sport Injuries, Musculoskeletal Conditions, Skin Problems, Mental-Emotional Health, Hormonal Imbalances, Menopause, Insomnia, Anxiety, among other conditions using Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine in combination with Supplements, Healing Touch, Cupping, Electro-Stimulation, Moxibustion, Massage and Nutrition to restore health and balance the body from within.
Acupuncture uses fine sterilized needles to stimulate specific points in the body to promote the circulation of “Qi” (the body’s own energy) and Blood through different meridians that supply the organs, body tissues, muscles and vessels as well as unblocking any excess or stagnation caused by trauma, diseases, poor lifestyle habits, stress and other environmental factors. In Chinese Medicine, diseases emerge when the there’s an unbalance or blockage in the proper circulation of Qi. Research has shown that Acupuncture has an effect in the Central Nervous System, it can stimulate the release of Neurotransmitters, activates pain receptors, stimulates hormones and has an effect in blood chemistry. Acupuncture points are chosen according to your specific diagnosis. Once the needles are in, most of our patients feel a sense of deep relaxation & even sleepiness.
Cupping helps in the circulation of blood and fluids in order to promote healing. The suction created by the cup picks up the muscle and helps to relax it. Cupping has been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin and improve appearance of stretch marks and cellulite. Cupping feels like a deep tissue massage. The only side effect that may cause is red or purplish mark in the skin that can last for 2 -3 days up to two weeks depending on your body's ability to detoxify. Make sure you keep that in mind in case you have a special event and don't want to show up your marks.
Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which dried mugwort (Artemesia vlugaris) is burned on or very near the surface of the skin with the intention to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi in the body and dispel certain pathogenic influences.
Patients can experience a sudden flooding of warmth that quickly radiates along a specific pathway (usually corresponding with the Channel/Meridian that is being treated).
Is commonly use for: Pain due to injury or arthritis, especially in "cold" patterns, digestive problems and irregular elimination, gynecological & obstetrical conditions, including breech presentation in late term pregnancy & to strengthen the immune system.
Cosmetic Acupuncture is a good alternative to Botox or Surgical procedures without the side effects or just as a maintenance treatment for beauty. Needles are inserted on the face and on Acupuncture body points to address the patient’s constitution. This procedure stimulates production of collagen and elastin on the skin. Treatment last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Facial rejuvenation works on oily, dry and combination skin. Note that it may require more than one treatment to notice an improvement depending skin condition.
The use of plant medicines is one of the oldest and most thoroughly researched aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is a powerful complement to acupuncture, extending the benefits of a treatment greatly. Much like acupuncture, herbs can be used to regulate our internal balance and addressing common complaints.
Practitioner will inquire several questions from the patient to determine the patient TCM pattern and create a personalized Chinese formula. Patient will have the option of taking the formula in powder form or in capsules.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Acupuncture can treat:
Headache and migraine
Facial palsy (early stage, within three to six months)
Paresis following stroke
Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
Muscle pain, swelling, stiffness and weakness
Localized traumatic injuries, sprains, strains, tendonitis.
Work and sports related injuries
Low back pain
Respiratory System Disorders
Infertility (Not WHO recognized. Clinical experience proves effective.)
Benign irregular menstruation
Disorders of the Eye, Ear, Nose & Mouth
Myopia (in children)
Cataract (without complications)
Toothaches, post extraction pain
Acute and chronic pharyngitis
Spasms of esophagus and cardia
Irritable bowel and colitis
Acute and chronic gastritis
Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)
Acute duodenal ulcer (without complication)
Acute and chronic colitis
Acute bacillary dysentery
Withdrawal from street and pharmacological drugs
3320 2nd avenue
san diego, ca, 92103
Mon 9am - 8pm
Wed 9am - 8pm
Fri 9am - 8pm
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