Austin Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine at WFP Westlake
Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine. Ancient written records describe the principle beliefs that support the practice of using needles to diagnose and treat ailments caused by an imbalance of Qi (pronounced chee), the flow of life energy through various pathways in the body, also known as meridians. Traditional Eastern practitioners mapped these specific energy channels all throughout the body and also identified acupuncture points, where needles could be inserted into the skin to redirect energy through the meridian system and bring back the correct balance and flow of Qi in order to restore good health.
Acupuncture is widely used in Western medicine today, often as a complementary treatment in conjunction with traditional, or conventional, healthcare. During treatment, very fine needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points on the body to trigger the body’s natural ability to heal. These thin acupuncture needles are pre-sterilized, intended for one-time use only, and penetrate the skin. The depth of insertion varies depending upon the condition that is treated and the part of the body where the needles are placed. However, the insertion is not painful, though some may feel a slight stinging sensation that only lasts for a moment. Others report a mild ache in certain points, which is quite common. Once in, the needles typically stay in place for 5 to 30 minutes with the purpose of stimulating the nervous system and thereby releasing chemicals to various parts of the body.
The desired effect of acupuncture is to naturally change and regulate the body’s biochemical and physiological processes in order to treat pain and chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, digestive disorders, arthritis, stress, anxiety, and depression. In fact, the World Health Organization recognizes almost a hundred diseases, symptoms, or conditions for which acupuncture is effective. Acupuncture may also be used to boost immunity and to prevent certain conditions such as migraines.
At Wiseman Family Practice, we believe in treating the whole person. Our Westlake clinic offers acupuncture as part of a comprehensive medical approach that enables our patients to achieve optimal physical health as well as emotional well-being, and our medical providers are happy to discuss the benefits of acupuncture and whether it is right for you.
We use acupuncture to treat many common conditions that include but are not limited to: women’s health and related issues; chronic and acute pain; digestive issues; stress; insomnia; depression; hypertension; male/female infertility-related issues; weight loss; migraines and headaches. In addition to acupuncture, we also provide the following services, which may enhance your acupuncture treatments: acupressure bodywork, herbal consultation, Reiki, and cupping.
In a relaxed setting, our licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) will work closely with you to learn about your health history, discuss symptoms and any concerns, and determine an individualized plan that best treats the root cause of your health condition.
What We Treat:
- Women’s health and related issues
- Acute and chronic pain
- Digestive issues
- Male and female Infertility related issues
- Weight Loss
- Headaches, Migraines
- Services Offered:
- Herbal Consultation
- Acupressure Bodywork
Tammy R. Garcia, MAOM, L.Ac.
Tammy R. Garcia, L.Ac. received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas at Austin and her master’s degree from AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. Tammy is board certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is also licensed by the Texas Medical Board. She maintains membership in the Texas Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Tammy is passionate about acupuncture treatment and its ability to help the body heal itself. She uses this integrative, therapeutic approach to treat a range of health conditions and concerns, with a particular focus on treating allergies, pain, women’s health, healthy pregnancy and post-partum, and pediatrics.
Tammy is enthusiastic about paleo desserts and loves to bake them. She also enjoys outdoor activities that include hiking, camping, and playing basketball with her husband and two children.
Our Phone & Fax Numbers
Our Office Hours
- Atena PPO & EPO (including TRC)
- American Healthcare Alliance
- Assurant Health
- Beech Street / CAPP Care
- Benefit Planners / Preferred Benefits
- Blue Choice / Blue Cross Shield of Texas PPO, PAR