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Welcome to the website for Jim Chialtas, L.Ac., and Laurel Acupuncture Clinic of Functional Medicine, located in San Diego.

Click on the tabs above to learn more about what Functional Medicine is, and about many of the health concerns I specialize in. Or scroll down for my blog. You might find it helpful to use the labels in the lower right column to find topics that interest you.

In addition to seeing clients privately in my clinic, I also offer many of the same services remotely to US residents. Please feel free to contact me to set up a consultation or appointment. Thank you!


How Does Acupuncture Work?
In order to understand how acupuncture works one must first acknowledge the existence of Qi – or energy which flows in our bodies. This energy travels along paths called meridians. Each of the twelve major organs has its own meridian. Along these meridians are points where the Qi gathers more densely than in other areas of the body. It is at these points where acupuncture is usually administered. Stimulation at these points can have different effects on the body.

The object of acupuncture is to restore balance within the body. There can be either excess, deficiency, or stagnation of Qi, and acupuncture can help to return this flow to an optimum level for continued health and well being.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Contrary to what many people think, acupuncture is surprisingly painless. The needles used are very thin, and are not hollow like their cousin the hypodermic. Commonly, these treatments will create a sense of extreme relaxation, and the notion of the actual needle completely goes away.

If you are new to Acupuncture, this short video will give you a look into the clinic and a typical treatment.