I feel a lot healthier, my clothes fit better and I feel more confident about myself!
Petra Buchanan, L,AC
Petra has licenses in California and Colorado as well as holding a National license (NCCAOM). She worked for two years at The Golden Door Spa and Studio G in Telluride Colorado doing Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. Having graduated from Five Branches University in 2004 she now holds a position supervising clinic at their San Jose campus. Petra specializes in Women's Health and Internal Medicine. Her favorite thing though are difficult cases that have been unresponsive to other treatments. With these she usually uses custom powdered herbal formula's to help bring a persons body back into harmony. While Petra is an accomplished Acupuncturist, her area of proficiency and passion is Chinese Herbal Medicine. Additionally she was a whole foods chef for over fifteen years and would more than happy to give you dietary advice and recipes.
Licenses and Education
BA Prescott College 1996
Masters Chinese Medicine Five Branches University 2003
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can have positive effects in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder. Acupuncture is very effective in the treatment of chronic pain, injuries, women's and men's health, immunity, auto-immune diseases, skin problems, migraines, and much more.
Learn About Acupuncture:
A key component of Traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain using extremely thin needles:
Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi (CHEE) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance.
Many patients new to acupuncture report feeling this energy flow as a “tingling” a “gentle warmth” or a feeling of fluidity, movement, floating or euphoria which can occur between needle points or elsewhere in the body.
Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. This stimulation appears to boost the activity of your body's natural painkillers and increase blood flow.
Acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body. An acupuncturist places thin needles in these points in the body that lie along pathways known as meridians. Most people feel little or no pain during acupuncture. Some feel energized by treatment; others feel relaxed while some simply feel relief of pain.
Get your GLOW back! Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a painless, non-surgical method of reducing the signs of the aging process and helps the whole body look and feel younger. The Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of hair-thin needles into particular areas of the face, ears, neck, hands, trunk, and legs along channels or energy called Qi (pronounced chee).
You can erase 5 – 15 years of aging from your face, safely, painlessly and without surgery with Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture treatments. Fine lines may be entirely eliminated and deeper wrinkles diminished. Bags under the eyes can be reduced, jowls firmed, puffiness eliminated, droopy eyelids lifted and double chins minimized. Other likely results include: moisturizing of the skin with increased local circulation of blood and lymph to the face; increased collagen production, muscle tone, and dermal contraction; tightening of the pores; brightening of the eyes; improving of hormonal balance to help acne; reduction of stress evident in the face – bringing out your innate natural beauty.
"Reproductive specialists are looking to the somewhat mysterious world of Chinese Medicine to help those fertility patients for whom western science alone is not quite enough"
From the perspective of Tradition Chinese Medicine, fertility is viewed as an extension of a well functioning organism. Inability to conceive is a sign that one or several body systems are not performing optimally, resulting in infertility. When imbalances are corrected with acupuncture and herbal treatment, health and fertility naturally improve.
Petra focuses on gently re-establishing body functions in order to facilitate conception, a healthy pregnancy, and a successful delivery. The preferred approach is to strengthen the patients underlying deficiencies and improve their overall well being before they attempt pregnancy.
- Regulate the menstrual cycle and hormonal functions.
- Decrease elevated levels of FSH and normalize ovulation.
- Stimulate blood circulation and increase the endometrial lining.
- Control Vaginal PH levels, eliminate yeast, and improve cervical fluid.
-Reduce stress and increase libido.
- Strengthen the immune system and restore reproductive health.
- Treat endometriosis and blocked fallopian tubes.
-Improve sperm quality, motility, and volume.
-Reduce the side effects of IVF medication
-Strengthen the immune system and increase energy
-Decrease chance of miscarriage
Once Pregnancy is Acheived Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine helps with:
-Recurrent miscarriage and threatened miscarriage
-Fibroids, endometriosis, PCOS, POF, PID, luteal phase defect
-Lower elevated FSH
-Reproductive Health and Improved Conception
Acupuncture improves natural conception rates, as well as conception rates when used in conjunction with assisted reproduction. A 2002 study of fertility and sterility reported that acupuncture treatments performed before and after IVF transfer increased the success rate from 26.3% to 42.5%.
The Proof is in the Science
Over the past 10 years, NCCAM has supported extensive research on acupuncture. Studies have looked at its effect on specific health conditions and how it affects the brain and nervous system. NCCAM found that the neurological properties of stimulating meridians and acupuncture points:
-Helps alleviate nausea in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
-Relieves pain and improves function for some people with osteoarthritis of the knee and complements standard medical care.
-Helps in treating chronic lower back pain
-Useful in treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms.
-May improve pregnancy rates following in vitro fertilization (IVF)
-May be of value for irritable bowel syndrome and many psychological and neurologic disorders.
"Petra, I just wanted to let you know I felt really good after leaving today. Thank you!! -Sue -
My two acupuncture sessions have been wonderful and I have signed up for another one so far. I have had acupuncture treatments in the past with different acupuncturists, and I am very impressed and feel that I'm in knowledgeable and capable hands. -Kelly
An excellent acupuncturist, Petra Buchanan. I have had migraines for the last four years and they have gotten worse and worse, but after just a couple of treatments with Petra my migraines have gotten way better. -Sara K -
Petra, Thank you. For the first time in many, many years I feel like we may be doing thing that could really get rid of my fatigue. The feeling came without me really thinking about it, I think thats a good sign. Thanks for dropping off the herbs. -Wendy-
Hi Petra, Just wanted to tell you that the new herbs are having a very positive effect....The pain in my pelvis and sacrum is half as intense! My face smiled all day due to the fact that I could think about something other than my pain. Thank you Petra.