My name is Kim dela Cruz. I am a California Licensed Acupuncturist and Nationally Certified Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbologist. I have been in practice in San Diego, California since 2002. I was previously employed in the Biotechnology field for 10 years for my Bachelor of Science is in Biochemistry.
My interest in health, nutrition, fitness, and healing has been a lifelong journey. As a young child I had allergies and asthma, chronic back pain, anxiety, and insomnia. I have always searched for non-invasive health practices to treat myself, therapies that did not involve harsh medicines or surgeries. This lead me to majoring in Pre-Medicine in college at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. I started practicing yoga and became a vegetarian when I was 18 years old. I work-studied at the Student Health Center Pharmacy and County Mental Health Out Patient Services as a Rehabilitation Therapist Aide. I stopped taking pharmaceutical drugs and over the counter medicines in college, as well.
As it happened, after graduation, I wanted to pursue a graduate degree in the health field so I applied and was accepted into Graduate Studies at San Diego State University, following a Master of Science in Public Health concentrating in Environmental Health Studies. This was not the path for me. I eventually started my Graduate Studies at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, following a Master of Science in Tradition Oriental Medicine. I graduated with honors, Magna Cum Laude and went on to pass the California State Board Examination for Acupuncture and the National Board Examination for Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology in 2002.
I have always been interested in Food Science and Nutrition and continue my education to assist my clients in this arena. In my opinion, diet and nutrition is the foundation of mens sana in corpore sano, “a sound mind in a healthy body”. First, food and nutrition is most important in dictating your optimal health and well-being. Our body receives energy from what we ingest and imbibe. If we eat an unbalanced diet or partake heavily in alcoholic or sugary drinks we do our body a disservice. Our minds become unclear and we make poor judgments and our body becomes weak and sluggish.
Second, exercise is key in maintaining the structure and function of the body dynamics, the ebb of flow of healthiness and disease or sickness. I have practiced yoga for almost 30 years and the benefits it has given me has been immense. I do believe any fitness regimen is beneficial to the body. Only overexertion of oneself can be problematic. Aerobic and anaerobic exercise increases oxygen intake into our cells and promotes cell regeneration and a boost in our immune system. For most people that exercise regularly, they often say that exercise is good for the mind because it takes the focus and energy of the overactive mind and diverts it into the body. Thus, calming the mind.
Third, meditation/relaxation/stress relief comes into play in developing and sustaining good health habits. Stress management focus’s on relaxing the body first and in turn relaxes the mind. I have studied and followed different meditation techniques including yogic meditation, zen meditation, passage meditation, Buddhist mindfulness practices, positive affirmation, and prayer. All these practices help to center, quiet and focus one’s mind and become aware of one’s present circumstances. It is only then that a person can make meaningful decisions and have best judgments.
Fourth, Acupuncture and massage helps to bring a person’s body and mind back into balance after one has experienced an extreme lifestyle or continues to do so. For example, people that have had physical and/or emotional trauma, accidents, prolonged illnesses, prolonged alcohol/drug abuse or is a professional athlete, often have imbalances in the body and mind. Regular acupuncture treatments and massages will help decrease the extreme ‘swings’ of the mind and body.