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Why Our Clients Love Blue Lotus

We are a family in practice of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and would love to help you and your family in your pursuit of happiness and well-being.
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Mission

Blue Lotus Health & Acupuncture is about more than using TCM as a luxury to treat pain or stress. It is HEALTH care. Traditional Chinese Medicine has treatment protocols using acupuncture, herbs, moxa, gua sha, cupping, or tui-na (t’way nah) massage for almost every kind of condition. At BLHA our goal is to treat each individual with the care and respect they need to treat their individual pattern, however it manifests as a disease.

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About the Careagas…

They enrolled in Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, the nation’s most prestigious and one of its oldest schools in 2008, and graduated in 2012.  They have Master’s of Science degrees in Traditional Oriental Medicine.

 Shifu Ramon Careaga, C.Ac.m Diplomate of Oriental Medicine for NCCAOM, uses all of the modalities, with a particular interest in herbology and tuina acupressure, and teaches Therapeutic Tai Chi.  
His interests are , acute infections, gerontology, injuries, ‘shen’ therapy, and health consultation (diet, weight, etc…)

Mrs. Arwen Careaga, C.Ac (Diplomate of Acupuncture) also uses all the modalities with major interests in auricular acupuncture, cupping, and gua sha.  Her specialties are in family/pediatrics, pregnancy, dermatology, and autoimmune disorders.

Sf. Ramon Careaga

Ramon is a native of Lexington, KY. He attended the University of Kentucky where he received a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering. He also holds a 3rd degree Black Belt in Shaolin-Do, most recently testing on May 29th, 2010. He teaches gung fu and nei fa privately only and is not currently accepting students; he is accepting students in the Herbal medicine and TCM training privately, contact us to apply.

At any rate, in an effort to introduce the West to Chinese culture, Shifu endeavors to also represent the medicine as it is: a first rate system of comprehensive health-care (minus surgery). In the West the law limits TCM to the treatment of non-medical emergency, non-surgical, and non-cancer only conditions. Even still this leaves a vast area of human health and concerns to draw upon the 5,000+ years of Chinese Medicine and other alternative medicine history.On top of this Shifu Careaga offers courses in personal growth and development such as Bagua Dharma, 5 Element  Theory and Diet, Self-defense for women, and therapeutic Qi Gong.

Arwen Careaga

Arwen is from Beauty, KY, just outside Inez in Martin County. She attended Berea College where she majored in Elementary Education. She also holds a 1st degree Black Belt.  She is a mother of three children, and manages the clinics.

Jenny-Marie Greenough

Jenny-Marie Greenough (green-know), C.Ac (KY), L.Ac. (CA), RYT is a nationally certified practitioner of acupuncture and herbal medicine and Registered Yoga Teacher. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and is a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine. Jenny-Marie is a former Naval Nuclear Power Officer and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. Her hobbies include working with horses, studying tai chi and Chinese calligraphy, and spending time in nature.

Holly Christiansen

Holly Christiansen is a Certified Acupuncturist who has also practiced in California and Washington state. She received a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California. She completed her undergrad degree with a primary focus on Spanish and Latin American studies. She is also 200 RYT Power Yoga Teacher Certified.

While resonating strongly with the holistic approach of Chinese medicine, Holly appreciates integrating Eastern and Western medical knowledge when assisting her patients. She has previously worked side by side with Western physicians and staff at San Diego Hospice, San Diego Cancer Center (UCSD Medical Center) and the Geriatric Free Clinic in downtown San Diego. Holly also annually treated active duty and retired veterans during Stand Down San Diego.

Holly’s approach to treatment is adaptive to the needs of each individual patient. She believes in enhancing health by prompting the body’s own ability to heal itself and subsequently building upon that with nutritional and lifestyle modifications, and is honored to assist patients in achieving their unique wellness goals.”

What Our Clients Say About Us!

Low Back Pain

“I went to see Shifu for lower back pain.  I felt noticeably better after just the first treatment!  He was very patient, knowledgeable and caring.  Highly recommended.”

~Jeremy O.
February 17, 2013
Blood Pressure

“Sf. Ramon Careaga is a professional, compassionate and highly knowledgeable TCM provider. I’ve had endocrine and high blood pressure issues for the pass 5 years. With the treatment and guidance of Mr. Careaga, my blood pressure has decreased by 20 points. And, I have lost weight, which has been a battle for the past 5 years. My overall energy level, physical health and emotional well-being has improved. I am very grateful for his care and time.”

~Lesley K, San Diego
February 17, 2013
Knee Pain, Treated by Arwen

“I have had bad knees my whole life, ever since I was a little kid. As time has gone on my knees have gotten worse. I have had surgery and been to physical therapy many time to keep them functioning. Prior to going in I had given up the idea of playing basketball due to the deterioration of my knees. After my second visit my knee was noticeably stronger and years of wear and tear were taken off. Now I can play basketball, not every day but I am able to play a couple of times a month. Occasionally when I would go in to take care of my knees Arwen would work on other things, like tendinitis in my wrist. Worked on that one day I went in, hasn’t bothered me since, which was in October. If you are looking for an acupuncturist and have an opportunity to go see them you definitely should!”

~Amir J
September 6, 2012
Chronic Pain, Scoliosis, and Sinus Issues

“I originally sought out acupuncture after living with unexplained pain for nearly 10 years. I was immediately impressed by how willing Ramon and Arwen were to explore different treatment approaches. More importantly I was relieved to finally begin getting answers as to what was causing my symptoms and know that it could be treated. There have been multiple occasions that I arrived to an appointment in pain and left with complete relief of my symptoms. I am also thrilled to say that my greatest area of pain has been relieved and has yet to return. Even when I dont have a specific “symptom” to address, I have enjoyed the stress relief and overall positive energy building that I receive from acupuncture at Blue Lotus and will continue to incorporate treatments as part of maintaining my health in all areas of life.”

~Arin D
September 5, 2012
Heel Spur and Fasciitis
“I’ve had pain in my feet for over 2 years, with the pain increasing with time. The pain had altered my quality of life. I tried so many new shoes & shoe inserts. I’d done physical therapy which gave me some improvement but after 8 months my Dr suggested to stop the PT because the improvements had slowed down & the cost of PT was too great. My Dr started injecting steroids into my feet which caused so much pain during the shot I would be off work a week & couldn’t walk. While the shot would settle my pain for 2 months, I would hear my Dr suggesting another painful shot & surgery would be his next step.
This is when I tried something I would never have dreamed I would try: ACUPUNCTURE!Thank you Blue Lotus Health & Acupuncture for giving me my life back!
My pain had become so great it was affecting all my relationships, my husband is glad to see ME again, my children enjoy the new me also. My feet feel wonderful, even after a hard days work.
I highly recommend anyone visiting with the good folks at Blue Lotus Health & Acupuncture!”~ Michelle H
September 4, 2012

Fibromyalgia

“When I first came to Blue Lotus, I had tried everything for my fibromyalgia and nothing was working.  After my first session of acupuncture, I began to feel relief.  I have received open and honest communication about my health and treatment from the beginning.  I have been treated with respect and have left each session feeling confident and refreshed.  I have been amazed at the results I am seeing and feeling.  This has been a fantastic experience and I look forward to continuing.”

Alison H
September 4, 2012

Did You Know?

“Shifu” in Chinese culture can refer to a teacher or to a doctor, as in ancient times they were invariably the same person in a tribe. In the west, a degree in Chinese medicine does not equate to a doctorate. However it is important, we feel, to give the shifu’s everywhere the proper formal respect as has been done in olden times and as we still do today with doctors. Not that long ago people used Mister and Missus, and some have argued that the dropping of these forms of respect has lowered the standard and our own culture’s self-respect and respect for elders.

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