My role as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine is to help people find balance in their physical, mental, and emotional lives, and provide the treatments and tools so they are empowered to re-establish balance within the fluctuations of their life.
Illness and pain are usually the result of imbalances caused by traumatic injury, poor diet, emotional stress, family history/genetics, overwork, poor physical posture (repetitive motion), weak immunity (bacteria and virus are everywhere) and poor sleep.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine alone do not cure illness or ease pain. The doctor must advise the patient of changes that need to be made in their life. The patient and doctor work together to create balance and bring good health. Often this is accomplished by balancing the Yin (quiet, passive, cool) and Yang (active, aggressive, hot) factors in their life. People can have yin or yang predominance in their constitution, diet, occupation, emotions, physical activity, stresses, etc.
For the Doctor of Traditional Oriental Medicine, science, philosophy, intuition, and touch are used to design treatments to help people create balance in their lives. The tools include acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional advice, physical advice, massage and physical manipulation (tuina), and more.
Life will always have challenges, stresses and fluctuations. In achieving good health, the path itself becomes the goal. The state of ill health or dis-ease can be considered a step in the empowerment of people to make the personal changes necessary to reach the elusive state of good health.
Dr. Diamond has been practicing acupuncture and Oriental medicine in Santa Barbara for 30 years. He received acupuncture training at the California Acupuncture College in Los Angeles from 1979 through 1982. He returned to the same school in 1983 to earn the degree of Doctor of Oriental Medicine (OMD). He has both a California State License and a National License.
He began teaching at the Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine (SBCOM) in 1983. Classes taught included acupuncture theory, acupuncture points (location, techniques, and function), and Clinical Supervision.
He was the Academic Dean at SBCOM from 1995 through 2007. Responsibilities included hiring faculty, presiding over faculty meetings, organizing the Master's Degree Projects, curriculum planning, syllabus approval, reviewing cumulative exams, and conflict resolution.
Dr Diamond studied with teachers from many countries including China, Japan, Korea, Australia, France, Belgium, Germany, England, and the United States, and utilizes many styles of practice from their teachings.
How long is a typical Acupuncture session?
First treatments with history and diagnosis are about 1 hour. Follow up sessions vary from 30 min to one hour depending on age, strength of the patient and complexity of the problem.
STYLES OF PRACTICE
I have studied with teachers from many countries including China, Japan, Korea, Australia, France, Belgium, Germany, England, and the United States, and utilize many styles of practice from their teaching.
I use traditional Chinese Medicine tools of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine which include:
Ø Cupping and gwa sha
Ø Moxabustion and TDP (heat treatment)
Ø Herbal medicine (pills, powders, decoctions)
I also utilize these additional tools and methods:
¨ Ion Cords
These are Japanese and help regulate the flow of positive and negative ions in the acupuncture meridians. There is an excess of positive ions in the cells where there is pain and inflammation. The cords are germanium alloy wires with a clip on each end to attach to needles. There is a diode at one end to only allow ions to flow in one direction. No outside source of electricity is used. It was invented by Japanese Doctor Manaka in a burn clinic in Japan where many patients were alleviated of burn pain with the use of ion cords.
This machine is from China and emits a variable low frequency sound wave in the range of 5 to 20 Hertz (cycles per second). It is a sound that is too low to hear but the gentle vibration can be felt. The company that manufactures the machine, China Healthways Institute calls it a "Qi Gong Machine" because the emitted low frequency sound matches the emission of the Qi Gong energy healers in ancient and modern China. More information about infrasound is found on the website: www.chinahealthways.com/
¨ Electro-acupuncture with both milli-amperage and micro-amperage.
This utilizes wires clipped directly to acupuncture needles stimulated with a low amplitude device.
This machine is a Japanese electronic stimulator that both locates and treats acupuncture points with a metal probe. It is particularly useful on the face for chronic and acute sinus problems with patients who are fearful of facial needling.
¨ Lifestyle consultation
Dietary advice, exercises, and specific movements to balance repetitive motion injuries.
¨ Tuina and non-force manipulation.
¨ Shoni Shin – traditional Japanese method of treating children and babies without acupuncture needles
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Santa Barbara, California, United States