Welcome to Santa Barbara Chinese Medicine

Kristen Swegles LAc., MTCM, CMP

Chinese Medicine is one of the oldest and most common medical systems being practiced today. Around 2500 years ago, some of the brightest Chinese scholars in history created a system using the principles of nature and physical science to diagnose and heal the body. These principles include the five elements, yin and yang, and the energetics of qi, blood and body fluids.

Acupuncture works by activation and replenishment of the bodies “qi” in meridian pathways. A natural healing response ignites when chemicals like endorphins and serotonin are released. When qi is flowing abundantly and freely, there is an experience of physical, emotional and mental well being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems including but not limited to: Pain, anxiety/depression, insomnia, nausea, weight loss, labor induction, hormonal imbalance, and migraine headaches. Click on the link below to see the full list treatable conditions.

WHO Official position

Acupuncturists are currently Primary Care Providers, and can recognize Western medical conditions and refer to other Medical Professionals when necessary. Most Medical Insurance is accepted and billed for the patients convenience.

To have a complementary benefits check for your insurance, send a request with your Full name, DOB and insurance ID and phone number at the contact page, or call or email Kristen directly.


(831) 359-7779


The following modalities can be used in Chinese Medical treatment:

Acupuncture- Placement of fine sterile needles on acupuncture points to tonify or sedate Qi.

Herbal prescriptions- tinctures, tea or pills to correct a personal patterns of imbalance and to enhance the effects of acupuncture treatments.

Cupping – A method of removing stagnant qi and blood to relieve muscle tension and pain.

Moxibustion-  A warming technique using a stick of smoking herbs to heal trauma and promote the flow of qi.

Gua Sha – A soup spoon is used to gently massage muscle layers and relieve the area of tension and pain.

Tui Na- Medical massage.

Reiki- Placement of hands on and around the body to heal trauma and pain.

Floral Acupuncture- Flower essences placed on acupuncture points.

Flower Essences- The vibrational signature of a “bach flower remedy” placed in water, or in a personal blend.


Kristen Swegles, LAc.
Pain Management and Women’s Health Specialist