A Personal Message From Brent:
Welcome to my website! My name is Brent Keime (pronounced like TIME but with a K). I’ve been a California licensed acupuncturist since 2006 when I graduated from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, but my interest and involvement in the practice of natural health care systems dates back to 1997 when I began training as a massage therapist. Originally from Nebraska, massage therapy was the closest I could get to training in natural health care back in late 90’s Omaha. Even in my massage and bodywork practice I was drawn towards and influenced greatly by Asian bodywork modalities and Asian systems of thought: martial arts, East Asian philosophy, and especially the traditional medical systems of China and East Asia. Then, as a patient, I tried acupuncture for the first time, and I experienced a sense of calm and well-being that I had never achieved even when receiving a massage. I was hooked. I had to know more.
It has been my experience during my years of practice that Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete system of medicine in its own right. It looks at the body as a great interconnected whole that takes into account not only the physical nature of our health, but the emotional, psychological and spiritual natures of our well-being as well. When a patient comes to me with a specific complaint I don’t just attempt to remedy that particular symptom, but instead seek to adjust the system wide imbalances that lead to the eventual expression of that symptom in the first place. In treating each patient from this perspective, improvement in the chief complaint is achieved, but even more important than that, balance is achieved in the ‘whole’ person and aspects of multiple body systems can improve.
There is nothing more rewarding to me than when a patient comes to me with a simple straight forward complaint: let’s say elbow pain for example. Then after a series of treatments I hear how not only has the elbow pain improved, but they are sleeping better, their digestion has improved, their thinking seems clearer, they have more patience with their kids or stress situations don’t seem to affect them the way they used to. I often hear my patients say something along the lines of “I didn’t know how bad I was feeling until I started feeling so good.” This may not occur with every patient, but it does occur a great deal of the time.
In fact this is the real power of acupuncture as I see it: the steady general push towards health in all aspects of life. I might relate it to something similar to beginning a routine of running five days a week for 30 minutes each day. You might not notice any great improvement in life after the first run, but after a month or two, you suddenly look back and see how much better you feel (physically, emotionally, psychologically) than you did before beginning your running regimen.
Acupuncture can be strong and subtle like this. Though I have seen ‘miracle’ improvements in patients after one or two treatments, the results of acupuncture are more often than not like going to the gym. You don’t work out once and achieve the perfect body. You have to make a commitment to your health. Patients who set regular acupuncture appointments are rewarded with a continuous sense of balance, health and well-being. This is true preventative health care.
So I encourage you to give acupuncture a real try for your own health. A REAL TRY! Don’t just try it once and then say “it didn’t work”. Again you can’t go to the gym once and suddenly have a perfectly fit body. Commit to an initial series of treatments and see how much better you feel. I want to share with you the power of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. Give me a call today at 619.800.2287 to set up your acupuncture appointment and find out just how healthy you really can be.