Placerville Acupuncture
& Functional Medicine


Holistic Medicine for the 21st Century

Welcome to the Placerville Acupuncture and Functional Medicine clinic of Alex Tuggle L.Ac.! I provide many holistic health services for you and your family's health needs. My treatments include Acupuncture therapy, Therapeutic massage, Chi Nei Tsang, Nutritional Balancing supplement programs, Hair mineral analysis lab testing and interpretation, Nutritional counseling, Medical Qigong and Guided Meditation as well as Chinese herbal medicine.

By combining both Western Biomedicine with Traditional Chinese Medicine, you get the benefits of both modern research along with the healing wisdom that has been around for centuries!

What Can I do for People?

1. I can help people determine which nutrients and minerals that their body needs in order to balance their metabolism, increase energy production, and facilitate the detoxification and elimination of heavy metals and toxic chemicals from the body.

2. I can help reduce stress on the adrenal glands by relaxing the nervous system into the Parasympathetic branch and help to reduce the “fight-or-flight” response. This will help the adrenals to not need to produce so many “stress hormones” such as cortisol, aldosterone, and epinephrine. This will help to conserve the hormonal precursors Progesterone and Pregnenolone, which often become depleted due to chronic stress and overworked adrenal glands.

3. I can balance neurochemistry such as neurotransmitters, minerals, and toxic heavy metals by supplying the nutrients that support brain function, and aid the glial cells in the brain to release toxic metals such as mercury, copper and aluminum that create mental and emotional stress and overexcitement of stimulating neurons. This can help to reduce anxiety, insomnia, palpitations, tachycardia, OCD, bipolar, panic attacks, depression, autism, and schizophrenia.

4. I can recommend herbs that truly heal people’s health condition, not merely masking the symptoms. I can determine which herbs would be correct for a person’s specific needs to help heal the adrenals, thyroid, digestive function, liver function, immune system, respiratory system, kidney function, reduce inflammation, and help treat the underlying factors that causes stress in the body.

5. I apply Shiatsu, Acupressure and Trigger-point massage to help release the specific sites in the muscles and ligaments that hold the most amount of stress, and limiting the range of motion in those muscle groups. Reiki, craniosacral touch and foot reflexology can all heal the energetic blockages and imbalances that can cause fatigue, stress, and toxins to build up in the body. Releasing these points with acupressure or energetic healing connectivity helps to revitalize the body’s own natural healing pathways, resulting in a more relaxed state and a stronger body-mind connectedness, so you feel more grounded.

6. My dietary consultations help people realize which foods they are eating that can be triggering an immune response or may be incorrect for their metabolism. I recommend foods that are nutrient dense and will help support their nutritional needs for optimal adrenal, thyroid, and Liver function. These three organs are responsible for the vast majority of all cellular metabolic functions that produce energy and remove toxins from the body.

My holistic approach to healing tries to understand the underlying causes to your current health condition. There may be multiple factors that are working together to create a web of imbalances throughout your body. Your nervous system, digestion, liver function and Endocrine glands like your adrenals and thyroid all play important parts in keeping every cell in our body working normally. If any one of these organs become disrupted by inflammation or chronic stress, a domino-effect of multiple health problems and many different symptoms may be the result of just a few underlying weaknesses or toxicities.

I rely on ancient techniques, such as palpation, feeling the pulse and questioning, as well as modern lab-testing such as Hair Analysis, saliva-testing as well as other diagnostic procedures in order to find out what is really causing your health situation, and come up with an effective healing solution.

I specialize in treating the following health conditions:

I am a fully licensed and certified second generation acupuncturist, herbalist and functional medicine practitioner, practicing in California since 2008. I specialize in the holistic treatment of back pain, neck and spine injuries, Adrenal fatigue, Thyroid disorders, Autoimmune conditions, Stress-related conditions, Hormonal balancing, Liver support and Heavy Metal Detoxification programs.

Functional Medicine is a 21st century solution to our many different health problems, stemming from poor nutrition, too much stress in our lifestyle, excessive use of pain-killers and prescription drugs, and toxins and heavy metals that we are exposed to in our water, food, household supplies, and Industrial practices.

A Functional Medicine practitioner must have a broad understanding of the many different health stressors that could be forming a complicated web of symptoms and various pathologies that could be linked to your diet, your exercise routine, your exposure to environmental toxins and heavy metals, or your ability to stay relaxed during times of stress. Your ability to sleep and rest deeply each night as well as emotions and personal relationships may be causing some of the stress that is causing your body and minds to use up nutrients and hormonal precursors that can get depleted from too much stress.

My experience as a holistic health practitioner has given me insight into the way we adapt to stress and exposure to toxic metals and chemicals, and how I can provide you the nutritional and herbal support to rebuild your body's healing mechanisms in the brain, muscles, nerves, cardiovascular system, kidneys, adrenal glands, thyroid, and cellular metabolic functions.

By applying modern research and Biomedicine such as Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis and Functional Medicine along with Traditional Chinese Medicine, Herbs, Acupuncture, and Qigong Breathwork and Massage, you can get the best of both worlds and tap into your healing energy with multiple tools to help you along the way.

I use a holistic approach to medicine by applying Chinese Herbs, Acupuncture, Nutritional supplements and Dietary counseling in order to boost your body's digestion and gut health, to help you utilize the necessary nutrients your body needs to rebuild enzymes, internal organ tissues, immune cells, and endocrine hormones such as T3, T4, Cortisol, Progesterone, Testosterone, and many other vital components to your health and healing. Your digestion and metabolism of vitamins, amino acids, minerals and essential fatty acids will improve your body's endocrine gland functioning and improve the production of sex hormones, digestive enzymes, neurotransmitters, metal-binding proteins and stress hormones.

My training has been extensive in Orthomolecular nutrition, Hair analysis interpretation and Nutritional balancing, Qigong and meditation breathing practices, such as Internal Martial Arts, which helps me to facilitate the healing modalities of Shiatsu massage and Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage. I use my intuitive hands to activate your "Bio-energy field" contained in your muscles, nervous system, and meridians that connect deeply through your body and internal organ pathways to help you let go of unreleased emotions and negative energy that can get trapped inside your various muscles and connective tissues.

My holistic health clinic aims to serve your health needs with a variety of Holistic healing treatments. These treatments include:








What is Holistic Healing all about?

Our physical bodily health is deeply rooted in our mental and emotional well being.

Stress is a powerful force that can adversely affect both the body and mind. Mental or emotional stress can cause many biochemical reactions that create oxidative stress, mineral imbalances, and can lead to Adrenal gland fatigue and Chronic fatigue syndrome.

Many different toxic chemicals and toxic heavy metals are now polluting the environment we live in, and are contaminating our bodies, producing illnesses, lowered immune function and many various symptoms that Traditional Medicine is ill-equipped to handle.

I provide a clear understanding of how these toxins effect your "Neuro-endocrine" system and physiology and give you a step-by-step treatment plan for addressing the underlying causes of your symptoms.

Holistic healing comes from finding your true natural state and living in harmony with yourself. I help many clients with Chronic fatigue syndrome with natural remedies such as Nutritional Balancing using Hair Mineral Analysis to help determine which minerals are out of balance inside your body, and supplementing with the right combination of vitamins, minerals and other natural supplements such as Chinese herbal medicine, Naturopathic medicine, and anti aging lifestyle counseling which includes Qigong, Meditation, and simple exercises that you can do in your own home.

By using Hair Mineral Analysis testing I am able to diagnose many endocrine imbalances and metabolic trends that can cause heavy metals to accumulate in your soft tissues, where a Blood test my not be able to detect them at all. This type of holistic medicine is often called Nutritional Balancing.

Without a good way to eliminate toxic heavy metals and resolve the stress of daily life, disease and discomfort can result. By identifying and eliminating the causative factors of stress by combining Nutrition, Chinese herbal medicine, Acupuncture, and Chi Nei Tsang I allow your body to return to its natural state of health, by REMOVING THE BLOCKAGES AND NOURISHING THE DEFICIENCIES.

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(530) 409-9612

Golden Wellness Center
245 Placerville Dr.
Placerville, CA 95667


DR. Alex is amazing! He gave me my life back, and got me better! I had been battling adrenal fatigue from copper toxicity for 2 years. He truly healed me. He is an incredible healer! I had been to doctor after doctor over the years. I am just so happy I found him! Have faith, and trust in him. He will get you better if you follow what he says, and have patience.

- Keira H., Capistrano Beach, CA

Absolutely the best choice I've made has been coming to Alex. I've been sticking with his diet plan for myself for 2 weeks and have been receiving acupuncture and having him work his magic and I feel amazing. I feel healthy and clean and feel a huge difference. I couldn't recommend him enough."

- Cheyanne C., Pollock Pines, CA

" I truly consider this the best massage of my life, I left feeling not only relaxed and rejuvenated, but also as if I had worked with a physical therapist, acupuncturist, and masseuse all in one. "

"Alex combined deep tissue with acupressure and he really worked out a lot of the tension I had built up in my body.

- JZ. - Oakland, CA

My final thoughts: if you are looking for an amazing massage that offers you a chance to reconnect with your body and work on tension release, this is the place for you. I have found no better and I don't think I could. Go!"

- JZ of Oakland, CA

"I couldn't have hoped for more rapid recovery. Alex is holistic, and his treatment works on many levels.

"My pain is reduced to a fraction of what it was, I'm much happier, and I have been unlocking parts of my life I didn't expect: my dreams are more rapidly resolving, the vast reduction of PTSD makes meditation and socializing so much more rewarding, I'm getting my life back."

- Oliver of Berkeley, CA

" I have never had a massage that thorough. He found all my pressure points and relaxed them with a very gentle, therapeutic approach. I am hooked and telling all of my friends about him. I will find the money to see him at least once a month. I am hooked."

Best manual therapist I've ever worked with! Alex has a healing touch. His work has helped me regain function after suffering from a back and neck injury. His knowledge and guidance is invaluable.

- Alesia M. - Oakland, CA

" The best massage that I have ever had. Alex is a master, as well as a caring human being. "

Chrisitina A. - Copperopolis, CA

" Alex is extremely diligent and takes great care in really understanding his clients before prescribing an action plan. He is an expert in nutrition and supplementation who really cares about the well being of his clients. I will definitely continue to work with Alex. "

- Pete P., Chicago, IL

" Alex has been treating me for a couple of years now using hair mineral analysis, nutritional balancing, acupuncture and herbs. I have seen great results working with Alex! My allergies are almost 100% gone, and I feel the healthier now than I ever have as an adult. Alex is extremely knowledgeable and patient, and willing to explain everything that he is doing to treat me so I feel comfortable and empowered.

- Lorien HW, Palo Alto, CA

" Alex has done wonders since I have been receiving services from him this past year and is by far the best acupuncturist and primary health care provider I have ever come across!

" I originally came to Alex to perform a hair analysis test as I was constantly feeling exhausted and I had visited many doctors throughout the past few years where I didn't feel as though I was getting the answers I needed. When my hair analysis results came back I was shocked, Alex walked step by step through my results helping me to understand how my adrenals are functioning and the level of heavy metals in my system amongst various other findings - adrenal exhaustion and thyroid problems is what was causing the imbalance in my body, It was extremely insightful to learn how my body was currently functioning and ways in which I could get back to a healthy stage without taking drugs that had negative side effects. "

- Michaela W., San Francisco, CA

"Alex's combination of knowledge about Chinese medicine mixed with his knowledge of modern/ western medicine. He could explain concepts of complementary medicines in modern medical terms. I prefer to understand thoroughly what or why the treatments are working. And, the work was all very helpful. I ended up trying a hair analysis as well, which provided a lot of helpful information that unlocked some root causes that led to where I feel so much more balanced now and able to get back in balance on my own if things go array because I understand what's going on."

- Christie O., San Francisco, CA

"I have chronic back pain, and have had this for the past 4 years. Alex Tuggle has been one of the acupuncturists who have been able to achieve some pain relief for me.

"Alex approached my case unlike anyone else I had seen, and he used different acupuncture points. He is someone willing to try new things, take different approaches on the treatment, and uses enough, but not too much force.

"I highly recommend Alex Tuggle for anyone, especially if they have experienced or have pain."

- Sarryh H. from Los Angeles, CA

“Alex is an amazing acupuncturist. His treatments are gentle yet effective. I have seen many different practitioners including acupuncturists, chiropractors, rolfers, and physical therapists.

Alex's treatments consistently gave me lasting relief from chronic pain due to an old car accident. This was unique because often treatments have only a temporary (a few hours) effect and I do not feel that they address the underlying muscular and emotional issues that Alex was able to resolve. I only wish that he still was in Los Angeles so that I could keep seeing him! His treatments truly address mind, body and spirit."
- Ashley B. from Los Angeles, CA

"I strongly recommend the services of Alex Tuggle, nutritionist extraordinaire. He uses Analytical Research Labs for hair analysis and can recommend a very effective (if somewhat plodding) nutritional balancing program.

"He also answers any number of ridiculous questions through both email and phone. Simply getting a hair test and trying to make sense of it yourself is unlikely to get you anywhere, but with some practical guidance, you can really take a step toward feeling better."

- Ben of Amarillo, TX

" OMG!!! This man is a miracle! He works exactly where your tension spots are and releases all the stress and bad chi!!! amazing!! LOVE LOVE LOVE....I have major back issues and my entire body is always sore because of my regular workouts and long work hours. "

N.G. - Sunnyvale, CA

" I knew from the first session that Alex really cares about his patients and wants to see them reach their healthy state, I have never had any health care provider take the time that Alex did to answer all of my questions and be there via email or phone if I needed to follow up after our initial consultation. I have been incorporating a herbal daily regime and including acupuncture and I have experienced positive changes even after Alex told me it could take up to two years for my body to get back to a full healthy stage. Not only do I receive acupuncture during each visit, I also have a follow up discussion with Alex to express any concerns and my progress. Alex is very warming, welcoming and is very educated, he has given me various exercise techniques to help with my symptoms along with been a therapist by helping me open up about the problems I have faced in life and how to best handle them so they do not haunt my body long term."

- Michaela W. San Francisco, CA

" Words can not express how awesome the massage was that I received at the Golden Wellness Center. I am truly relaxed and ready to take on the world. Alex was able to release the tension that I had within my body, he even found some spots that I did not know that I even had. "

- Jabez J. Oakland, CA

" Alex is an exceptional professional who I would not hesitate to recommend for nutritional balancing, lifestyle counseling, meditations and wellness endeavors. "

- Keerthy S. Sacramento, CA

" Alex is thoroughly knowledgeable in all aspects of Chinese medicine, from expert diagnosis to acupunture needle work. He has a very strong knowledge of nutrition and herbs. He is well versed on all the reputable providers of herbs. He also keeps a fresh stock of herbs for individualized treatments. I also had hair analysis with Alex and found the analysis and the prescribed herbs, minerals and vitamins to be very therapeutic to the healing from my illnesses. Alex also recommended exercises to improve my health and well being. I totally recommend him. "

- Tom M. Berkeley, CA