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!

By looking at your individual needs and health factors, we can remove the root causes to your brain fog, poor memory, and difficulty focusing so you can have more energy, be more productive and live a happier and more fulfilling life, day after day.


Your Liver works hard for you day after day. Make sure your liver is able to continue detoxing your blood from all of the environmental toxins, pharmaceutical meds, pain meds, ibuprofen, and help your liver be to most important metabolic powerhouse that keeps your hormones in balance, thyroid hormones activated and keeps your brain supplied with activated vitamins, chelated minerals, neurotransmitter precursors and more!


When life gets busy and we have too little time get everything done, our nervous system goes into "overdrive" or what is called your "fight-or-flight" stress response. Find out how we can help to reduce your stress load and keep you from burnout!

How Can I Help You?

I can determine which nutrients and minerals that your body requires to function properly:

Hormonal Balancing and Women's health issues

Neurotransmitter Balancing

Depression and Thyroid conditions,

Autoimmune conditions

Eradicate Inflammation

Digestive issues like IBS, SIBO, Candida, and Parasites

Improve your Immune health and eliminate Stealth pathogens

Improve Cognitive health and Neurological conditions

Eliminates Brain fog and Feeling Tired.

I help to resolve the underlying stressors that keep your adrenal glands stuck in the “fight-or-flight” stress response by activating a switch called the Parasympathetic nervous system and Vagus nerve, which helps to turn off your nervous system and allow your body rest, heal and regenerate.







panic attacks



and schizophrenia.

  • I prescribe clinically tested and science-based Herbal and Nutritional formulas that resolve the underlying causes to your health condition, not merely masking the symptoms. 

I can determine which herbs would be correct for a person’s specific needs to help heal your:

 adrenal glands


digestive system

liver function

immune system

respiratory system

kidney function

reduce inflammation

& stress in the body.

  • 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. 
  • Neuro-Fascial Relase Technique, Acupressure, Internal Organ Chi massage and can all heal the energetic blockages and imbalances that can cause fatigue, stress, and toxins to build up in the body. 
  • Releasing these trigger 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.

" My holistic approach to healing is to treat 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 combine ancient techniques such as palpation, feeling the pulse and questioning, as well as modern lab-testing such as Hair Analysis, DUTCH test, GI-Maps and Blood analysis 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:

... Which may be causing some of the stress that is causing your body and mind to use up nutrients and hormones that get used up by 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.

My hands can activate your "Bio-energy field" which contained in your muscles, nervous system, and neuro-fascial membranes that connect deeply through your body and internal organ pathways, as a way to help you let go of unreleased emotions and blocked energy that can get trapped inside your various muscles, organs and connective tissues.

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








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Providing Placerville holistic medicine and holistic health care treatments, acupuncture, liver detoxification, Chi nei tsang, trigger point massage in Placerville, Pleasant Valley, Somerset, El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, Folsom, Pollock Pines, Shingle Springs, Camino, El Dorado County and East Sacramento Valley.