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Alex Tuggle L.Ac.

Alex Tuggle L.Ac., is a 2nd generation Acupuncturist, herbalist and Qi gong and Tai Chi practitioner. He has studied extensively holistic Nutrition, Functional medicine and Megavitamin therapy, and now combines Traditional Chinese Medicine along with Biomedicine and Nutritional medicine as way to treat the whole person.

Alex Tuggle L.Ac. has been a Licensed Acupuncturist since 2008, which certifies him as a primary care physician in the state of California. He received his Master's of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (M.S.TCM) from Yo San University in Los Angeles, CA in 2007.

Alex Tuggle has also done post-graduate studies in Holistic Nutritional therapy and Orthomolecular Nutrition using Hair Mineral Analysis to diagnose endocrine disorders and heavy metal toxicities. He has studied and trained in various forms of Pain management acupuncture protocols such as "Trigger point" orthopedic acupuncture, Japanese Meridian Theory, Chi Nei Tsang, Dr. Tan's and Master Tung's system, Balance method, Japanese Pulse and Hara diagnosis methods.

Alex Tuggle has training in Asian Bodywork massage techniques such as Shiatsu, Tuina, Hara Abdominal Massage, Acupressure, Trigger-point release and Medical Qigong which is similar to Reiki Therapy. Alex also has training in Chi Nei Tsang, a form of abdominal massage that helps to relax the nervous system and expand the breath to help the release of old memories and emotions.

Dear Readers,

My life changed dramatically when I was twelve years old as I was hit by a car while rollerblading without a protective helmet. I suffered a serious head injury and a broken ankle and I was unconscious as they rushed me to the UCLA emergency room. I was held in intensive care for several days and was later released with a cast on my left leg from my hip to my foot, which later caused serious hip alignment issues and subsequent spine disorders.

Years later I started to experience tremendous pressure in my head and severe stiffness in my neck. I went to see a chiropractor who told me that my hips were completely out of alignment and I had semi-severe scoliosis in my mid-back.

I got regular chiropractic treatment for a couple years but my neck pain and stiffness wouldn't go away. I tried several other alternative therapies such as Cranio-sacral therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback therapy, and all of it helped but not enough to make any huge improvement.

Once I began practicing my Qigong exercises and getting Acupuncture treatments more regularly, as well as getting deep tissue shiatsu massage, my muscles were able to loosen up more than before as my nervous system began to relax. Qigong stretching exercises, Acupuncture, Trigger point release techniques, dietary balancing, avoiding sugar, alcohol, and spicy foods, taking Chinese herbs and Nutritional Balancing vitamins and supplements, and giving myself enough time to rest and relax my nervous system out of the "SHOCK" or "fight-or-flight" or even "freeze" response that my mind and body had been stuck in since my accident.

I have since dedicated myself to learning, practicing and teaching holistic remedies for chronic back pain such as many various forms of Qi gong, meditation, stretching, acupuncture, massage and herbal medicine. By understanding and practicing certain fundamental concepts, we can take control of our physical health by our own efforts./p>

I have studied many different forms of Taijiquan and Qigong from various teachers, most notably the "Ni family lineage" in Los Angeles, CA headed by Maoshing Ni and Daoshing Ni of the Tao of Wellness who's practices I have learned when I was a child.

I have also developed many of my own practices over the years. Every person has their own intuition and "body sense" and if you just listen quietly to the body, you can develop movements and exercises that are Self-healing and can transform your pains into healing energy. By slowing down and breathing deeply and naturally, you can find your center which will help to integrate the injuries back to wholeness and health.

Please go to my Contact page and leave me a message if you would like to know more about any of my services, including Qi gong and Taichi instruction.

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