Meet Leah

Leah Olson, CA

Many people who come to see me are struggling with an illness or an injury that has not responded fully to conventional treatments. Most have never seen an acupuncturist before and are unsure what to expect. Part of my goal as a practitioner is to help make acupuncture more of a mainstream treatment by educating […]

Your Treatment

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Your first appointment includes a comprehensive health intake, discussion of your health goals, and your first acupuncture treatment. During the second appointment we will go through your individualized treatment plan, which includes information on your prognosis and how to judge the effectiveness of the treatments. Many people are apprehensive about receiving acupuncture the first time. Remember, […]


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The words of another person who has experienced acupuncture is often more reassuring than anything I could say. Some of the people I’ve worked with have been kind enough to share their own experiences. From a patient… Working with Leah was my first experience with Traditional Chinese Medicine and I can’t speak highly enough of […]

TCM and You

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a healing paradigm that has developed over the last three millennia in China and is currently used in state-of-the art teaching hospitals across that country. Millions of people a year are treated around the world. Acupuncture can be used for a wide variety of ailments (click here for the World Health Organization’s complete list). In my experience, acupuncture is particularly well-suited for people with acute or chronic pain concerns, mood disorders, women’s health issues, and any type of symptom that seems to be exacerbated by stress.

In addition to acupuncture, I also incorporate Chinese herbal medicine in patient care. Many people have heard of acupuncture, but few realize that in China about 70-80% of people treated in TCM hospitals and outpatient clinics are treated with Chinese herbs. Acupuncture is actually less used as a treatment modality than herbal medicine. Herbs can be especially beneficial for clients with problems with mood, sleep and digestion. Additionally, gynecology is an area where Chinese herbal treatments truly excel. It is always up to individual clients whether or not they choose to take herbs. Click here to learn more about Chinese herbal medicine.

In my experience, if acupuncture is going to be helpful, the majority of clients will see noticeable improvements in symptoms within three to four treatments. Often people will feel noticeably better after only one or two treatments.  That’s not to say that symptoms will have completely resolved, but a person can usually tell very quickly whether or not acupuncture will be of benefit.

Acupuncture is an extremely safe treatment option with virtually no side effects when administered by an experienced practitioner. If your only options are more medications, injections or surgery, this is a very safe and conservative therapy to try first. Please click here for more information on research demonstrating the efficacy of acupuncture.

If you’d like to find out if traditional Chinese medicine can help you, please contact me!


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    Cancer Care

    Acupuncture can be used for a variety of problems faced by cancer patients.  Acupuncture is not used to treat cancer.  Rather, its purpose is to decrease side effects of conventional cancer treatments and improve a person’s overall quality of life. Acpuncture can be used before and after surgery to prevent infection and side effects and […]

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    Pain Management

    Acupuncture is effective for a variety of pain issues. It works by stimulating blood flow and tissue repair at needle sites and sending nerve signals to the brain that regulate the perception of pain. Acupuncture can be used for for both acute injuries and chronic pain. It is helpful for headache, neck and back pain, […]

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    Women’s Health

    Acupuncture and herbal medicine can influence hormonal pathways to stimulate hormone production and correct subtle imbalances.  It can help women with a wide variety of problems including premenstrual syndrome, painful periods and endometriosis, menopausal syndrome, and infertility. Acupuncture is also very helpful during pregnancy for morning sickness and other complaints. It can also be used […]

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    Mental Health

    A great strength of traditional Chinese medicine is its conception of the mind-body connection. In fact, traditional Chinese medicine recognizes negative emotions as one of the main causes of illness. Negative emotions such as anger, frustration, sadness or anxiety can stagnate the energy of the body, giving rise to a variety of whole-body symptoms. By […]

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    Digestive Health

    A strong digestion is the foundation of good health. Problems with digestion can have a real impact on quality of life, causing discomfort, lack of energy and overeating. A combination of acupuncture and moxibustion can often work wonders for a variety of complaints including acid reflux, nausea, gas, bloating, indigestion, abdominal pain, diarrhea and constipation. […]