Welcome to Balance Point Wellness
Balance Point Wellness is the healthcare practice of Bruce Gustafson, MTOM, L.Ac., Doctoral Fellow. Using Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Integrative & Functional Medicine, Aromatherapeutics and Herbal Medicine, I blend classic and contemporary methods of my training in your wellness care. I also strive to provide healthful information through blogs and articles from different sources and areas of interest. Find select wellness products through the Elements for Health online store, including herbal and nutritional supplements, essential oils and aromatherapy products, and body & skin care solutions. My practice is centrally located in the vibrant Larchmont Village area of Los Angeles. For more information or to schedule a consultation or treatment appointment, please contact me using the information provided below.
Our Balance Point Mission
My practice is devoted to achieving the health and optimum balance of these aspects in each person: Essence - Energy - Spirit - Life Purpose.
Each person is truly unique in their constitution, in how the body physiology functions and how it responds to various stress factors. My guiding principle always provides a caring, whole person, professional approach. I work with each client personally, taking my time to listen & to be with you in a meaningful way. We create effective methods that will address disease prevention, treat existing conditions, and support and restore your optimal balance and well being.
Our Balance Point Wellness Services
I maintain an integrative holistic approach by using treatment elements that include acupuncture, herbal medicine, functional medicine, science based nutritional supplements, essential oils and lifestyle wellness care to assist you in resolving any of these conditions:
Menopause Symptoms - Issues & Concerns of the Aging Male - Men's Fertility - Gastrointestinal/Digestive Issues - Emotional & Spiritual Well Being - Stress Reduction - Low Energy & Chronic Fatigue - Difficulty with Attention or Focus - Low Immunity - Anxiety - Insomnia & Sleep Disorders - Hypertension - Autoimmune Issues - Chemotherapy, Radiation and Cancer Therapy side effects - And focused care for optimizing performance and your capacity to fully engage with your life, your goals, your purpose.
My work supports Transitions in Life & Health for both Women and Men - assisting women through the process of menopause and respecting women's overall empowerment. My focus is equally on helping men through their own andropause adjustments, or simply to realize healthy life balance. Together, we integrate Eastern and Western means to help you resolve symptoms, working with your individual body energetics and physiology to reach positive outcomes. Preventative care can also be crucial in finding ease through life's transitions, and I use various methods to evaluate and support any physiological patterns and lifestyles that need adjustment, support or modification.
A meaningful portion of my practice also involves Wellness for Men of all ages, from adolescence through life's golden years. I offer treatments in support of men, to help all our years be as vital as possible. In my clinical practice I also work with male fertility, and help provide support for men preparing to become fathers, including care for their partners and family members.
I'm pleased to provide these various services to help meet your wellness goals:
Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture at the West LA Veterans Stand Down Event. This form of acupuncture has been shown to influence the vagus nerve and other neural pathways. These help regulate the parasympathetic nervous system and its effect on various organs and other body functions. All forms of acupuncture, including Auricular, have been shown to help release endorphins to block pain receptors as well as raise seratonin levels, which regulate mood, sleep, digestion and cognitive function.
- herbal medicine
- massage techniques - tui na & gua sha
- nutritional counseling & supplements
- cupping therapy
- metabolic assessment & lab work analysis
- lifestyle counseling
- essential oil acupoint aromatherapy (I'm an AAT Certified & trained practitioner)
- cleanse & renewal programs
Latest Blog Posts, Articles and Resources
- Why & How Acupuncture Works
- As Opioid Epidemic Rages, Complementary Health Approaches to Pain Gain Traction
- Using Acupuncture for Pain Relief - Harvard Health Publications
- The Benefits and Risks of Self-Diagnosing Health Conditions and Self-Prescribing Treatments
- A Dose of Chinese Medicine...You May Be Familiar With the Notion of "Qi" or "Chi" But What is Jing-Qi-Shen