Welcome to Balance Point Wellness
Balance Point Wellness is the acupuncture practice of Bruce Gustafson, L.Ac., MTOM., blending Traditional Chinese Medicine, Integrative & Functional Medicine, Aromatherapeutics and other classic and contemporary wellness care. My practice centers are located in the Santa Monica and Larchmont Village areas of Los Angeles. I also strive to provide healthful information through our blog and articles from different sources and areas of interest. You can 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. For more information or to schedule a consultation or treatment appointment, please contact us 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. I maintain an integrative holistic approach to your care by using treatment elements that can include acupuncture, herbal medicine, functional medicine, science based nutritional supplements, essential oils and lifestyle wellness care.
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, so that together 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
Using various specific treatment methods, including Traditional Chinese Internal Medicine, I provide wellness care and 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 - Headaches - Anxiety - Insomnia - Hypertension - Autoimmune Issues - Chemotherapy, Radiation and Cancer Therapy side effects.
I specialize in Life Transitions in Health for both Women and Men, particularly supporting and working through the process of menopause, and helping aging men through their own andropause experiences. Together, we integrate Eastern and Western means to help you resolve symptoms, and work 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 various treatment methods in support of men as we age, with an emphasis on holistic internal medicine, to help all our years be as vital as possible. In my clinical practice I also work with 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:
- 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
Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture at the West LA VA 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.
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