About Erin S. Prucha, L.Ac., MSOM, MA
Erin Prucha earned her Master’s of Science degree in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a Nationally Certified Diplomat in Oriental Medicine, Chinese Herbs, and Acupuncture (NCCAOM), and holds a license with the California State Acupuncture board. She has received specialized training in Women’s health issues, her specialty, as well as chronic pain management, immuno-deficiency disorders, sleep disorders, Emotional concerns (such as stress, anxiety, depression, and bi-polar disorder), and facial rejuvenation. She is also very interested in what is know as the Inner Tradition of Chinese Medicine, which focuses largely on our ability to live our destiny, and how this can affect physical as well as emotional health.
Prior to her training in Chinese Medicine, Erin received her M.A. in Art Education and Creativity from San Francisco State University and her B.A. in Liberal Studies from the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies at Sonoma State University. After this, she developed and managed CreArte – Retreat for the Arts in Costa Rica with two partners. The retreats were developed to offer educational vacations with the intent of facilitating creativity and artistic expression.
Erin opened her Acupuncture practice in Santa Rosa, CA in October of 2008. Prior to this she worked as an acupuncturist for Royal Caribbean cruise lines. “It was a great experience, but I wanted to work with patients for longer term care, to really get the results that Chinese Medicine can offer.”
“I believe that disease is a result of long held patterns of disharmony that may come from many sources, including physical traumas, pathogens, emotional disturbances, and long-held thought patterns All of these factors influence the body in a negative way, and the body holds these patterns until they are released. Acupuncture is a powerful tool to correct these negative patterns and establish a healthy, vibrant flow through he body’s energy system.
With the use of acupuncture and herbs I am able to help restore balance to the body and stimulate the body’s own natural healing mechanisms.”
I have always been interested in the human enigma and the quest that we all have for health, well-being, and inner contentment. I began my search to help humankind with art therapy and art education – my intention being to help people (and myself) find balance and freedom of self-expression.
I became interested in Chinese Medicine after having several treatments myself, and noticing the marked decrease in anxiety and restlessness. My life changed and I was finally able to accomplish things that I had previously been unable to do. Throughout my studies and up to now, I always come back to the connection of the emotional, spiritual, and physical beings. I am very interested in the Inner Tradition of Chinese Medicine, which focuses on the idea of destiny and well-being. If we are living our destiny, we are less susceptible to illness.
My practice has been informed not only by my amazing teachers from China, but also by Lonny Jarrett, author of “Nourishing Destiny”, and Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th generation Daoist master and renowned expert in the field, who teaches about the Eight Extra-ordinary meridians as giving access to healing our existential concerns. What interests me most about Chinese medicine is that, with the use of needles and herbs, one can experience a healthy and satisfying life, encompassing the physical, emotional, and spiritual elements of our being. I look forward to serving you.”
– Erin Prucha