Mamie Ju Raynaud – Licensed Acupuncturist
Meet Dr. Mamie Ju Raynaud
Mamie Ju Raynaud is a California Board licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Los Angeles Chinatown, Mamie is a second-generation practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Her father, Master Gim Shek Ju is on the honor roll at the American Association of Oriental Medicine as one of the founding fathers of TCM in the United States.
“Chinese medicine was an integral part of my childhood. I certainly didn’t grow up in a traditional environment. How many kids do you know shared their living room with a crowd of waiting for patients? ”
In Her Own Words
What makes you different?
I never force the body to heal. I believe that each person’s healing should be done at his or her own pace. My ability to connect to another person affords me the insight necessary to uncover deficiencies in the body…and when I speak of the body, I also mean the mind as well.
Does acupuncture hurt?
After being exposed to acupuncture at a very young age, and assisting my father in the treatment room, I grew up rather needle-phobic myself. I am as gentle as possible with my patients when it comes to acupuncture.
Do you use acupuncture exclusively during your treatments?
Acupuncture is at the core of my practice, but I often use other modalities to help me tap into other subtle body energies. This includes muscle testing, mild body work or other techniques. Sometimes a prescription of herbs or a lesson in qigong is necessary to enhance and support care.
What are some conditions that acupuncture treats?
Acupuncture can treat both acute and chronic conditions. It’s recognized for mostly pain management, but there is so much more. It’s very effective for infertility, prenatal, gynecological disorders, menopause, thyroid, and adrenal deficiencies, respiratory diseases, especially colds and flu symptoms, stress, depression, auto-immune, and addiction. Acupuncture is also effective for detoxing the body from over-the-counter or prescription drugs, and combined with proper nutrition, is a wonderful support for patients going through cancer treatments.
This is just a short general list. Every condition is different, and therapy needs vary greatly from person to person, even with the same diagnosis. Once the root cause is determined, acupuncture builds the body’s foundational strength. Then the body’s innate healing abilities take over. Acupuncture is not a symptom-based practice, but taps into the interworking of the whole body.
What types of treatments do you offer?
Acupuncture treatments, herbal medicine, and nutrition are at the core of my practice. But I also utilize other tools like fire cupping, electrical stimulation, and tuina bodywork. Patients can also choose to come in for a basic “Unwind” stress release session, where limited acupuncture is performed, and the body melts its worries away on a therapeutic Biomat. An “Unwind” session is a great introduction to acupuncture.