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The San Diego Acupuncture and Healthcare Resource


Carl M Balingit has been serving San Diego acupuncture since 2006. At Balingit Acupuncture, you can restore a holistic life full of vigor, mental clarity, and emotional well-being. All of these benefits come from a combination of acupuncture, herbs, compassion, humor, and some fun talks along the way.

Let’s look beyond your symptoms to discover your true self—your body and mind as it was meant to be.

Schedule an acupuncture appointment at (619) 994-2119

Acupuncture History  |  Mechanism

Acupuncture Needling

Painless needling technique.

Acupuncture was established in China during the Han dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE). It stimulates points on the body to cause a self-healing response. The healing that occurs is based on the ancient Chinese concept of Qi (pronounced “chee”).

Qi is the energy linked to all activity in our bodies. This energy may be physical, mental or emotional in nature. Acupuncture enhances this energy and promotes normal functions by relieving tension. Tension—or poor Qi movement—is the beginning stage of disease and a lack of energy.

Our bodies show signs of tension and Qi imbalance before symptoms occur. These signs can appear as changes on the skin, at pressure points, in the pulse, and on the tongue. Tongue and pulse diagnosis is the signature of acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture is effective because it helps us adapt to the stress that causes disease. There are varying types of stress. We’re stressed not only by our thoughts but also from overwork, injury, pollution, poor diet, and imbalanced lifestyles. All are triggers for broad symptoms that can sometimes be puzzling.

Acupuncture solves even the most puzzling health problems. It is based on natural science, involving not only detailed observation and experimentation but also millennia of peer review and consistent results.


To assess tension and Qi imbalance, a practitioner will gauge your pulses, observe your tongue, and check for abnormalities along connective tissue planes throughout your body.

In classical Asian acupuncture, each treatment is unique. The points that are used depend on all data collected through traditional diagnostic techniques. This contrasts a Westernized acupuncture style in which common points are selected based on the name of the disease rather than on the person. While both styles can be effective–in Balingit Acupuncture’s view–classical styles are the most effective in creating a holistic self-healing response.

In addition to a rational framework that includes heuristics, Balingit Acupuncture employs an interactive response to feedback gained during each acupuncture session.

Systems Thinking Medicine

Systems thinking is the study of patterns to identify relationships between dynamic elements. Our bodies are systems made up of structures and organs that influence each other. We cannot treat one part of the body while neglecting the rest, and expect optimal health.

Beyond our internal systems, we are also part of a larger system entailing the environment and diverse cultures. Our health is influenced by the condition of all the other elements in that larger system.

There are many dynamic systems that interact. San Diego can be considered a subsystem of California, which is a subsystem of the U.S. and, even broader, North America. Each of these systems presents its own culture that influences your healthcare resources. Read more about the San Diego healthcare culture below.

While the adoption of systems thinking is increasing in the healthcare field, it has been the mindset of acupuncture practice from the beginning.

Whether in China or San Diego Acupuncture Will Enrich Your Health

It is not painful. It treats the following conditions and more:

  • pain
  • stress
  • infertility
  • headaches
  • digestive disorders
  • chronic diseases

It not only treats disease but also maintains health and well-being by proactively supporting normal body functions.

On San Diego Acupuncture

San Diego offers a temperate climate, and a rich ecosystem of waterfronts, mountains and desert to support healthy outdoor living year-round. This attracts a diverse culture of healthcare providers to ensure that our residents and visitors can maintain their active lifestyle.

Within this healthcare culture, there are many choices. Even within a specialty like acupuncture, choices abound. The acupuncture benefits stated here and throughout this site assume that you follow due diligence in choosing your practitioner.

Take your time to meander through this site to not only address any questions or concerns about acupuncture, but also through the blog section to get a feel for the richness of this medicine.

Even greater confidence will come from a personal talk with the practitioner you may be considering. So feel free to contact me (Carl) any time at (619) 994-2119.