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At the Center for Health & Healing, we use ancient philosophies to guide the hands of modern medicine in treating:
• stress-related disorders
• smoking addiction
• chronic pain and illness

• musculoskeletal problems
• side-effects of cancer treatment

Our team of licensed and certified practitioners creates a combination of individualized therapies to help enhance and enrich your life through healthier living. All techniques are administered with skill, knowledge and a complete understanding of your unique situation. By working together, we help you on your way to optimal health.

The Center for Health & Healing is sponsored by the Daughters of Charity, who founded LA’s first hospital, St. Vincent Medical Center, in 1856. Today, this 347-bed acute care facility continues to provide hope, healing and renewed health to all those in the surrounding community. Discover your path to peace, tranquility and relief. Discover the Center.


Acupuncture: helps normalize the way your body functions while promoting vitality and helping to relieve stress and pain. Acupuncture uses fine needles, placed at specific body points, to balance energy.

Acupressure: helps release stress and pain by using pressure points to balance energy.

Herbal Therapy: promotes better overall health using natural-based supplements. Herbal Therapy blends specific combinations of herbs and other natural supplements, individualized just for you.

Massage Therapy: uses a gentle system of touch to release blocked energy and promote balance and harmony.

Yoga and Pilates: influences strength and flexibility by centering your body’s energy. These two therapies encourage you to stretch your way to balance.

Fitness Training: helps your body heal through strength and endurance. Fitness Training incorporates elastic bands and exercise to show how the use of specific movements can physically change your body.

Nutrional Guidance: enriches your life by balancing your diet and teaching you to eat better. Nutritional guidance uses vitamins, minerals and other nutritional supplements, individualized for you.
Body-Mind Therapies: reduces the stress in your life by incorporating relaxation and visualization techniques. Body-Mind Therapies will help you to discover change by understanding your inner self.

Relaxation & Breathing Therapy teaches deep relaxation of the body and mind.

Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong increases energy, flexibility and relaxation by using ancient Chinese systems of movement and meditation.

Visualization Therapy focuses on mental and visual techniques to help you see your way to better health.

Jin Shin Jyutsu uses a gentle system of touch to release blocked energy and promote balance and harmony.

David L. Boyd, Ph.D., L.Ac.
The path to alternative medicine is a journey that David L. Boyd, executive director for the Center for Health & Healing, began many years ago. A scholar with a Ph.D. from Yale University, Boyd became fascinated with the teachings of ancient medicine and its application to today’s diseases, and left academia to study at Pacific Institute of Oriental Medicine and LongHua Hospital in Shanghai, China. He is currently one of the most prominent practitioners of complementary medicine in the United States, having served as the academic dean of Samra University for Oriental Medicine and as the clinic director of complementary medicine at St. Vincent Medical Center. Board certified in Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture, Dr. Boyd is a frequent lecturer on the subject of alternative medicine and writes a regular column for Acupuncture Today magazine. Under his direction, the licensed and certified practitioners at the Center for Health & Healing at St. Vincent Medical Center treat stress-related disorders, musculoskeletal problems, smoking addiction, negative side-effects of cancer treatment, chronic pain, illness and more.

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