Alternative Health Care Concepts
10645 Riverside Dr, North Hollywood, CA 91602
Alternative Health Care Concepts, Inc
By Appointment Only: Yes
Services: Medical Services
03/31/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I have been seeing Christina for acupuncture for 4 months. She is incredible. I went to many doctors/specialists over the last 8 months for my ailments. I learned more from her in the first visit than all of my doctors. I really had no idea that the first session was going to be like going to a doctor. I thought I would go in lay down and get needles put in me. Christina really took her time to go over everything that has been going on in all aspects of my life. Her moto is ""results"" and she wants to get them. In my case she has. For all of the symptoms that I have gone in with all of them have gotten 90% better or have completely gone away. She is definitely worth the cost. I would rather pay her then have a doctor see me for two minutes, not really listen to me, judge me, and tell me nothing is wrong. Christina listens then acts accordingly hitting all the areas that you are having problems with. The office is nice, cozy, has great energy, and I have never had to wait. I also love the heated beds. I will be going back for sure. I only wish I had more money so I could go every week!
10/16/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I was invited to a golfing vacation in the mountains of New Mexico but I was in tremendous pain from a tennis elbow due to over zealous racquetball playing.. I went to my GP who gave me Anti-inflammatory medicine but I was still in so much pain I could not use my left arm. This had happened to me before and it taken me 6 months to heal.
I met Christina at a trade fair where she asked me to ""stick out my tongue"" and then proceeded to diagnose my health condition. I was intrigued by this method of diagnosis as I had never encountered it. before. Christina was very professional and exuded such high self-confidence that it was hard to doubt her.
During my last episode with tennis elbow, which took 6 months to heal, I tried acupuncture, but it didn't help. I was desperate and Christina had greatly impressed me during my trade show meeting with her so I took the leap of faith and went to see her.
I went into her office and immediately felt comfortable and welcome by the ambiance created by her staff and furnishings. I was led to a room with a bed where I lied down and Christina diagnosed my tongue. I was exhausted and in tremendous pain.
Christina performed acupuncture on my arm for one hour while I slept.
The next day I was amazed that the pain in my arm had diminished to 10% of what it had been and my energy level had risen to normal.. I couldn't believe it, I had no idea that acupuncture performed by someone as capable and knowledgeable as Christina could be so effective. As the days went by I had less and less pain and by the time of my golfing vacation I was ready to go. Thank you Christina!
CHRISTINA FAR EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS!
09/13/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I strained my lower lumbar 30 years ago. To be honest, the last 10 years I hadn't kept up my physical work outs in order to keep my body strong and lessen the burden on my back. When the inflammation builds it gets so bad I literally have to crawl on all fours to move. Chiropractic treatments don't help when I have this much inflammation. Medication only helps mildly and doesn't cure the problem long term. I have always heard great things about acupuncture, and at this point thought, I have to give it a try. OMG! Christina, you are TRULY AMAZING! Of course I didn't run marathons after the first treatment. It took a few treatments and my dedication to get physically strong again. I was so relieved to finally rid the tears of pain from my face and in such a short period of time. The key is to trust everything Christina tells you to do in order to get well again.
09/09/2010Provided by Citysearch -
One of my best friends had been seeing Christina for some time for acupuncture and healing. As a newbie, it's always a bit nerve wracking to meet a new (alternative) health practitioner and introduce them to your deepest issues, fears and needs, both physical and mental. However, from the moment I met Christina, it was like talking to a girlfriend I'd known forever. She is friendly, patient, funny, honest and spends as much time on each patient as necessary to make them feel welcome, safe and comfortable. There were times when I didn't even have to say a word, I'd walk in and she just knew what to do!
As for the actual practice, Christina is a pro acupuncturist and healer, which means it isn't just about physical issues you're dealing with that can be helped with needles (though she does excellent work there!). She also works on your SOUL to help you gain focus and confidence, open up and ""heal"" anything that's standing between you and what you want in life. Love, career, money, happiness... you name it. I've done several healings with her to date, as well as acupuncture regularily, and I can't tell you how much my life has changed for the better. I've never felt so connected to life and those around me.
For those of you who are new to eastern practices and concepts and are on the fence, remember, it's only called ""alternative"" medicine because it didn't originate in the US. These practices have been in place in Asia and other eastern countries for thousands of years and they are, in my mind, more effective, NATURAL methods of dealing with problems. Why take a pill when herbs, needles and a little hands-on healing does the trick (even more so)!
And as for Christina, in case you hadn't already figured it out... you're in great hands.
08/10/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Christina is literally the best healer I have ever been too, I suffer from a lot of things, including chronic back pain, shortness of breath, and Ulcerative Colitis---which is VERY hard to make an impact on. And WOW, after 4 weeks, my colitis is in complete remission, I feel way less fatigue and my back pain has subsided. Shes a miracle worker.... that christina, you have to go in and see her.... she really takes her time getting to know you, and even... things about you, that you dont know ;) I now go every week.... and I can honestly say its something I do, for MYSELF. Something that helps me feel better emotionally and physically. Christina def. has a speical gift to help heal you and align you with your purpose here, on earth... healing and purpose in life is far bigger then we can imagine..... Go in. trust me here, 15 years and NOONE, NO ONE ever made me feel this energetic and good.
07/29/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I've had undiagnosable health issues for more than 4 years and tried everything western medicine and its arrogant doctors could offer -- often with bad side effects and no results.
Then I tried Ayervedic medicine and colonics and though they offered relief, they did not help the root of the problem, whatever that was.
As you can imagine I felt I had tried everything and felt pretty hopeless. Not a good state to be in.
I hadn't tried acupuncture for fear of cost and mostly because my skeptic mind would probably prevent any ""energy"" benefits from taking hold. But when Groupon had a deal in April I figured ""why not?""
It’s a bizarre and wonderful experience. I won’t lie – having the needles inserted sometimes pinches or feels strange, but that’s only for a millisecond. Christina chooses a pattern/combo for the needles, choosing different energy points in your body. Then you wear an eye pillow, turn down the lights, listen to soothing music, and essentially go into a trance-like meditative state for an hour. It’s soothing, relaxing, sometimes feels like you’re slowly sinking into a vat of pudding, and you suddenly realize you’ve been in that state for an hour. All the while your brain has a chance to essentially be put on “pause” and let the rest of your body regulate itself.
After about a month I noticed actual improvement in my physical self. (Of course along with a ton of Chinese herbs which are necessary to take along with the acupuncture.)
I’ve been doing it for more than 4 months now and though I’m not 100% cured (I’m patient, this stuff doesn’t fix things overnight) I haven’t felt this healthy and had normal body function in more than 4 years and that’s amazing to me.
06/06/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I went to Christina after purchasing a Groupon in April and haven't looked back! She has truly been a godsend to me.
I came to her to treat my fibroid tumors when my OB/GYN uttered the horrible word ""hysterectomy"" to me. Not subscribing to this diagnosis, I have followed Dr. Marino's regimen and I'm ecstatic to say my tumors are decreasing!
My treatment includes acupuncture, an herbal regimen and spiritual component that has left me energized, calm and refreshed. Her warmth and sweetness make you feel confident that your results will be positive and you leave the clinic with a deep, sincere smile on your face...
Thank you, Christina...
05/19/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I can't keep a secret... All I could say for a few hours after I left was, ""Wow, that was amazing!"" It's not something that be easily described -- it's best to be experienced. Don't waste your time with other accupuncturists - Christina is outstanding. Make no mistake - she is not just an accupuncturist but a healer on many levels. I'm a raving fan and I've already made a follow up appointments.
05/17/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Christina is simply the best! She knows her craft and practices with grace, ease and good humor.
Under Christina's care, I've experienced relief from digestive problems, and sleep difficulties. Following each treatment, I feel relieved and energized. Dr. Foster, the avuncular on-site chiropractor, snaps me right into place with warmth and good humor.
My husband was so impressed that he started seeing Christina and Dr. Foster a few months ago. The good doctors at Alternative Health Care Concepts have become our beloved family physicians.
05/15/2010Provided by Citysearch -
i went to christina because she had a special on Groupon, and one session was so effective that i just kept going back. Preventative medicine like acupuncture is so life altering. She has helped with stress, insomnia, energy levels. She is so intuitive and no nonsense, i really cant recommend her more!
04/27/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I use to have sleeping problems but since I started going to Christina she help me sleep better at night. When you enter her office it such a different experience you feel very calm the atmosphere is such at peace. You start of with a massage with calming music to get the body relaxed and less tense. I' am so amazed with the acupuncture cause once she starts inserting the needles they immediately make me fall to sleep. I know I was in here office for like 2 hour but it felt like i had a full night sleep. My mind and body felt so refreshed. Thank you! Your Great!
03/01/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I had really bad back pains for weeks. After seeing multiple doctors and taking different medications, I was still in pain with no clear resolution. My wife suggested acupuncture and chiropractic adjustment at Alternative Health. I was unable to bend or sit up. After a few adjustments, my lower back pain was eased...a few more and I could actually bend at the waist and the chronic pain was gone. The same day...A miracle!
I have been back many times for acupuncture, a few more adjustments and the wonderful massages. I always feel relaxed after...can't wait for my next visit.
Thank you Christina!
I've been getting acupuncture for years now with Christina and I would never go to anyone else. She's the BEST! As soon as you walk in you feel in peace and by the time it's time to leave you’re relaxed and pain and stress FREE! With the acupuncture, massage and the chiropractic adjustments I wish I could stay there all day…it’s heavenly.
I'm so grateful for the acupuncture at Alternative Health Care Concepts. I received treatments for my neck and shoulder pain. After my first session I began to experience relief almost immediately. I am finally able to get back to enjoying life.
Christina treats the cause and gets to the root of the problem. No masking the symptoms, like the cortisone treatments offerred to me elsewhere!
As a bonus, the idyllic setting offers the senses peace and harmony.
I started seeing Christina about five years ago for various aches and body pain. I experience amazing relief and results after each and every treatment. I have recommended her services to many family members and friends. The office has good energy and is quite and relaxing. Christina is compassionate and takes the time to really listen to you. She is a gifted healer and she also empowers you. I encourage anyone that is in any type of pain-physical, emotional or mental to see her. She can help you.
From the time you enter the door you are greeted promptly. The clinic is warm and welcoming. Christina is very professional and knowledgeable and put me at ease. I have seen her for chronic back pain and sinus issues and the relief is immediate and long lasting. I really enjoy my treatments.
Getting an adjustment with one of the best chiropractor-orthopedist in town is indeed a very wonderful experience! Dr. David Foster helped me a lot to feel better with his expertise in what he is doing. I felt so good each time I get adjusted by him.Christina Marino's staff like her masseur also did very well in massaging me.I just love the services and treatments I got from Alternative Health Care Cncpts and I always look forward to my weekends in having a wonderful and relaxing treat for myself and I highly recommend this place for people who want to feel great and look better!!
I've had various health issues such as: scoliosis, kyphosis, sciatica, shingles and other things.
I've been to many acupuncturists, chiropractors and massage therapists but nothing helped. Christina was the only one who could allieve my pain and symptoms.
She will also work with you if you don't have insurance and need to arrange financing.
I have recommended to many of my friends and they feel that she far exceeds their expectations.
02/25/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I was very desperate and in a very dark place and could not stand being in my own skin. I had suicidal thoughts.
I found myself talking about very private things to Christina that I have never told anyone. She was not only a Practitioner to me but a friend. I just trusted her and put myself in her hands and had the most incredible experiences with her Healings. I do not have words to really express the Divine gift that she posesses. If you are either in a good place in your life or a bad one I suggest that you get a Healing session in this amaizing place.