About Us

Natural Medicine Institute was established as a holistic health care clinic in Encinitas about 20 years ago. 
In July 2007, we moved into our current facility

We have treated patients from all over the United States as well as many foreign countries. 

Traditional Chinese Medicine is the focus of our practice. Acupuncture and Acupressure, Organic Chinese Herbs, Special Diet, and Exercise Programs are used to help our patients to regain health. 

Conditions treated commonly and successfully include: 

Addictions, Allergies, Arthritis, Asthma, Chronic Fatigue, Candida, Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Depression and Anxiety, Diabetes, Eczema, Female Hormone Imbalance, Fibromyalgia, Hepatitis, Hypertension, IBS, Impotence, Infertility, Insomnia, Lupus, Migraines, Multiple Sclerosis, Obesity, PMS, Psoriasis, Sjögren's Syndrome, Sciatica, Sports Injuries, Ulcerative Colitis, Viral Infections

Our Mission and Beliefs

Significantly increasing numbers of people turning to "alternative medicine" to meet their needs for a holistic approach  to healing. 

Natural Medicine Institute addresses the changing needs in today's health care environment. 

Changing your lifestyle will significantly change your life. 

The mind and body are not regarded as two separate entities and are treated as a whole. 

We believe in treating the underlying cause rather than the symptom. 

Body has great self healing properties. A gradual recovery process usually yields a better long term result. 

Patient welfare is our number one priority. We offer the best possible treatment. 



Dr. Gary Chen, the founder of the Natural Medicine Institute, is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and California State Licensed Acupuncturist. He graduated from the prestigious Shanghai Traditional Chinese Medicine University in China, where he was educated in both Eastern and Western Medicine. He has been practicing Natural Medicine for more than 25 years with extensive experience, both in China and the United States. He specializes in immune-related illnesses and is a physician member of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).