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Meet Ricardo Miranda of Westside Acupuncture & Wellness Center in Brentwood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ricardo Miranda.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was always interested in Chinese philosophy. I trained Chinese Kung-Fu when I was a child.

Once I came to the United States from Brazil I found out that I could study Chinese Medicine here without the need to go to China.

I fell in love with this medicine and have been practicing now for over 22 years. Within the past several years I have incorporated functional medicine and genetics into my practice. Genetics is my second love in medicine.

Three thousand years ago when Chinese medicine started there was no GMO, heavy metal toxicity, radiation, etc. We live in a very toxic world and we have to implement other modalities of medicine to be able to handle everything we are dealing with. I am more of an integrated medicine practitioner now.

Has it been a smooth road?
In the beginning of my career as an acupuncturist, not many people knew about acupuncture and Chinese medicine. I had to do a lot of explaining and convincing back then.

Nowadays, the level of familiarity is so much greater. There are also a lot more research backing this science and Chinese medicine is much more accepted within the traditional medical community.

It is a great joy to be able to work together with other health care practitioners for the benefit of the patients.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Westside Acupuncture & Wellness Center – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I have had a very broad general practice when it comes to medicine treating acute and chronic pain, fertility, pregnancy, digestive problems, headaches etc.

Within the past several years I have been helping lots of patients with genetics, in particular; MTHFR (Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase) gene mutations. Because of extensive research I have done with MTHFR, I have patients coming from all over the country to consult with me about their MTHFR gene mutations.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I have lived in Los Angeles longer than I have lived in Brazil. By California standards I could be considered a local. I love the multicultural aspect of Los Angeles. We have the opportunity to meet people from every corner of the world and learn a bit about their culture. I am a people’s person.

What I like the least in this city is the traffic, however since I don’t drive much it doesn’t really bother me.

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