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About Bruce and Balance Point Wellness

Bruce Gustafson L.Ac., Doctoral Fellow, is a California Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist and is a Nationally Certified Dipl. of OM (NCCAOM)®. He graduated with honors from Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, one of the top ranked and most prestigious acupuncture schools in the country. Bruce is a Doctoral Fellow in the DAOM Doctoral program at Emperor's College in Santa  Monica, CA., specializing in Men's Wellness studies, fertility and Urology. He has also received advanced post-graduate training in these specialized areas:

  • Keck Medicine/USC Urology Institute, Clinical Rounds

  • Shanghai TCM University/Longhua Hospital Advanced Training

  • Functional Medicine Brain Chemistry & the Aging Brain

  • Advanced Integrative Medicine Blood Chemistry

  • Integrative Treatment of Andropause/Menopause Conditions

  • Harmonizing Emotional Imbalances Training

  • Acupoint Aromatherapy Certified Practitioner

  • Functional Endocrinology

  • TCM Oncology

  • Men’s & Women’s Fertility

Bruce is an active member and Secretary of the California State Oriental Medical Association (CSOMA) Board of Directors. He has been a teaching technical supervisor, guiding interns at the Emperor's College Acupuncture Clinic in Santa Monica, CA., and is currently the Associate Academic Dean of the Masters Degree program there.

With a science, psychology and humanities background that spans decades of personal studies and practice involving other Eastern and Western disciplines, Bruce has been involved in healing professions for many years. His passion for being in the uniquely sacred space of healing that occurs when working closely with others is a flame that has always remained constant.

ACUPUNCTURE & TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE:  Acupuncture is the most recognized component of TCM, yet it is merely one important piece of an effective healthcare approach. We believe wholeheartedly in the power and effectiveness of acupuncture itself. Yet, Traditional Medicine encompasses other methods designed to help patients achieve and maintain health when called for. Along with acupuncture, we can integrate any of these treatment modalities to help you reach your balanced wellness goals:  herbal medicine - massage techniques - tui na & gua sha - moxibustion - nutritional counseling & supplements - cupping therapy - micro e-stim therapy - functional medicine approaches including metabolic assessment & lab work analysis - lifestyle counseling - qigong - essential oil acupoint therapy (AAT certified & trained practitioner).


Cupping Therapy has been used for thousands of years as a healing treatment for back pain, injury recovery, colds & flu, and providing calming relief for such accompanying symptoms. Benefits of cupping include relief of pain, congestion, clearing stagnation and deficiency and promoting healing. Recently, you may have seen many Olympic athletes making use of cupping therapy to relieve strains, treat soft tissue injury and musculo-skeletal issues, and to enhance performance and aid in the healing of sports injuries.

Bruce has volunteered serving Veterans through the Stand Down events sponsored by the VA and the Mindful Warrior Project for a number of years. He's successfully treated these affiliated patients for various issues including stress, pain management, substance dependency, gastrointestinal problems, PTSD and sleep disorders.

In addition to having specialized training concentrations in Classical Nei-Jing Style Acupuncture, Korean Style Acupuncture Techniques and Five Element Acupuncture, he has enhanced clinical experience at the West Hollywood Being Alive Clinic and the Roy & Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center in Burbank, CA. During the 2015 World Special Olympics Games, Bruce was honored to help provide wellness services to the international athletes and coaches at the Healthy Athletes Village Center. He also volunteered in the 2017 Our House Grief Support Center Run for Hope event, where he provided auricular acupuncture to the participants and their families.