About Kara Canga-Arguelles
Kara Canga-Arguelles Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture
Certified: National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Licensed: Acupuncturist, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
MSc: Oriental Medicine, Magna Cum Laude, Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, Chicago, IL
BSc: Nutrition, Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, Chicago,IL
BA: Psychology, Magna Cum Laude, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL (additional studies at the University of Toronto)
Kara first became involved in Chinese medicine as a patient. In her early twenties, a course of treatment over a few months involving acupuncture and herbal medicine gave her a “new body and a new outlook on life.” For the first time in a long time, not only did her initial problems resolve, but she also felt what it means to be healthy and energized. Many things that were not functioning optimally had righted themselves, symptoms that another person or doctor might have dismissed. However, in Chinese medicine, all symptoms are clues to one’s state of health, part of a pattern of vitality or disease in the body, or somewhere on a continuum between. She came to study Chinese medicine out of a deep desire to share with others what it means to actually feel good in your own body, and be closer on that continuum to health.
“In a way, I was blessed for acupuncture to find me, and at a relatively young age, too. I didn’t choose to be an acupuncturist; there was no choice but to try to share this great thing that had helped me so much with others.”
Her desire to share acupuncture with as many people as possible has lead to experience needling many different people with a variety of ailments. She has been privileged to treat many patients since her first years in practice. This has helped her to grasp the “personality” of a particular health issue, and be better able to predict the course and length of treatment. Additionally, Kara has a specialized focus on treating patients struggling with fertility. She helps couples trying to conceive naturally, and with ART and IVF, and she has a high success rate, even with difficult cases.
Some say acupuncture and herbal medicine are treasures and a gift to man. Not only do they work together to alleviate immediate problems, but they can be used in an individualized way to change the source of the problem, thus paving the way for lasting wellness.
“Acupuncturists are lucky in that we get to see a lot of miracles. When a patient says that they feel great, that is all the reward in the world. To this end, I am truly committed to helping the patient get to their best state of health.”