Before relocating to Santa Barbara, Dr. Bunch attended the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NIAOM) in Seattle, WA from 1997-2001 where he earned his Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine (MTCM) and continued his studies with an externship at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong. He is licensed in the states of California and Washington by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine and the California State Acupuncture Board, and is a member of the Alliance of Healthcare Professionals. Darin also holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Seattle University.
Dr. Bunch received his Clinical Doctorate of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (DAOM) from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM received the prestigious award of "#1 Doctoral Program in the Country” by thebestschools.org in 2012). He continued his education with an externship to study neurology, Parkinson's and stroke rehabilitation under Dr. Yen-Chieh Lee at the Cathay General Hospital in Taipei.
For nearly a decade, Dr. Bunch treated advanced-stage oncology patients at the Seattle Cancer Treatment & Wellness Center where he provided up to 3,000 treatments a year alongside an integrated team of oncologists and naturopathic physicians.
Dr. Bunch has also lectured extensively to both first and second-year medical students at the University of Washington and as a guest speaker at Gilda’s Club Seattle chapter on the integration of acupuncture & Chinese medicine with Western oncology.
In 2010, referring physicians awarded Dr. Bunch "Top Doc" in the field of acupuncture and featured him in the August edition of Seattle Metropolitan Magazine. He also wrote a chapter on the role of acupuncture & Chinese medicine in cancer treatment for the book Living Lessons by Mark Shigihara, RPh and Kim Erickson.
Dr. Bunch believes that patients play an intricate role and are active participants in their own health and wellness.
“I may be teaching them about traditional Chinese medicine, but my patients teach me every day. The teacher becomes the student and the student becomes the teacher."
~ Dr. Darin J. Bunch
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The Pacific Ocean bridges the East to the West. The strengths of one medicine can be the weakness of the other and vice versa. By integrating the modalities of both Eastern & Western medicines a Yin-Yang relationship can ensue creating a harmonious balance.
Some say the peaceful seahorse symbolizes creativity, imagination, good luck, vigilance, grace, confidence and the power of the ocean.
Chinese cultures believed that the seahorse was a type of sea dragon, and as such they were revered for their power and thought to be symbols of good luck.
The Ancient Greeks and Romans believed the seahorse was an attribute of the sea god Neptune/Poseidon and as such, the seahorse was considered a symbol of strength and power. Sailors have long viewed the seahorse as a good luck charm which carries a special meaning to those of us living on the coast.
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