About Birch Center

The Birch Center

Pittsburgh Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Now seeing clients in 2 locations: South Side and North Hills!

The Birch Center offers the best in acupuncture, complementary, and alternative health care, all in a beautiful and relaxing setting.

In addition to the original location on East Carson Street in Pittsburgh's historic South Side, Acupuncturist David Sokulski is now also seeing clients in the North Hills, at St. Barnabas Health Center in Gibsonia, open to the public. Conveniently located just off routes 8 and 910, this wonderful and relaxing space has a large parking lot with free parking. To see David at either location, simply call him at (412) 381-0116 to set up an appointment.

We offer quality acupuncture, cosmetic acupuncture, herbal medicine, and education about wild plants for food and medicine.

Time-tested for thousands of years, acupuncture is known around the world for its safety and effectiveness. Not only can treatment help balance the body's energy, allowing one to heal from pain and illness, but acupuncture can also be used to help prevent disease and optimize health and vitality.

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Condition Spotlight:

Turning A Breech Baby

Breech Presentation

With Chinese Medicine, we are able to treat babies in breech presentation with an herb called moxibustion. The treatment is safe, relaxing, and highly effective. In some studies from China, success with this method in turning babies is over 90%. The British Medical Acupuncture Society cites a success rate of 84.6% after 34 weeks, and a 1991 study showed the rate of moxa-induced versions to be 75.4%.

Moxa is an herb made from the common weed mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris). When it is burned near acupuncture point Zhiyin, (Bladder 67, on the outside of each little toe) it moves the yang energy of the body, which increases fetal movement. This increased movement gives a greater chance that the breech presentation be corrected naturally.

A roll of moxa is lit and held near Bladder 67 for a few minutes on each side. This is combined with an acupuncture treatment designed to balance energy of the woman's body, allowing her to relax and her energy to flow more smoothly. We teach her how to administer the moxa (or have a friend or spouse do it for her) and send her home with a moxa pole to repeat the treatment for 5 minutes each morning and evening for 5 days. Most babies turn after three days, if not sooner.

Please call or text Birch Center at (412) 381-0116 for more information or to set up an appointment.

David Sokulski, L.Ac.

David Sokulski grew up in Plum Boro, PA (near Monroeville), and earned a degree in Chemistry from Duquesne University. He worked as a chemist for a few years before taking a year off to teach English in Osan City, South Korea.

When he returned from Korea, he attended the New England School of Acupuncture, outside of Boston, MA, where David earned his masters degree in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

David returned to Pittsburgh in 2000 and opened The Birch Center for Health with wife (and acupuncturist) Melissa Sokulski. We have been in our current South Side location since 2005.

Acupuncture is a treatment of the whole person, and David understands this well. He is a very observant practitioner, listening well to his clients, and treating the whole person. He has treated people with a vast array of conditions, from acute and chronic pain to digestive problems to infertility. (Please see our list of conditions that acupuncture has been proven successful for, from the World Health Organization.) He has treated professional actors, musicians and athletes as well as young children with autistic spectrum disorders.

In addition to Traditional Chinese style needling, David often uses adjunct therapies such as cupping, gua sha and moxibustion when situations call for it (no extra charge for these treatments.) He will often also teach a parent, partner or friend to do these therapies (such as gua sha or moxa), helping people learn to help themselves and each other.

David also has extensive experience with herbal medicine and nutritional supplements. At a patient's request, David is skilled at being able to tweak people's diets in even small ways that show dramatic results in people's health and well-being.

For an appointment with Dave either in the South Side or North Hills
please call or text (412) 381-0116