The basis of Darren’s practice is Chinese Medical Theory. Darren closely observes body and lifestyle patterns and creates a flexible, evolving health program. A holistic medical provider, Darren emphasizes nutrition, herbal medicines and lifestyle as primary forms of treatment. Darren believes that environmental stewardship is critical to our own health. What we do to our environment, we do to ourselves. In alignment with this philosophy, he minimizes the use of plastics and uses organically grown herbs whenever possible.  When not certified organically grown or ethically wildcrafted his herbs are rigorously tested for pesticide residues.

We are all inherently whole. Sometimes we need support to manifest our wellness.
The role of the healthcare provider is fourfold:

  • Educate the patient in healthy ways of living,
  • Empower the patient to get involved in their healing journey,
  • Coach the patient with non-judging and unconditional support and accountability, so that the patient may work towards health with an attitude of self love,
  • Treat employing minimally invasive methodologies to catalyze healing response.

Darren Huckle has extensive education and experience in Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture,Qi Gong and Horticulture. His education includes a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Studies emphasizing Agroecology and Natural History, Maters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MTCM), a Doctoral in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) and Diploma in Chinese Medical Dermatology.  He is a professor at Five Branches University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and teaches herbal medicine classes at venues including UCSC and Esalen Institute, and is a Senior Instructor of Jin Gui Golden Shield Qi Gong. Resume

Darren has been treating patients since 2001 and teaching classes in herbal medicine since 1998.
Darren lives amongst a large organic garden in Santa Cruz with his life partner and fellow acupuncturist Kea and 2 children Jaxson and Niko.