Acupuncture

12304 Santa Monica Blvd. 90025, Suite 301 /310.207.0222

What to expect: 

Upon arrival to SMHA, Dr. Eric will help take you through what to expect and answer any questions you may have prior to treatment.

Depending on your level of pain and location on the body, you will be treated in anywhere from 10-20 pressure points in the body. The medical grade acupuncture needles are hair thin and not invasive. Once the area is isolated and treated, you’ll relax deeply in a private room for around 30 minutes. Treatment will vary from patient to patient, but no matter who you are, rest assured you will be put at ease and be well taken care of.

How acupuncture works:

Human body functions are dependent on the life force energy, “Qi”. Qi and blood flow through the energy pathways of the body called the meridian system nourishing and protecting body tissues and helping them maintain their functions. If, however, the body is beset with disease or injury, normal pathological symptoms will appear and affect the organs and meridian. Once the meridian is blocked, the Qi and blood are not able to move along smoothly. As a result, the affected area will not be able to get enough nutrition. In response, the patient feels pain, tingling, stiffness, bloating, or numbness. Hence the old TCM saying, “There is a blockage, there is pain. Otherwise, there is no pain”.

Acupuncture can be used to correct the flow of Qi; Herbal medicine can be used to reestablish and balance Qi, blood and moisture in organ networks, in order to avert pathological factors.

Clinical studies support that acupuncture is an effective modality in the treatment of almost all kinds of pain conditions, including the following: migraines, neuralgia, neck pain, back pain, herniated disc, TMJ, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, frozen shoulder, shoulder pain, fibromyalgia, dysmenorrhea, osteoporosis, sports and other injuries, surgical pain and even cancer pain. Researchers have discovered beneficial immune and endocrine alterations following acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture may actually help prevent pain by acting on the sympathetic nervous system and by stimulating the body to produce biochemical substances, such as endorphins, to help reduce pain.