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Julie Jordan LAc

1514 17th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Based in Santa Monica, Jade Temple Healing provides acupuncturing services to help alleviate mental and emotional imbalances. Board-certified practitioner and founder Julie Jordan uses intuitive and esoteric acupuncture to seek out the source of her patients' issues, as well as offers functional nutrition and herbalism, energy medicine, and meditation. Experienced in yoga and medical intuitive healing, Julie specializes in detoxification, anti-aging, and weight loss, as well as addressing chronic illnesses and autoimmune disorders. Jade Temple Healing also offers cupping and muscle testing, as well as astrology courses.

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Awaken Now Acupuncture and Wellness

Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Awaken Now Acupuncture is the office of Dr. Marina Dabcevic, and customers have called the doctor "incredibly knowledgeable" and someone who "truly invests in her clients." Dr. Dabcevic, chiropractor Dr. Mike Buckle, and the company's caring staff are dedicated to helping customers achieve wellness, and relief from conditions such as chronic pain, injuries, stress and depression, insomnia, and fertility problems. Treatments include acupuncture, cupping, far infrared sauna, reflexology, hot stone therapy, and therapeutic deep tissue, prenatal, and infant massage.

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Dr. Mindy Boxer

Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Dr. Mindy Boxer offers more than 25 years of experience in acupuncture, natural medicine, nutrition, and homeopathy. The company provides natural treatments for men's and women's health and sexual issues, as well as issues with digestion, emotional wellness, addiction, stress, chronic pain, and the symptoms of HIV. Dr. Boxer is one of Southern California's only practitioners of Infertility Acupuncture's Hunyuan Method and offers natural fertility treatments to increase the chances of conceiving. Customers can call, or contact the company on the website to schedule an appointment.

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Elaina Greenberg, M.S., L.Ac.

Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Customers have left excellent reviews about the services provided by acupuncturist Elaina Greenberg, and one customer said: "She is warm, welcoming and makes you feel completely comfortable and safe." The acupuncturist holds a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a Bachelors in Organic Chemistry and Phytopharmacology, and interned at the Shu Guang Hospital in Shanghai China. Elaina Greenberg provides natural treatments for autoimmune diseases, chronic and acute pain, women's health issues, respiratory illnesses, and mental and emotional imbalances.

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5.0 / 5 (4)

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Elysia LifeCare

Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Elysia LifeCare is a team of licensed natural medicine professionals who provide expert acupuncture, yoga, detox, and comprehensive wellness services. The company's practitioners are dedicated to the Five Pillars of Health, which include detoxification, hormone balancing, nutrition, physical fitness, and proper organ system function. In addition to customized acupuncture therapies, the company offers individual and small group yoga classes, pre-made and custom-made herbal medicines, and in-depth testing and analyses to pinpoint the sources of illness, imbalances, and disease.

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Health Quest Acupuncture

Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Health Quest Acupuncture is the practice of Monika Kobylecka, a licensed acupuncturist who holds a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and specializes in the Kiiko Matsumoto Style of acupuncture. The practice is based at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, where Monika provides caring treatment for pediatric patients, supervises students in the CHLA-YSU Pediatric Acupuncture Program, and offers acupuncture treatment to the hospital's staff, nurses, and doctors. Monika also teaches introductory Kiiko Matsumoto Style Acupuncture classes around the country and the world.

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Heavenly Tides

Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Heavenly Tides Acupuncture is a Santa Monica alternative medical clinic, and the company's doctor is a Member of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The company offers treatments like Tui Na bodywork, cupping, herbal medicines and supplements, and acupuncture, and the doctor helps relieve the symptoms of many different conditions, from allergies to sciatica to infertility. The company also offers rejuvenating facial acupuncture for $125 per 90-minute treatment, and customers can save 20% by purchasing a three- or ten session package.

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Katy Frame Acupuncture & Holistic Sports Medicine

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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Katy Frame Acupuncture & Holistic Sports Medicine is a full-service natural healing and wellness center. The company offers a range of acupuncture treatments for conditions ranging from ADHD and PMS to migraines and sciatica. Expert hara diagnosis is available, as well as therapies like cupping, Gua Sha, moxibustion, medical qi gong, herbal medicine, and lifestyle and nutritional counseling. Holistic sports medicine and Kinesio taping are available for athletes suffering from chronic injuries and pain, and the company provides cosmetic acupuncture for facial rejuvenation.

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Lucy Postolov, L.Ac

Los Angeles, CA 90025
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Lucy Postolov is a licensed acupuncturist who holds a Masters degree in Oriental Medicine, and who was the first licensed acupuncturist to be given full privileges at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Lucy Postolov specializes in treating conditions like infertility, neurological disorders, gynecological disorders, and addictions, and offers specialized acupuncture and treatments for people with cancer who are suffering from the effects of chemotherapy and radiation. One happy customer wrote, "Lucy's acupuncture treatments took me from disability to being able to work again."

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Majid and Ahnjel Ali of Ali Optimal Wellness

Culver City, CA 90232
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Majid and Ahnjel Ali of Ali Optimal Wellness are board certified acupuncturists, and customers have called their services "a lifesaver." The company offers a full-service Chinese herbal pharmacy with over 300 medicinal and supplemental herbs, and nutritional counseling, custom exercise programs and support, and professional acupuncture treatments. Customers can also participate in the company's special acupuncture and yoga workshops, and Ali Optimal Wellness will provide customers with itemized superbills to submit to insurance companies.

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5.0 / 5 (30)
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4.8 / 5 (11)
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5.0 / 5 (10)

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Pacific Bay Integrative Health Center

Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Pacific Bay Integrative Health Center provides whole-body healing and wellness services, and the company's licensed acupuncturist and herbalist has studied in the U.S. and China to learn the art of Chinese medicine. The company provides a blend of acupuncture, massage therapy, nutritional coaching, and traditional herbs to treat a range of conditions, such as migraines, bladder infections, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, neck, back, and joint pain, and the pain and discomfort caused by pregnancy and childbirth.

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Robert Youngs Acupuncture

1155 S Beverly Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90035
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The experienced doctor at Robert Youngs Acupuncture is certified in Advanced Constitutional Facial Acupuncture and offers a range of natural, holistic medical treatments. The company helps people suffering from conditions like arthritis, addiction, chronic pain, migraines, infertility, and the symptoms of menopause, and offers cosmetic acupuncture for facial rejuvenation. Herbs and herbal medicine blends are also available, and the company uses only tested professional-grade herbs. New customers can download the New Patient intake form from the company's website.

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Santa Monica Acupuncture and Wellness | Dr. Laurel Binder

Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Dr. Laurel Binder is a licensed and highly certified acupuncturist in Santa Monica, CA with over 20 years of experience in the women’s healthcare field. She provides Traditional Chinese Medicine services with an emphasis on healthcare that is personalized based on a client’s individual needs. Clients are appreciative of her warm, sympathetic, and reassuring demeanor as well as her confidence and expertise in her field.

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Tao of Medicine and Dr. Hoon Kim

Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Tao Of Medicine is a Santa Monica acupuncture and functional medicine clinic that offers natural therapies and treatments from an experienced doctor. The company provides a range of treatments options, including radio frequency therapy, cupping, Qigong, moxibustion, ultrasound cavitation, and Sasang Constitutional Medicine. Dr. Hoon Kim's natural treatments help problems like neck, back, and joint pain, fibromyalgia pain, menstrual cramping, migraines, and infertility. One happy customer wrote, "Dr. Kim is amazing at what he does and I highly recommend him to anyone."

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Thumos Health Center

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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The certified professionals at Thumos Health Center specialize in acupuncture and Chinese herbology and treat a range of health and wellness issues. The company's acupuncture treatments are customized for each customer and are used for a variety of conditions such as infertility, menstrual pain, chronic headaches, neck and back pain, digestive issues, addictions, and weakened immune systems. The company's herbal medicines are safe and custom-blended to help increase immunity, ease allergy symptoms, and increase fertility.

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Wren Acupuncture

Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Wren Acupuncture is a Santa Monica-based acupuncture clinic owned by Tamara Tifft, L.Ac. Tamara received her Masters in Acupuncture and Herbology from the Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine and is certified as a licensed professional in Traditional Chinese Medicine by the state of California. She has been in private practice for over 11 years, and her previous experience as an acupuncturist in rehabilitation centers in Malibu provided her with insight into a wide range of conditions. Tamara specializes in pain management, stress related disorders, addiction, women's health, and gastrointestinal disorders. Services include acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping and herbology.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Acupuncture is an alternative medicine technique. It involves the strategic placement of small, fine needles puncturing the skin on various areas of the body to relieve pain or treat other medical conditions. The needles are left in place for about 10 minutes to half an hour while the patient relaxes. The selection of the proper acupoints requires skill and knowledge.

The practice of acupuncture originated in Asia many centuries ago. Chinese acupuncture may also involve electrical stimulation or heat application for heightened effect. Some Chinese acupuncturists also slowly spin or twirl the needles after insertion. On the other hand, Japanese acupuncture is less invasive, with shallow needle insertion and no needle manipulation. Korean acupuncture focuses on needle placement only in the feet and hands.  

Though acupuncture was highly controversial in Western medicine for many years, most of the medical community now recognizes its effectiveness for pain management. Only anecdotal evidence exists for treatments beyond pain relief.

How does acupuncture work?

Research hasn’t yet determined exactly how acupuncture works, but there are two main theories. One is that it operates on a neurological level by stimulating muscles, nerves, and connective tissues, triggering natural pain relief effects. Others believe acupuncture balances a person’s energies — chi — creating physical, emotional, and mental harmony, which relieves pain and improves health. 

Does Medicare cover acupuncture?

Medicare Part B covers acupuncture solely to treat low back pain. The condition must have no known cause and have lasted for at least 12 weeks. Only a doctor or properly licensed and trained medical provider may perform the acupuncture. Medicare initially approves up to 12 sessions over 90 days. With demonstrated improvement, up to eight more visits may be allowed.

Is acupuncture effective?

Studies by the National Institute of Health confirm the effectiveness of acupuncture for addiction, nausea, headaches, asthma, some stroke rehabilitation, and pain management for various conditions. The NIH studies support the use of acupuncture alone and combined with traditional treatment methods. Additional research by other scientific and medical organizations demonstrates that acupuncture is typically successful in the treatment of pain.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture should not be painful. The unfamiliar sensation may be uncomfortable at first, but that typically goes away after the first session. People with high sensitivity levels or low pain tolerance may experience heightened sensations. However, any discomfort should be minor and brief. Some common feelings at the acupuncture points are warmth, tingling, heaviness, or mild achiness.

How much does acupuncture cost?

Acupuncture prices vary greatly, ranging from $50 to $300 per session. Initial sessions usually cost more than follow-up appointments. Initial sessions on the high end of the pricing scale usually include a consultation and medical exam along with the acupuncture session. Some acupuncturists offer membership price breaks or discounts for prepaid multiple sessions. Shop around before deciding on an acupuncturist.

Does insurance cover acupuncture?

Some health care insurance carriers cover acupuncture for specific medical conditions. But it depends on the location, insurance provider, insurance plan, and reason for the treatments. Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, United Health Care, Health Net, Banner Health, and Humana are examples of some private insurers that may cover acupuncture with various restrictions. Contact your provider to learn more.

What should you wear to an acupuncture appointment?

Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing to your first acupuncture appointment. Shorts or pants you can pull above your knees are a good idea. Short-sleeve tops are also preferable. Slip-on shoes are helpful. If your treatment involves back or torso needle placement, your acupuncturist likely provides gowns. After your first visit, you have a better idea of suitable clothing.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is very safe with a certified, reputable, and capable acupuncturist. When the practitioner follows the law using sterile, disposable, single-use needles, adverse effects are rare. The World Health Organization reported no major side effects and only 671 minor adverse events out of 10,000 treatments. Plus, acupuncture has none of the serious side effects of traditional pain medications. 

What is the difference between dry needling and acupuncture?

Dry needling is also called intramuscular stimulation. The procedure involves the insertion of needles to treat muscular pain. Unlike the ancient practice of acupuncture, dry needling is relatively new. It’s not a well-regulated field either, while acupuncture is. Physical therapists and other providers can perform dry needling with no special training, licensing, or certifications.

What are some conditions that acupuncture can treat?

Acupuncture can help relieve pain caused by many medical conditions. Some examples are migraines, menstrual cramps, back pain, arthritis, sciatica, fibromyalgia, tennis elbow, postsurgical dental pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Many patients also experience improvement from acupuncture treatment for conditions, such as asthma, addiction, ADHD, and TMD. Plus, acupuncture may also help relieve nausea, stress, and anxiety.

How long does an acupuncture appointment last?

Initial acupuncture appointments typically last longer than routine sessions. They may include an interview about your health issues and a medical exam. With the acupuncture session, the entire appointment may take one to two hours. Successive sessions typically last about 30 minutes to an hour. The needles will be in place for only about 10 to 30 minutes.

How many acupuncture appointments will you need to complete a treatment?

It’s best to discuss how many sessions you’ll need with your acupuncturist during your initial consultation. Most patients who seek acupuncture to help with a medical condition and related pain need several sessions. They may start treatment with one to three sessions per week for a few weeks. Once they see improvement, treatments may taper off to in-frequent maintenance sessions.

What needles are used in acupuncture?

Metal filiform needles are the type commonly used for acupuncture today. These sterile, stainless-steel thread-like needles are available in varying diameters and lengths. The typical gauges range from 0.12 mm to 0.35 mm. Japanese acupuncture calls for thinner needles than Chinese methods. Acupuncture needles are designed for one use before disposal. Some acupuncturists use gold or silver needles.

Do acupuncturists need to be licensed to practice acupuncture?

Washington D.C. and 47 states require some type of licensing to perform acupuncture. South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Alabama don’t regulate acupuncturists. Elsewhere, credentialing requirements and standards vary. Most states with acupuncture legal oversight require National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) exams or certification in compliance with the Acupuncture Practice Act. California has its own licensing exam.

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