Acupuncture Treatment for Los Angeles Patients

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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture can be defined as the insertion of needles into the skin at specific locations referred to as acupuncture points. There is evidence that these acupuncture points are the locations of bundles of nerve fibers that communicate with the peripheral nervous system as well as newer emerging evidence that acupuncture communicates with the body through the expansive network of connective tissue. Acupuncture is performed by licensed practitioners and doctors to treat many medical disorders.


How does Acupuncture Work?


Below are some of the current  known mechanisms of how acupuncture works to help the body regain health:


Acupuncture promotes blood flow and releases natural painkillers. Blood contains everything the body needs for healing. Oxygen, natural pain killers (enkephalin and norepinephrine,), anti-inflammatory hormones and nutrients. If blood supply is cut off the healing process will be retarded and pain will occur.


Acupuncture reduces stress. Acupuncture stimulates the release of oxytocin, a hormone and signaling substance that regulates the parasympathetic nervous system (“rest and digest”) which is the counterpart to the sympathetic nervous system (“fight or flight”). Both branches of this system play important roles in regulating our nervous system and keeping them in balance is important for overall health.

Acupuncture stimulates the body’s healing mechanisms. Acupuncture creates “minute traumas” that activate the body’s ability to heal injuries to damaged tissue. As the body heals the traumas induced by acupuncture, it can also heal any surrounding tissue damage left over from old injuries.


What Conditions Can Acupuncture Treat?


As we explored above acupuncture improves blood flow, releases the body’s natural painkillers, moderates inflammation and reduces pain. Acupuncture is a safe and effective modality to address a variety of disorders for people of all stages of life. Acupuncture can play an important role in the treatment for conditions such as:


  • Hypertension

  • Coronary Artery Disease

  • Anxiety and Depressive Disorders

  • Autoimmune Disease

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Acute and Chronic Pain

  • Chronic Stress

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Gynecological Disorders

  • Migraines and Headaches

  • Orthopedic Issues

  • Obesity


Side Effects and Risks of Acupuncture:

As with any treatment, acupuncture does pose risks, the most common being bruising, bleeding and pain from the insertion of acupuncture needles. Other adverse effects can include nausea, dizziness, fainting, pneumothorax (extremely rare when applied by a trained healthcare provider), and infections. As with any treatment seeking care from a highly skilled and trained healthcare professional plays an important role in minimizing risk.


What to expect at your first appointment:


When you arrive for your first Acupuncture appointment your provider will go over your symptoms in depth addressing your main health concerns. Your practitioner will also design a treatment plan and provide a minimum number of treatments needed to potentially find relief from your symptoms. You’ll typically remain fully clothed during the treatment, so wear comfortable loose clothing to your appointment that will give your practitioner access to your lower legs, arms and possibly abdomen. Your session will last about 45 minutes. Your practitioner will communicate with you throughout your entire session about each step of your treatment. There are several reported sensations you may experience during your treatment which may include:


  • Tingling

  • Falling asleep

  • Deep relaxation

  • Hot or Cold sensations ( a heated table and infrared lamp may be used to keep warm and reduce inflammation)

  • Muscle twitching

  • Emotional Responses


Please feel free to communicate with your practitioner about these sensations throughout your treatment.

Acupuncture Los Angeles At Holistic Healing Heart Center:


At our Burbank Holistic Medical Center, you will be seen by our Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine,  Dr. Amalia Gardner, L.Ac. Dr. Gardner is a graduate of Emperors College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, where she received her masters followed by a doctorate in Chinese Medicine. The four year masters program consisted of intensive studies in Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Western Medicine and Herbal Medicine with over 1200 hours in clinical practice. During her studies Dr. Gardner completed an internship at the Roy and Patricia Disney Cancer Center at Providence St. Josephs. Amalia went on to complete an additional two years of study to earn her Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM). Her focus during her doctoral program was on the autonomic nervous system and autoimmune disease.

Los Angeles Acupuncture Cost:


Many PPO insurance plans cover the cost of  acupuncture treatments. Please check with our staff to verify your acupuncture benefits. If you do not have acupuncture benefits we do offer fair rates and packages to make acupuncture and Chinese Medicine accessible. Please inquire with our knowledgeable staff on the best options for you.