Acupuncture Specialist

Wellness at Century City

Integrative Medicine Doctors & Internists located in Century City, Los Angeles, CA

Acupuncture is one of the most powerful tools in alternative medicine. When provided by a trained healthcare professional, acupuncture safely treats chronic pain, headaches, and numerous other ailments. Many patients also use it to promote overall good health and wellbeing. Visit Wellness at Century City where, under the direction of Dr. Jessica Cho, both men and women experience the numerous health benefits of acupuncture therapy. Call or book your appointment using the convenient online feature.

Acupuncture Q & A

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient Eastern medicine therapy that balances the body’s “qi,” or energy. Approximately three million Americans use the treatment annually.

During a session, very fine needles are placed into specified meridians, or energy points, in your body. Western medicine explains that the needles stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals into the muscles, nervous system, and connective tissue to promote healing. These chemicals change the experience of pain and can induce recovery.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Not usually. Some people feel numbness or tingling at points in which the needles are inserted, but rarely feel pain or discomfort. Each session should give you mental and physical relief from your symptoms and make you feel relaxed. If you’re anxious about treatment, consult with Dr. Cho so she can answer your questions about acupuncture and its benefits.

Side effects are rare and minimal. Because the needles are so thin, it’s unlikely you’ll experience any bruising. Disposable or thoroughly sterilized stainless steel needles are used, so there’s no risk of infection.

What types of conditions benefit from acupuncture treatment?

Acupuncture promotes good health and prevents illness, so you don’t have to be sick or in pain to benefit from the treatment. However, a number of acute and chronic conditions improve with acupuncture therapy. These include:

  • Headaches, including migraines
  • Infertility and hormone imbalances
  • Anxiety and stress-related illnesses
  • Respiratory disorders, such as bronchitis and asthma
  • Chronic pain
  • Muscular pain, including tendonitis and back pain
  • Digestive disorders, such as a spastic colon and constipation

What happens during an acupuncture session?

During the session, you lie down or sit comfortably and have the fine needles positioned at specific points throughout your body. The needles remain in for several minutes. After they’re removed, you’re ready to go home.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions you need depends on the condition being treated and your personal constitution. Talk to Dr. Cho to discuss your acupuncture treatment plan. You may experience relief of your symptoms and increased energy right after your first session, but will probably need multiple sessions to achieve optimal results.

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