Acupuncture in Santa Monica, Los Angeles

Pain Relief Clinic

Pain Relief Clinic

With the safety of pain pills being questioned and at least one (Vioxx) being pulled from the market both
physicians and patients are scrambling to find alternatives for the relief of pain. According to the
National Institute of Health, one of the true advantages of acupuncture is that the rates of side effects
are substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same
conditions. Though it is not yet mainstream in the United States, acupuncture is currently being utilized in
more than one third of the country’s pain management centers.

Acupuncture – derived from the Latin words “acus” (needle) and “punctura” (penetration) – involves the
stimulation of specific anatomic points usually by the insertion of fine disposable needles. The first record
of acupuncture is found in the old Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine),
believed to be composed between 400 BCE and 260 CE. There, clinical applications of acupuncture and
its techniques were already well described.

Recent advances in technology have helped unlock the biological mysteries of this 2,000-year-
old medical practice. Researchers are closer to understanding how an acupuncture needle can subtly adjust the body’s tissues, nerves, and hormones.