Acupuncture for Pain Relief in the San Diego, CA Area


Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine that is widely practiced in the U.S. This alternative therapy involves the placement of tiny needles that stimulate specific points on the body. These points connect to pathways or ‘meridians’ that distribute energy and balance internal function.


Pain and illness can occur if these meridians are blocked. Acupuncture aims to clear any obstructions and restore the patient’s health and vitality. The effectiveness of acupuncture for pain relief is evident. It is safe for patients of all ages and involves virtually no side effects.

Conditions Treated

  • Migraines & Headaches
  • Arthritis in all Extremities
  • Low Back Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Menstrual Cramps

Sorrento Valley Pain Relief Center in San Diego, CA offers acupuncture to treat various forms of acute and chronic pain. Our team features a licensed acupuncturist who is highly skilled and able to facilitate immediate and lasting pain relief.


For more information about acupuncture and how it can ease your discomfort, call us today or make an appointment online to speak with a specialist.



FAQs on Acupuncture Treatment in San Diego


Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese therapy used for over 2,000 years. In the United States, acupuncture is an alternative therapy that has become increasing accepted. Today, this treatment is a frequently sought-after alternative therapy.

Is acupuncture accepted as a form of treatment?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognized acupuncture as a therapeutic intervention of complementary medicine in 1997. In addition, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the use of acupuncture for many problems associated with musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory, and gynecological disorders.

Is acupuncture a commonly used treatment modality?

In the U.S. alone, around 3 million adults receive acupuncture treatments every year. The most common reason for seeking this treatment is chronic pain. According to statistics, between 70-85% of chronic pain patients receive some form of benefit from acupuncture.


How does acupuncture work?

Experts believe that acupuncture analgesia has a psychological component. However, increasing scientific evidence shows that the analgesic effect from acupuncture is often due to a physiological action. Acupuncture points are regions with sensory nerve supply, TRPVI receptors (pain sensors), and connective tissue. Insertion of a fine needle into these points works as a mechanical stimulus, which then activates certain receptors and sends signals to the central nervous system pain processing areas. With this, neurochemical processes are activated, working for pain modulation and inducing analgesia.


What are acupuncture points?

Acupuncture points are special sites with sensory nerves. Clinical data show that the body’s endogenous opioid system helps with acupuncture pain relief. Studies indicate that the need for pain medication is reduced in patients who receive acupuncture treatments. In addition, researchers found a decreased level of noradrenaline in the brain after acupuncture treatments.

Do research studies support the effectiveness of acupuncture?

Clinical studies show a reduction in the production of pro-inflammatory molecules following acupuncture treatments. This effect was observed in patients with chronic pelvic pain syndrome and osteoarthritis pain. Acupuncture appears to have an anti-inflammatory effect by increasing the release of certain mediators in the body.

What do scientists say about acupuncture?

One group of researchers reviewed around 1,000 clinical studies. They selected 29 high-quality studies for evaluation. These studies involved almost 18,000 participants in the U.S., Germany, the U.K., Sweden, and Spain. According to this research, acupuncture showed a noteworthy advantage over placebo treatment. Another group of researchers used quantitative sensory testing to assess pain sensitivity changes with acupuncture in 24 study participants. After using acupuncture to one leg, the participants reported pain threshold increase by 50%. The effects were noted in both the untreated leg as well as the treated one. The results point to special pain fibers being affected by the acupuncture treatment.


What do these study results mean?

The results of these clinical studies provide scientific evidence for the practice of acupuncture. These results show that nerve and tissue stimulation leads to a remarkable relief of pain, suggesting that acupuncturist could treat the unaffected side of the body when necessary. These research findings support the scientific basis for acupuncture efficacy, as well as the mechanism of acupuncture analgesia.



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