Acupuncture for Pain

Acupuncture is one of the most effective drug-free treatments for pain relief. 

According to the National Institute of Health’s 2007 National Health Interview Survey, 7 out of 10 people who get acupuncture use it to relieve pain.

Treatments are minimally invasive and simple – small, sterilized stainless steel, single-use, medication-free needles are tapped into the skin. Whether for healing injuries or managing pain, acupuncture frequently provides instantaneous relief with long lasting results when proper treatments are administered.

According to Western science, acupuncture’s pain relieving power stems from its ability to stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue. The stimulation appears to boost the activity of our body’s natural painkillers and increase blood flow. Acupuncture may work by causing physical responses in nerve cells, the pituitary gland, and parts of the brain.

In traditional Chinese medicine, pain is viewed as blockages in the body’s circulation. These blockages cause inflammation, swelling, and reduce the body’s ability to deliver nourishment to injured areas – an essential part to recovery. Pain is the body’s way to communicate with the brain that blockages need to be removed in order to restore normal physiological and emotional function. By stimulating specific acupuncture and trigger points with needles, acupuncture will stimulate blood flow, relax and re-train muscles, soothe nerves, and renew the body’s ability to heal. As a result, pain is relieved.

Patients use acupuncture to alleviate all kinds of pain. Below are some commonly treated conditions in our clinic:

  • Acute and chronic pain
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Neck and back pain
  • Knee pain
  • Arthritis pain – Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
  • Joint pain
  • Tendonitis – Tennis or golfer’s elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Traumatic injuries such as fractures, strains, sprains, bruises
  • Tooth pain
  • Postoperative pain
  • Menstrual pain
Menlo Park, CA
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I've a lot of experience with acupuncture. I rate my experience with Annie above and beyond all others. I randomly found Annie by looking at the list of people close to my work who are covered by my insurance. I feel very fortunate. She's very friendly, warm, intelligent, and comfortable. Her work was great. Literally, my pain had improved within a few minutes. And it was much better after I left. I'm going to see her again so please don't book all her time. Annie is amazing.
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It (acupuncture) was a wonderful life altering experience. My pain relief vanished and continued to stay pain free months after my final visit. As a general contractor from Sun Valley, Idaho the trip is worth it.
Palo Alto, CA
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My experience with Annie was very helpful. I think I was there for a total of about eight sessions for back pain and I am doing very well. I would most definitely return in the future.
Sunnyvale, CA
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The challenges of aging come in many random forms – pain, poor sleep patterns, indigestion to name just a few. The regular treatments I have received from Annie the last two years always address whatever symptom is present, enabling me to carry on with my life in a more balanced, engaged manner.
Sunnyvale, CA
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I don't like needles, but it was highly recommended to me to have acupuncture despite that.I explained to Annie my issues - including my dislike of needles - and she's worked with me to help alleviate my pain. Very willing to work with your schedule.
Denise B.
San Jose, CA
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I have suffered from chronic shoulder and back pain related to stress for quite some time and tried everything for relief, with no such luck. I was referred to Annie and her treatments are the only way I gain any relief from my stress related symptoms. Annie is professional, friendly, thorough, and truly cares about her clients. I look forward to my weekly session. With every session, I feel the stress melt right off me, fall fast asleep, gain relief of my shoulder/back pain, and leave feeling calm and relaxed. Annie is a true miracle worker.