Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine is one of the oldest practiced medicines to date, developed in China over 4,000 years ago. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles into the specific points in the body. The placement of these needles revolves around the oriental medicine theories that there is a need to restore balance in the meridians by correcting the flow of vital energy called qi.


With 12 main meridians each associated to a different organ, an Acupuncturist can help regulate and restore natural healing and improve normal function in all areas of the body. The acupuncture meridians course through the body from head to toe. So many times, even if the patient complains about a specific problem, needles may be placed in distal locations. There are over 360 documented acupuncture points, each with a specific location, function, and action. Your acupuncturist will create a specific treatment protocol that may include a formula of points, herbal supplements, tuina or guasha (muscle work), ear seeds, electric stimulation, and cupping as needed.

Oriental medicine theory states that when there is an excess or deficiency of something, the person will become diseased or sick. And that when balance is created, the person will be well. At the Wellness for Life Center, we’d like to help you restore that balance in your body, so that you can be healthy again.

Things commonly treated by acupuncture include (but not limited to):

for more information on conditions that the World Health Organization recommends Acupuncture for, please refer to:


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Dr. Karen Liu is a holistic chiropractor and acupuncturist practicing at the Wellness for Life Center in Santa Monica, California. She specializes in sports medicine, pain management, stress reduction, and traditional Chinese medicine.