Acupuncture Specialists

South Lake Medical Center, Inc.

Physical Medicine and Pain Rehabilitation Center located in Pasadena, CA

Acupuncture Q & A

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Dedicated to providing patients with the best options available for treating pain and other debilitating issues, the medical professionals at South Lake Medical Center in Pasadena, California may recommend Acupuncture as part of your treatment regimen. Acupuncture is conveniently done at the South Lake Medical Center, Inc. by our highly trained and experienced providers.

What do you use Acupuncture for?

Practiced for thousands of years in Chinese medicine, Acupuncture is now widely accepted by American practitioners as an effective and safe tool for treating a variety of ailments, including pain, stomach issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, depression and anxiety. Some chronic pain issues that Acupuncture has proven effective in treating include:

  • Pain management
  • Sports Medicine
  • Weight Loss
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Addiction Recovery
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Back pain
  • And more

How does Acupuncture work?

In traditional Chinese medicine, it’s felt that Acupuncture balances the flow of "chi" or energy through various pathways in your body. When you’re ill or injured, this energy flow is disrupted. It’s believed that inserting needles into points along these pathways rebalances the energy flow and increases your body’s ability to heal. Many American practitioners describe Acupuncture sites as areas where the needles stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue, thus increasing blood flow and boosting natural painkillers.

Does it hurt? 


What happens during a treatment?

You’ll receive a full evaluation and discussion regarding the benefits, risks, and expected results of Acupuncture therapy before your first treatment. During the treatment, after you’ve gotten comfortable on a padded table, small, painless needles as thin as a hair are inserted at certain points in the skin. How many needles used and the length of time they remain in the skin depends on why you’re being treated. Your doctor may twirl or warm the needles during the session to intensify the effects. Some patients report a tiny pinprick sensation when the needles are inserted. Almost none of our patients have any discomfort and report feeling relaxed yet energized after a session.

Sometimes our Acupuncturists will employ the Electro-Acupuncture therapy. The needles are hooked up to an electrical stimulator for even, even deeper and more effective stimulation. This is so gentle - most people will fall asleep during treatment! It is very effective for a wide range of problems.

Will I need more than one treatment?

The number of Acupuncture treatments you’ll need depends on what you’re being treated for. The providers at South Lake Medical Center typically use Acupuncture as a stand-alone therapy or as an adjunct therapy that’s combined with Chiropractic care, Physiotherapy, Exercise and Rehabilitation, and other Medical treatments for optimal results.


Want to get out of pain? Call now for help.


(626) 261-7045



*Treatment results can and do vary with a success and failure rate. Medicare and federal restrictions apply. Treatments are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. These treatments have not been evaluated by the FDA. References available.


*DISCLAIMER: Like all medical procedures, our procedures have a success and failure rate. *All patient before and after pictures, reviews, and testimonials on this site should not be interpreted as a statement on the effectiveness of our treatments for anyone else.