A whole person approach to pain relief

Our San Francisco acupuncture clinic provides a whole person approach to pain relief. To achieve this, we’ve designed a unique treatment method. It helps improve your well-being and remedy a wide range of illnesses.

Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine practice. It involves using tiny, single-use needles to restore the body’s optimal health.

Contrary to popular belief, this method is not a treatment. At least in the way conventional medicine thinks of treatment. So we do not try to treat any disease.

Instead, skilled acupuncturists use well-studied techniques shown to promote your body’s self-healing. As a result, you can obtain and retain your best function.

So how does acupuncture work? In brief, our unique treatment method impacts how ailments affect you. This can significantly change how you experience health challenges, if at all.

In the meantime, you’ll deliver the right support and resources to your body. As a result, it can begin to heal itself, as intended. The body wants to feel well. That is its natural state.

It simply needs the right building blocks to do so.

What is Acupuncture Good For?

You need specifics. So here you go. Some common acupuncture benefits include helping with:

  • Digestive issues
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Allergies
  • Cold as well as flu
  • Stress as well as anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sleep trouble
  • Infertility
  • Pain relief
  • Sciatica
  • Headaches as well as Migraines
  • Weight loss
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Menstrual pain
  • Tinnitus
  • Dental pain
  • Sprains
  • Physical illnesses as well as
  • Addiction
  • Lower back pain

Talk to doctor about your pain and how acupuncture can help.

Many also love the stress-reducing properties. Did you know these methods can address many mental and emotional imbalances? Unsurprisingly, people can’t stop talking about how much better they feel after just one session.

Our San Francisco community acupuncture is widely known for its work in the area of myofascial pain relief. So if you’re experiencing neck, shoulder, back, hip and knee pain, come see us.

Acupuncture can also complement any conventional medical treatment you receive. It’s not one or the other! Both can help your body function optimally. And unlike some herbal remedies acupuncture doesn’t interact with medicine prescribed by your doctor.

How & Why Acupuncture Works

Qi Is Your Life Force

In traditional Chinese medicine, your “Qi” or life force, courses throughout the body. This flow exists both on the surface (for example skin) and among internal organs (such as the liver). In short, everything is connected!

When the body is functionally optimally, this Qi flows uninterrupted. It unifies your whole body, mind, and emotion as one.

In the practice of acupuncture, we use a map of the body known as a meridian chart. This “map” is a visual representation of your body’s meridians. See chart .

Qi Flows Through Meridians

Meridians are channels of Qi that connect various parts of your external body with its inner workings. Acupuncture is a complex science. But to keep it simple, we’ll focus on the 12 major meridians. These mirror each other on both sides of your body, and include:

  1. Tai Yang, also known as Greater yang- most external and found on the back of the body.
  2. Yang Ming-Brightness yang– Found on the front of the body.
  3. Shao Yang-Lesser yang – Found on the back of the body
  4. Tai Yin-Greater yin. Found on the front where the lung and spleen qi interact
  5. Shao Yin-Lesser yin– Found on the back where the heart and kidney Qi interact with one another
  6. Jue Yin-Absolute yin. Most internal and found in the middle of the body where liver and pericardium Qi interact.

Meridians Have Points

Along these pathways, you have 350 acupuncture points. Ancient practitioners of acupuncture chose these points because they observed positive effects.

Even though, they didn’t fully understand the importance of these points“scientifically”, they could see the results. Observation is the first step to scientific discovery.

The Science

Of course, observing positive effects is not good enough for most people today. Instead, we want scientific proof. So today, modern researchers have gone further. They’ve sought to understand why and how acupuncture works. As a result of scientific research, they’ve  suggested that acupuncture points contain plenty of:

  • Nerves
  • Muscles as well as
  • Connective tissue

How does this explain how these techniques work? Practitioners have found themselves able to use acupuncture at specific points. By doing so, they can redirect the flow of Qi through that meridian. In turn, this has various repeatable and observable effects on the body.


Stimulating Points to Get Results

By stimulating these acupuncture points, we can influence various reactions in the body. Primarily, these are biochemical and neural, in nature. This isn’t just speculation or placebo effect. It’s science!

Scientists have conducted several repeatable studies. These have demonstrated acupuncture’s amazing abilities. It can enhance the production of several natural chemicals. You produce these chemicals to promote mental and physical balance and wellness. Primarily, these fall into two categories:

  • Neuropeptides – Your body’s natural pain regulators. (for example, natural opioids and non-opioid painkillers)
  • Neurotransmitters – Your body’s communicators and wellness balancers. (for example, serotonin, GABA, and dopamine, just to name a few)

It also has profound effects on the Central Nervous System. This part of your nerve network includes the brain and spinal cord. Using acupuncture, we can alter and bring about spinal reflex effects.

As we do, the procedure stimulates muscle relaxation and changes in internal organs.

Further research shows what’s happening in the brain. Acupuncture decreases activity in the limbic system. This essential component regulates how the body and mind respond to stress and illness. As a result, we can improve the regulation of the HPA (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal) Axis. Your HPA handles hormone balance and many of our physiological responses.

Better Health Without Side Effects

We don’t use any chemicals or medications with acupuncture. This is all you! The treatment simply activates and influences your body’s natural ability to balance, self-regulate, and heal.

Because acupuncture is natural, it has minimal side effects when performed correctly. What’s more, we can safely combine it with other treatments or medications without the risk of interactions.

Also, patients typically experience little to no pain. In fact, many find the procedure itself to be relaxing. That’s because acupuncture generates an immediate and prolonged dopamine boost in the body. Dopamine is your body’s natural relax and unwind neurotransmitter.


What is Acupuncture Good For?

Acupuncture For Fertility

Optimizing fertility through acupuncture can help to ensure a healthy pregnancy for women. Truspine constructs customized fertility treatment plans. This plan attends to every stage of a woman’s journey toward motherhood… Read Blog

Acupuncture For Stress

Stress is one of the most common detriments to a healthy mind. When under the stress feels overwhelming, our patients choose acupuncture. Acupuncture targets and improves focus and attention… Read Blog

Acupuncture For Migraines

One of the most widely recognized reasons for migraine pain is an imbalance of the muscles surrounding the head. Dry needling is an extremely safe treatment option for migraines… Read Blog

Acupuncture For Immunity

TCM has provided a ton of knowledge over the years. We’ve accomplished support of the immune system through many methods and techniques. Acupuncture is an excellent example of this.…Read Blog

Acupuncture For Pregnancy

We offer a natural acupuncture pregnancy support program. It complements conventional medical care rather than replacing it. With the guidance of our San Francisco acupuncturists… Read Blog

Acupuncture For Anxiety

Acupuncturists target the life force to treat anxiety. Conventional Western medicine sees anxiety as a brain disorder. Alternatively, acupuncturists see disruption in the intimate connection among internal organs… Read Blog

Acupuncture For Depression

Through treatment, we can activate the neurotransmitters that promote a sense of mental wellness. A the same time, we address the troubled internal connections that lead to prolonged depressed feelings.

Acupuncture For Sleep

Sleep is critical to health and wellness both mentally and physically. These methods can reduce anxious feelings. increases relaxation, and increases the production of hormones that promote healthy sleep.

Acupuncture For Weight Loss

Our methods can promote better weight management by improving your body’s natural ability to regulate hormones. These include essential messengers that manage stress, hunger, satiety, and cravings.

Acupuncture For Sciatica

Our nerve healing system can both reduce pain levels and promote restorative blood flow. It also prompts your body’s natural ability to heal nerves.

Acupuncture For Back Pain

Acupuncture can provide short-term back pain relief. This is thanks, in part to its natural pain-killing properties. When combined with a holistic approach, this can also restore back health more long-term.

Acupuncture For Tinnitus

Depression and anxiety increase the intensity and frequency of ear ringing. By restoring the connections to reduce these conditions, we can improve your perception of tinnitus. We won’t tell you the sound isn’t real. It is. But perception is very much reality with this ailment.

Our Approach

A visit to our acupuncture clinic includes a truly comprehensive look at wellness. We listen to your history. We inquire about habits around four vital health components:

  • Nutrition
  • Sleep
  • Digestion
  • Stress

For each patient, we develop a tailored care plan. This individualized strategy includes a combination of:

  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese herbs
  • Dry needling
  • Cupping
  • Soft tissue therapy in addition to corrective exercises

A deeply trusting relationship with our patients lies at the heart of our work. This trust connection naturally allows for faster ailment recovery. We are honored to witness and support all aspects of the human experience. Existence includes struggle, challenge, and the relief that comes with healing.

Techniques like acupuncture are not treatments for any disease. Instead, they work by promoting proper balance within the body. When Qi is flowing at its best, we feel well—physically and mentally. This restores your optimal health. As a result, you can achieve your desired outcome.

Discover Optimal Health

Are you dealing with physical pain or high stress?  Are you in search of optimal health, but don’t know where to start?

You can talk to one of our doctors about your issues and the most appropriate treatment by booking an appointment for an in-person assessment and initial treatment. Begin your journey to wellness.

Our Patient Share Her Acupuncture Experience