Encino Acupuncture
and Herb Center
Serving the community for more than 20 years.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a natural and complete medical system that has flourished in Asia for the past 5,000 years and is rapidly gaining in popularity in the West. It involves the insertion of hair-thin, solid and sterile stainless-steel needles into specific locations on the body called acupuncture points. Because of their size, acupuncture needles cause little or no discomfort when inserted. Rather than tearing the body’s tissues, they gently separate tissues which realign once the needles are extracted.

Acupuncture has few side effects, is non-addictive and non-toxic. More than one-third of the world’s population use acupuncture as their primary mode of health care.  It is also recognized by the World Health Organization as a valuable and effective medicine for various conditions.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture works following the same principles that apply to radio waves. Although invisible to the naked eye, radio waves elicit sound when a radio is tuned to the correct frequency.  Similarly, when acupuncture needles are placed in specific points on the body and “tuned” to the correct frequency, they serve antenna to receive healing energy from the universe. Acupuncture needles broadcast energy through acupuncture point into the body where they exert positive changes.

When the body’s energy is depleted, the needles help restore it either by tuning into the energy of the universe or by redistributing energy already in the body, drawing from regions of the body where there are surpluses. The needles also serve to drain any surplus energy from the body and redistribute it to regions of the body that are deficient. When there is stagnant energy, acupuncture needles open the circulation, so that energy can flow properly throughout the body. All of these techniques are designed to balance the body’s energy.

What to Expect During and After Treatment


During needle insertion, a person may feel a slight pinch or no sensation at all. This may followed by a dull, achy or heavy sensation often described as pressure, a pulsing, or a surge at the location of the needle. Eastern medicine considers this the activation and realignment of the body’s energy. After these initial sensations, people often feel warmth traveling along certain paths. They may also sense energy moving in regions of the body distant from the insertion site.

During the treatment most people fall into a state of complete relaxation or fall asleep. After the treatment, some people feel animated and invigorated while others get a renewed sense of well being.


On average, an acupuncture treatment lasts between 20 to 30 minutes, although the duration varies depending on the practitioner, the technique used, the age of the patient, and the condition being treated.


Some patients feel relief from symptoms during or immediately following the treatment while others may take a number of treatments to feel significant change.  The number of treatment varies depending on the strength of the patient’s constitution, the patient’s history and length of time the person has the condition.  Generally, more chronic conditions take longer to treat.