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Wendi M Miyashiro
Specializes in Acupuncture
624 Broadway Street; #302
San Diego, CA
 

Ms. Wendi Miyashiro practices acupuncture. Her areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), migraine, and stress management. Ms. Miyashiro is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Facial Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Migraine, Sports Health, Headache, Musculoskeletal ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Acupuncture, Chiropractic
316 East H Street; Suite 701a
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Mark Tsai's specialties are acupuncture and chiropractic. He practices in Chula Vista, CA. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan.

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Specializes in Acupuncture
4190 Bonita Road; #207
Bonita, CA
 

Mr. Joel Gabriel specializes in acupuncture and practices in Bonita, CA. Mr. Gabriel's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more.

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Specializes in Acupuncture
690 Otay Lakes Road; Suite 100b
Chula Vista, CA
 

Ms. Lori Gritz specializes in acupuncture and practices in Chula Vista, CA. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan.

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Specializes in Acupuncture
711 4th Avenue; Suite 201
San Diego, CA
 

Ms. Christine Kinsella is an acupuncturist in San Diego, CA. She accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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Specializes in Acupuncture
885 Canarios Court; Suite 110
Chula Vista, CA
 

Ms. Georgia Good's specialty is acupuncture. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more.

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Specializes in Acupuncture
4514 Bonita Road
Bonita, CA
 

Ms. Julie Laffen is an acupuncturist. Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Ms. Laffen accepts.

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Specializes in Acupuncture
543 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA
 

Ms. Miriam Gilson specializes in acupuncture and practices in Coronado, CA. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more.

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Specializes in Acupuncture
4514 Bonita Road
Bonita, CA
 

Ms. Ida Candelaria specializes in acupuncture and practices in Bonita, CA. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Ms. Candelaria takes.

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Specializes in Acupuncture
910 A Avenue
National City, CA
 

Mr. Ryan Dempsey's specialty is acupuncture. He accepts Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance.

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Specializes in Acupuncture
4433 Mayberry Street
San Diego, CA
 

Ms. Aicha Sebaa practices acupuncture in San Diego, CA. She is an in-network provider for Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance.

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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that is at least two thousand years old, although it has only recently gained popularity in North America. Practitioners of acupuncture are called acupuncturists. They may also provide other forms of TCM, or they may have learned acupuncture alone. In the United States, acupuncture providers must have three or four years of graduate level education to be licensed.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the body is filed with a vital energy called qi. When this energy becomes blocked or unbalanced, pain and illness result. To redirect the flow of qi, the acupuncturist inserts extremely thin, stainless steel needles (the width of a human hair) into a patient’s skin at specific points in the body (called meridians). A trained acupuncturist knows which meridians to insert the acupuncture needles into, how deeply to insert them, and how to stimulate them by raising or twisting them in order to balance the qi correctly.

Although researchers don’t know exactly how acupuncture works, they do have solid evidence that it does. Multiple studies have shown that acupuncture is effective at relieving pain, reducing nausea from chemotherapy, improving fertility, and reducing inflammation. The World Health Organization has stated that acupuncture is effective in treating 28 different conditions and may be helpful in treating many others. The Western medical view on acupuncture is not that qi is being balanced, but that the needles stimulate blood flow and endorphin production, which promote a sense of well-being.

During a typical acupuncture treatment, the acupuncturist will first examine the patient and ask about any complaints. The patient will lie down on a table and get comfortable. Then the acupuncturist will insert the needles, which are between 13 and 70mm long and made of stainless steel. Usually a treatment uses between 3 and 15 needles, and they are left in place for about 20 minutes. Most states require the needles to be disposable, single-use needles to reduce the chance of any infection. The needles may be twisted or moved, and in some cases, low currents of electricity are passed through them. Then they are removed, the patient is given lifestyle advice, and the appointment is over. Sessions are often repeated weekly or every other week.

Acupuncture has many benefits. Since it is extremely safe and has no side effects, it can be an excellent alternative to pain medications for those patients who cannot or choose not to take them. In addition, acupuncture is now covered by the majority of health care insurance plans in the United States. Acupuncture can be a wonderful option in your treatment plan.