Based on hundreds of years of study and practice and on the ancient Eastern philosophy of Chi or Qi (flow of human energy), acupuncture is the practice of inserting thin, flexible needles through the skin into specific locations on the body for the purpose of relief of physical symptoms, restoring balance, healing and wellness. People seek out acupuncture for many conditions including back and join pain, the common cold, migraines as well as side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, infertility, post stroke symptoms, weight control and depression or anxiety. Los Angeles is privy to hundreds of acupuncturists and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practices, but here are the five best in the city. These acupuncturists have outstanding credentials, integrating both Eastern and Western approaches as well as additional resources for optimal health.
Cindy Rosenberg, L.Ac
11300 Olympic Blvd., Suite 880
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Cindy Rosenberg, L.A.c is classically trained and practicing licensed acupuncturist in all five branches of Chinese Medicine: acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional counseling, bodywork (massage, cupping, gua sha) and movement/breath therapy. Personally, acupuncture and herbal medicine brought Rosenberg relief and diagnosis for a condition she struggled with as a teen. This interested her, and ultimately she turned a passion into a career. Her broad Eastern practice is complemented by working alongside Western physicians, enabling Rosenberg to work with patients suffering from pain, autoimmune disease, digestive troubles, hormonal and fertility issues, common colds, anxiety and more. Rosenberg is always determined to find an individualized solution for her patients and uses all resources even if it means referring them to someone else. In addition to acupuncture, she utilizes massage, modern style of scalp acupuncture (an effective technique for nerve pain) and a personal relationship with her patients, which often makes all the difference in their healing.
Marin L. Kokin
Kokin Healing Center
23603 Park Sorrento, Suite 101
Calabasas, CA 91302
Acupuncturist and nutritionist Marin L. Kokin is an esteemed health professional practicing Eastern medicine with a background in Western medicine. Kokin graduated from Yo San University with a master’s degree in Chinese medicine and a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from University of California, Santa Barbara. Her Calabasas practice gives patients a safe and private environment to discuss symptoms and strategic treatment and preventative plans. Kokin’s comprehensive approach, including acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal medicine, helps her patients to figure out the root cause of their symptoms. She offers an initial consultation appointment, which includes the first acupuncture session. Kokin Healing Center coordinates with patients’ Western physicians, and bills insurance companies directly. The practice also offers electro-acupuncture, acupressure, myofascial release, nutrition counseling, stretching and cold/heat therapy.
Dr. Victoria Lucas
The Lucas Health & Beauty Center
12301 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 413
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Specializing in pain management, musculoskeletal disorders and female and male fertility, Dr. Victoria Lucas is a licensed chiropractic and acupuncture holistic health practitioner conveniently located on the west side. She holds a Doctorate in Chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College and a masters degree from Emperors College of Oriental Medicine. Integrating both Western and Eastern healing traditions, Lucas treats patients for both chronic and acute issues following the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) philosophy. For the needle-phobes, Lucas is known for her gentle and precise touch, giving patients comfort through every step of the treatment. Her pregnant patients come to her for everything from morning sickness to delayed labor. For Angelenos looking to prevent wrinkles, Lucas offers non-surgical face lift treatments through acupuncture, which rejuvenates the facial skin, increases collagen and circulation, and improves muscle tone.
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Douglas Eisenstark, L.Ac
2001 S. Barrington, Room 118
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Doug Eisenstark’s background in acupuncture and Chinese medicine is ever-evolving. Since he began practicing in 1996, Eisenstark continues to study and learn new techniques and information to ultimately provide patients with the full gamut of treatments. Through his continuing education, Eisenstark delves into topics including cancer support, herbology (he also owns an herbal on-line company, Eagleherbs.com), psychology of Chinese medicine, tai chi and qi gong. He is a teacher and clinic supervisor at Emperor’s College and Yo-San University in Santa Monica. What makes Eisenstark’s background unique is his gig working in China as an acupuncturist treating pain in Shanghai, and Hepatitis C and oncology in Beijing.
Dr. Jessica Chen
Tao Of Wellness
2825 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Her academic standings alone is reason enough to schedule your next acupuncture appointment with Dr. Jessica Chen. Licensed acupuncturist and Doctor of Oriental Reproductive Medicine with masters and doctoral degrees in Traditional Chinese Medicine and a bachelors degree in psychology from Boston University, Chen also studied TCM in her native Taipei, Taiwan at various hospitals. Today, she is known for providing upstanding treatments to her patients and her unique bedside manner. Under the wings of Drs. Daoshing and Mao Shing Ni, Chen specializes in women’s health and fertility enhancement (she co-authored “Sitting Moon,” a book offering info on how to care for a new mother in the month after giving birth), as well as counseling patients on nutrition.