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Acupuncture has been practiced for more than a millennium. That being said, it’s still a pretty new thing to a lot of Westerners. Not only that, it can be a little intimidating, simply because it’s kind of an unknown. However, when you really explore it, you’ll realize it’s nothing to fear. In fact, it’s a pretty good alternative to surgery or medications. If you’ve been considering acupuncture for whatever reason, these are some acupuncturists you should explore.
A child is being treated with acupuncture for obesity at the Aimin Slimming Centre on July 11, 2007 in Wuhan of Hubei Province, China. Doctors in the center have combined acupuncture, exercise and diet to help about 110 obese teenagers from 9 to 20 years old lose weight during one month. An official from the Ministry of Health revealed that more than 200 million Chinese people are overweight. (credit: China Photos/Getty Images)

A child is being treated with acupuncture for obesity at the Aimin Slimming Centre on July 11, 2007 in Wuhan of Hubei Province, China. Doctors in the center have combined acupuncture, exercise and diet to help about 110 obese teenagers from 9 to 20 years old lose weight during one month. An official from the Ministry of Health revealed that more than 200 million Chinese people are overweight. (credit: China Photos/Getty Images)


Family Wellness Acupuncture
4950 Barranca Parkway, Suite 301
Irvine, CA 92604
(949) 836-2857
www.familywellnessacupuncture.com

When you decide to try acupuncture — especially if it’s for the first time — you want to make sure that you go to someone who really knows the practice. Ryoko Takayama studied in Japan and at Berkeley. She opened this practice in 2008, so she’s spent some good time helping the people of Orange County. She can help with whatever needs treatment, and focuses on women’s health (including pre-natal treatments), allergies and eating disorders.

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Orange Acupuncture
2050 W Chapman Ave., Suite 102
Orange, CA 92868
(818) 923-6345
www.acupunctureorange.com

Any good acupuncturist will spend some time with you to develop a customized treatment plan to get you on the road to healing whatever is necessary. Winston Wang is no different. Before he treats you, he will meet with you to see how best to treat your ailment. The treatment here is $60 for an hour, which includes your diagnosis and treatment. Some of Wang’s specialties are pain control (including headaches) and infertility.

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Orange County Acupuncture Specialist
610 E Katella Ave.
Orange, CA 92867
(714) 997-4861
www.ocacupuncturespecialist.com

Michael Padilla started practicing acupuncture to help his mom, who was fighting pancreatic cancer. He understands the importance of the treatment for those who want to avoid surgery and pain medication. His focus is pain relief of all kinds, and no matter what sort of pain you experience, he can assist you. Padilla accepts most insurance plans and works with a variety of medical professionals to develop the best plan for you. He also offers a free consultation to give you an idea of what to expect before you experience your first treatment.

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Nakamura Acupuncture
15541 Beach Blvd., Suite B
Westminster, CA 92683
(714) 891-7022
www.healthyonpurpose.com

As a second-generation acupuncturist, Hiro Nakamura certain has the credentials. With training from one of the preeminent acupuncturists in Japan passed on from his father and then passed on to Hiro, you can be sure you’ll be in terrific hands. Hiro will not only meet with you to devise an acupuncture treatment plan, he will also help to develop a plan for the best herbal supplements to your treatment plan. Any inhibitions you have about acupuncture will be assuaged by the staff here. 

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Elements In Harmony
23151 Verdugo Drive
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
(949) 305-1703
moveyourqi.com

Anna Dolopo is the acupuncturist here and she is a pretty established practitioner. She began practicing Chinese medicine in 1999, and has plenty of practice designing plans for patients. She uses the balance method, which is a treatment of both acupuncture and Chinese herbs. When you go here, understand that the treatment might take a while. Most patients here see results within 10 to 20 treatments, as long as they maintain both components of the balance method.

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Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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