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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture - Shelly Boronda, LAc in Arroyo Grande, CASeveral thousand years ago, East Asian practitioners discovered that the body forms disharmonies as a result of the various physical and mental stresses of life. Oriental medical theory explains these disharmonies as an imbalance of opposing forces called yin and yang. This imbalance disrupts the body's communication system leading to various symptoms of dis-ease. By inserting and manipulating needles at specific points on the body, acupuncture can promote the body's ability to heal itself.

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Shelly Boronda, L.Ac. offers Acupuncture in Arroyo Grande, CAMany first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor’s office. They won't. Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles that you may hardly feel when inserted. When gently stimulated the needles may produce a unique sensation that Oriental medicine calls de qi. Patients often describe de qi as a heavy, achy pressure, or spreading, traveling feeling. You may also feel an "electrical" sensation moving down the meridian pathways, though this is less common. Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, most likely more then one treatment is necessary. For acute conditions you can expect to have 5 to 10 treatments, but you will usually begin to feel relief between 1 to 4 sessions. Chronic conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being may also be scheduled on a monthly, quarterly, or as-needed basis.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Shelly Boronda, LAc offers safe, effective Acupuncture in Arroyo Grande, CAYes. Acupuncture is used by millions of Americans every year. Acupuncturists are required to undergo extensive education, including college level courses in human anatomy and physiology. Training in Clean Needle Technique is required before graduating from an accredited university. After passing a comprehensive state board examination administered by the State of California Acupuncture Board, a license is issued to practice acupuncture. As required by law, only pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles are used to ensure your complete safety.

Your First Visit

Your first acupuncture visit will involve a detailed intake download the intake form along with your first session of acupuncture. Please allow 1 to 1.5 hrs for your first visit. The acupuncture intake form asks questions about your current state of health; dietary, lifestyle and exercise habits; past illnesses, and family history. These questions are important because the holistic approach of Oriental medicine views all of these aspects as integral to your state of health and well being.

Acupuncture - Shelly Boronda, LAc in Arroyo Grande, CAAfter the intake, we will discuss your expectations and what conditions you would like to address using acupuncture therapy. Following a brief examination of the pulse and tongue, acupuncture needles will be placed depending upon the condition being treated and the information derived from the examination. If you are seeking treatment for a pain related condition, cupping therapy may be indicated. Cupping therapy will be performed, with your consent, prior to placement of the acupuncture needles. Once the needles are inserted, you will recline comfortably on a massage table for 15-20 minutes with the needles in place. Many people find acupuncture treatment deeply relaxing, it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during this time.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture works by activating the body's own healing abilities through biochemical releases. It can be beneficial for many health conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented many symptoms, diseases, and conditions that have been shown in controlled clinical trials to be effectively treated with acupuncture. Below are some common conditions I can treat, but please feel free to contact me about your specific health condition.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine


  • Sports injuries
  • Muscle pain
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Leg, ankle and foot pain
  • Arm, wrist and hand pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Jaw pain (TMJ)
  • Dental pain
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Postoperative pain

Digestive Issues & Nausea

  • Heartburn, Acid Reflux
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Chronic indigestion
  • Chronic loose stools or constipation
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting

Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

Respiratory Complaints

  • Sinusitis
  • Allergies

Reproductive Issues

  • Infertility
  • Increased efficacy of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)



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