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What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago. The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques. The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with solid, extremely fine, stainless steel filiform needles.

Does It Hurt?

The biggest question we get with regard to acupuncture is the famous ‘Does it hurt?’ The short answer is, no, not as much as you probably think.

What do we mean by that? Well, when the majority of people hear the word ‘needle’ they immediately make an association with a hypodermic needle and getting a ‘shot’ at a doctor visit. The problem with that is two fold 1) hypodermic needles are a heavier gauge (thickness) than acupuncture needles 2) the real pain involved with getting a shot is not from the needle penetrating the skin but from the actual injection of the liquid into the body.

The discomfort you might feel when an acupuncture is tapped into position is not nearly as bad as a single hair being pulled out. In fact, the majority of the time the you won’t even feel the needle penetrate at all.

Does It Work?

There have been many studies on acupuncture’s potential usefulness and promising results have emerged showing efficacy of acupuncture.

Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine treatments have shown effective benefits related to:

    • Allergies
    • Cold & Flu
    • Neck Pain
    • Thoracic & Trapezius
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Migraine Headaches
    • Tension Headaches
    • Low-Back Pain
    • Myofascial Pain
    • Hip & Knee Pain
    • Plantar Fasciitis
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Postoperative & Chemotherapy Nausea
    • Sciatica
    • Stress
    • Stroke Rehabilitation
    • Tennis Elbow

Does My Health Insurance Cover Acupuncture?

Please give us a call 858-467-9893 or simply take a picture of the front and back of your insurance card and email it to us along with your date of birth to

We will call to verify your insurance coverage and contact you within 24 hours in most cases. So go ahead and  click on the “Book Now”  to check our schedule in real time for availability or to book your first appointment.

Here are just a few of the insurance companies we currently contract with that do cover acupuncture benefits:

ASHP/Kaiser Permanente
Anthem/Blue Cross of California
Blue Shield of California
Optum Health Pacificare/Secure Horizons
United Healthcare

Does Workers Compensation Cover Acupuncture?

California Labor Code Section 4600 specifically mandates that employers must provide injured workers with appropriate treatment including acupuncture, if needed, according to ACOEM guidelines.

Let us do the work for you, we are on most MPN’s and will be happy to contact your primary treating physician or workers compensation insurance adjuster for pre-authorization to start acupuncture treatment ASAP.

Coventry Health Care
Department of Labor

What Next?

Make an appointment! As the saying goes ‘you won’t know unless you try’. If you are looking for a New Acupuncturist or trying Acupuncture in San Diego for the first time you will be happy you chose Healing Arts Health Center.

We look forward to being apart of your healing process!!

Reviews from around the Web.


WHEN I WENT :: Monday 9AM appt.  Arrived at 8:50AM and left around 10:30AM.  Plenty of parking all around the building at this hour.  I scheduled my first appointment online. When I arrived at the office, I was given an iPad to enter all of my information.  This was a nice change from having to hand-write pages and pages of personal info.  The appointment started on time. The office was nice, clean and had plenty of magazines.

WHAT I WORE :: I had to go to work right after my appointment so I was wearing black cropped dress pants, lightweight blouse and heels.  You should dress comfortably as you will be laying down on a recliner or a massage table.  I did not have to undress at all.  All of the acupuncture was performed on areas that were accessible while I was fully clothed.

WHY I WENT ::  I have been having neck and head muscle tension and pain for over a month and a half, likely due to stress and working at a computer all day.  The pain was constant and I was taking Advil all throughout the day…everyday.

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS :: Shaheed is a very personable, positive person who puts you at ease right away.  He seems very knowledgeable in his work and I appreciated his communication on what he was doing.  He did not pressure me for more appointments.  After the acupuncture needles were placed, I relaxed and reclined in my room for quite a while…probably close to 45mins.  It was unexpectedly relaxing.

I wasn’t a believer, but I am now.  I felt *immediate* improvement in range of motion and easing of muscle tension.   I could only turn my head about 45 degrees when I arrived and by the time I left and progressively through the rest of the day I could easily turn my head close to 90 degrees (an actually regain the ability to check my blind spot while driving!)

One day post-treatment, I still feel the benefits of the treatment.  My muscles seem to be loosening up and my range of motion staying at the improved range.

Now the only thing I’m wondering is why I didn’t go sooner!

Jenny K. 6/30/2014

After more than a year with severe plantar fasciitis in both feet, and very limited response to physical therapy, I was discouraged about anything helping, afraid that foot pain had become a permanent part of my life. And then I came to Dr. Shaheed Abdullah. There was some improvement after my first treatment, and significant improvement soon after that. He is skilled, listens well, requests specific information and feedback, incorporating both into his treatment. I am grateful beyond measure.

Joan M. 9/6/2014

Featured Testimonial

So first off let me say I'm terrified of needles, and I actually allowed Shaheed to work on me. If it wasn't for his good natured disposition and the ability to make me feel comfortable we probably wouldn't of made it past the first treatment.

Thank goodness I did, Shaheed is very good at what he does and he focuses on overall wellness as well as specific areas that need to be address.

I suffer from back pain and headaches due to a biking accident.

Acupuncture has been the only thing that has helped control my headaches. it also has helped to balance my metabolism and mood which is a nice bonus.

- Jennifer I.


18 day Migraine

I have never had Acupuncture treatment before and Shaheed made me feel so comfortable and told me what to expect and when to expect it. I am referring my coworkers and friends to see him. I also had a massage and Kailyn* was so nice and professional.

Hip Pain

Shaheed has performed not only acupuncture, but cupping and massage to help alleviate the chronic pain in my hip. I look forward to my weekly visits. Shaheed and his staff truly care about your well being. This is much better than pain medication that alters your being.

Heidi E.

Office Info


5222 Balboa Ave., Suite 43
San Diego, CA 92117


(858) 467-9893

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Monday - Thursday 9AM - 6PM; Friday & Every Other Saturday 9AM - 2PM | Serving San Diego County


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