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Does Acupuncture Work?

Yes! tiny hair thin needles inserted in specific points on the body stimulate muscles fibers that engage the peripheral nervous system to increase production of stress hormones and pain killing endorphins. There have been many studies on acupuncture’s potential usefulness and results have emerged showing efficacy of acupuncture for many more conditions then just pain.

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.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

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 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 My Health Insurance Cover Acupuncture?

We accept all insurance plans that cover acupuncture, give us a call at 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 to verify coverage and co pays for treatment. Check out Provider page for Self Pay Discounted Treatment Rates. 

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 see our online schedule in real time for availability or to book your first appointment.

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

ASHP/Kaiser Permanente
Anthem/Blue Cross of California
Blue Shield of California
Optum Health / Cal Schools VEBA
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

If in doubt, just try it out. Can change your life!

“Ok, so if you have never tried acupuncture before and you have pain that will not go away, this is the place for you. The Healing Arts Center is ran in a professional manner with the utmost respect and care for their patients. I had paid relief the vey first time I received treatment. Nearly any ailment you have, Shaheed has a way to help you, come in and see him; you wont regret it!”

Jody K. 10/26/2015

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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.


Healing Arts Health Center's Gong Fu is Very Strong

As one drives up to the clinic there is ample door to door service parking. Upon entering the pristine facility one encounters the warm friendly smiles of Leslie, the helpful office manager. Also greeting you upon entrance is the fountain statue of a Buddha, often bubbling in ethereal tranquility. The comfortable waiting room is replete with valuable reading material, a prosperous plant, and drinking water (not that I have ever spent very much time there; service is pretty expedient). So far, in my mind, these were all immediate indications of being in the right place. The friendly office staff then escorts you to one of the many treatment rooms where you will be most comfortable. Perhaps you will enjoy treatment seated in a Lazboy chair, or laying upon a massage table. I personally often deliver my elaborate patient narrative from the Lazboy, and then migrate to the massage table for receiving acupuncture. Acupuncture in the Lazboy was a unique experience (definitely East meets West). After being escorted to my treatment room; where I organized my thoughts about how to best communicate that which I was experiencing; I was soon greeted by one of the most humble; genuine; respectful; unassuming; polite; educated; sincere; caring; professional; knowledgeable; compassionate; quality; down to earth; consummate professional health care practitioners walking the Earth- Shaheed Abdullah. This man's thorough understanding, comprehension, and implementation of Chinese medicine is un-matched in my search, findings, and previous experience. His bed side manner; listening skills; intelligence; wit; orientation toward results; passion for his profession; sincere interest in his patients; and providing the very best of care; is revealed every step of the way! Shaheed's art form of the "Rapid Recovery Method" has considerably mitigated my pain levels and the fluctuations thereof, with increasingly improved range and tolerance. He keeps me on my feet, and in the gym. I am now able to progress through my physical therapy exercises, and even augment with weight training again (Yeeeaaahh!!). My acupuncture treatments generally last between 45 and 60 minutes, this is not including my patient narrative, which is often especially loquacious. If you are ready to feel better, facilitate and expedite your body's natural healing process, and require the best care available. I encourage you to schedule an appointment at Healing Arts Health Center in San Diego : ) I wish I were a professional athlete or famous actor, so that this review may have more clout, but I am just a satisfied everyday UCSD student : ) !

Alex M.
The Best Accupunture in San Diego area

I've been to seven different acupuncturist in San Diego, Rancho Bernardo and Poway. Shaheed is one of the best by far. His treatment is excellent, the cupping is wonderful. I felt so relaxed afterward, which I never felt from the rest of the acupuncturist I've been to. Highly recommended. :)

Beth S

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


(858) 467-9893

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