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Acupuncture treatment options at Meta Physica with Annie Masaoka L.Ac

Your treatment will begin with an intake where you can discuss what you would like to work on most during your session. Acupuncture can treat a wide variety of ailments from the onset of sickness to autoimmune disease and physical pain. Your treatment will always tailored specifically for you and what your body needs at the time you come in to return to a balanced state. Examples of treatment styles are listed below.

De-stress: This treatment may include bodywork, cupping, gua-sha, moxabustion, patting and/or rocking with acupuncture. One session will bring you down a few notches and leave you with a deep sense of calm and relaxation. It is appropriate for anyone dealing with stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression or just needing to relax.

Pain management: This treatment focuses on reducing physical pain, whether your pain is acute or chronic. Local and distal acupuncture will release muscle knots, bursitis, adhesions and scar tissue to treat swollen joints, neck & back pain, low-back sprain, headaches, shoulder injuries, hip pain, plantar fasciitis and carpal tunnel etc. In addition to acupuncture, cupping, gua-sha, topical lineaments, moxibustion and/or body work may be part of this treatment. The needling style for this treatment may be intense or gentle depending on your needs and you may feel soreness afterwards but the pain relief will be worth it.

Wellness: This treatment focuses on returning your body to a state of balance. If you have an acute or chronic illness schedule your treatment and get your health back on track. Utilize this treatment for any illness such as the common cold/flu, a lingering illness, autoimmune diseases, hormonal disregulation or if you just need a tuneup. This session may include: acupuncture, cupping, gua-sha, moxibustion, lifestyle/dietary recommendations and bodywork.


Acupuncture and East Asian medicine is a unique in that we treat the patient and not the disease.  There is a broad category of disease and symptoms that can be helped through acupuncture and east Asian medicine.  Here is detailed list of what acupuncture can treat according to the World Health Organization (WHO):

  • Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)

  • Acne

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy

  • Alcohol dependence and detoxification

  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)

  • Bell’s palsy

  • Bronchial asthma

  • Cancer pain

  • Cardiac neurosis

  • Craniocerebral injury, closed

  • Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)

  • Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent

  • Dysmenorrhoea, primary

  • Earache

  • Epidemic haemorrhagic fever

  • Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)

  • Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection

  • Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)

  • Facial spasm

  • Female infertility

  • Female urethral syndrome

  • Fibromyalgia and fasciitis

  • Gastrokinetic disturbance

  • Gouty arthritis

  • Headache

  • Hepatitis B virus carrier status

  • Herpes zoster

  • Hyperlipaemia

  • Hypo-ovarianism

  • Hypertension, essential Hypotension, primary

  • Induction of labour

  • Insomnia Labour pain

  • Knee pain

  • Lactation, deficiency

  • Leukopenia

  • Low back pain

  • Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic

  • Malposition of fetus, correction of

  • Ménière disease

  • Morning sickness Nausea and vomiting

  • Neck pain

  • Neuralgia, post-herpetic

  • Neurodermatitis

  • Obesity

  • Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence

  • Osteoarthritis Pain due to endoscopic examination

  • Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)

  • Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein–Leventhal syndrome)

  • Postextubation in children

  • Postoperative convalescence

  • Premenstrual syndrome

  • Prostatitis, chronic

  • Pruritus Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome

  • Periarthritis of shoulder

  • Postoperative pain

  • Raynaud syndrome, primary

  • Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection

  • Retention of urine, traumatic

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Schizophrenia Sialism, drug-induced

  • Sjögren syndrome

  • Sore throat (including tonsillitis)

  • Sciatica

  • Sprain

  • Stroke

  • Stiff neck

  • TMJ dysfunction

  • Tobacco dependence

  • Ulcerative colitis, chronic