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

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. 

$80 1 hour treatment

Wellness Treatment: 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.

$90 1 hour treatment

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.

$100 1 hour treatment


What is Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine/East Asian Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine in an integrated and complex system of understanding and treating health and disease.  It has been around for thousands of years.  In this system of medicine, the body is seen as a delicate balance of two opposing but inseparable forces called yin and yang.  Simply put, disease arises because of an imbalance of these two substances.  Acupuncture can help restore balance and health to the body by tapping into our bodies natural healing mechanisms.

Acupuncture is the sterile needles over specific areas on the body.  From an eastern perspective, the needles stimulate the acupuncture points, which then regulate the meridians and organs of the body to help encourage optimal health and homeostasis.  

What are the treatments like?

You will begin with an initial consultation in which you will go over your health goals and health history, which will include reading your pulses and looking at your tongue.  These are two traditional diagnostics that help to figure out the imbalances in your body.    The treatment may include acupuncture, bodywork, moxibustion and or cupping. 

How many treatments are needed?

The number of treatments depends greatly.  Generally the longer an issue has been going on, the longer treatment may take.  You will discus this in the initial consultation.  On average patients usually see results with the first treatment but follow-up sessions may be needed for a specific issues with regular treatments as needed for maintenance. 


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