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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture relieves pain, reduces inflammation, and restores healthy function. Sterile, hair-thin needles are placed at specific points on your body to activate your own internal healing processes. You will feel little or no discomfort during the placement of the needles. The needles are gently stimulated to produce a unique sensation that people often describe as a heavy, achy pressure, or a spreading, traveling feeling.

Acupuncture is used to prevent and treat disease, relieve pain, balance mood, enhance athletic performance, increase fertility, and improve overall health and wellness.

Several thousand years ago, East Asian practitioners discovered that the body forms imbalances as a result of the various physical and mental stresses of life. This imbalance disrupts the movement of the body's vital energy (qi) along the meridian pathways, which are channels through which the body's energy is thought to flow. Acupuncture restores the smooth flow of qi. By inserting and manipulating needles at specific points on the body, the body returns to its natural balance and promotes the body's ability to heal itself.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more than one treatment is necessary. For acute conditions, expect to have 7 to 10 treatments, but many people begin to feel relief after just the first few visits. 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 an as-needed basis.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Yes. Acupuncture is used by millions of Americans every year. Acupuncturists are required to undergo extensive education, including detailed study of human anatomy and training in Clean Needle Technique using sterile acupuncture needles.

Leigh Caldwell is a licensed acupuncturist. She has passed a comprehensive national board examination administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is licensed by the state of California. As required by law, Affordable Acucare uses sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to ensure your complete safety.

Your First Visit

When you arrive for your first acupuncture appointment, your completed forms will be reviewed to assess your state of health, past illnesses and family history. To save time, please download and complete the required forms and bring them to your appointment. Insurance and treatment costs will be discussed. Expect your first visit to last about an hour and a half.

After your primary concerns are discussed, a treatment plan will be recommended to treat your individual condition. Many first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor’s office. They won't. The needles are less than 0.25 millimeters in diameter, about the thickness of your eyelash. You may feel a momentary sensation or nothing at all when they are inserted. Once the needles are inserted, you will rest comfortably for 20 minutes with the needles in place. Many people find acupuncture treatment deeply relaxing, and it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep. After your treatment, you will be able to go about your regular daily activities.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture works by activating the body's own healing powers, so 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 that can be treated, but if you have questions, please feel free to contact Affordable Acucare about your specific health condition.


  • 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 and 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
  • Asthma

Women's Health

  • Painful menstruation
  • Irregular periods
  • Perimenopausal symptoms

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Make an Appointment

Leigh Caldwell, L.Ac.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbs
14101 Yorba Street, Suite 105
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 742-6821