Acupuncture is a 3,000 year old Chinese system of whole-body approach to health care. It is the goal of the acupuncturist to look at the entire person, not just symptoms as is done in Western medicine. Acupuncture practitioners recognize that there is vital energy, called Qi (pronounced chee), circulating within the body. It flows through a series of pathways called meridians that are like rivers, providing nourishment and Qi to every cell. Imbalances or blockages of Qi within the meridians result in disease, discomfort and/or emotional distress.

When very fine acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points along the meridians, Qi can flow freely and pain and disease are alleviated or diminished. A proper balance of energy in the meridians promotes and helps to maintain good health. The acupuncturist’s goal is to rebalance the body and alleviate those conditions without the use of drugs or surgery. Research shows that acupuncture is a safe and painless way to effectively treat a variety of medical conditions.

What I should Know About Acupuncture?

  • Does Acupuncture hurt?

    Acupuncture needles are very thin and flexible, about the size of a human hair. Some people feel a slight ache when the needle is inserted; however, most patients feel no sensation at all. Anything that is felt is usually mild and subsides quickly after insertion. Most acupuncture patients find the treatments to be very relaxing and pleasurable often leading to sleep during the treatment.

  • Is Acupuncture safe?

    Yes, acupuncture is an extremely safe form of health care. Licensed acupuncturists are required by law to be certified in Clean Needle Technique. At Vital Changes Acupuncture and Nutrition, Diane uses only pre-sterilized, individually packaged and disposable needles. There is no danger of infection with acupuncture.

  • How many Acupuncture treatments will I need?

    The number of treatments needed varies from person to person. Some patients begin to see favorable results after only one or two treatments. Most health problems, however, take several treatments to resolve and many require ten or more sessions to see significant results. In general, chronic conditions require more treatments than acute conditions.

I enjoy a very active lifestyle. Diane’s Orthopedic acupuncture treatments and the occasional kinesio taping not only get me back to peak performance quickly, they allow me to maintain and continue the activities I enjoy. Seana W., La Jolla

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Cosmetic Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation is a healthy approach to a more beautiful and youthful appearance. Cosmetic Acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese wisdom combined with current advances in skin care.


Cosmetic Acupuncture stimulates the production of collagen and elastin which fills in the wrinkles and plumps up the skin. In addition, increased blood flow to the face improves the color and texture of the skin, and it becomes brighter and smoother. This non-invasive approach to a younger you is the healthiest method available.

The benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture include no chemicals or drugs, no surgery or down time, and no swelling or risks to your health. This treatment actually improves your overall health by balancing your body with an acupuncture treatment prior to the insertion of the facial needles. This is a “whole body” treatment, not just the face and neck.

Diane offers free consultations for those considering Cosmetic Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation. Call today to see what Cosmetic Acupuncture can do for you.

I am 68 years old and my skin hasn’t looked this good in years. With Cosmetic Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation, the fine lines and wrinkles on my face and neck are dramatically diminished. I suffered from rosacea for 15 years and used daily medication. I no longer need medication nor have symptoms. Linda L., Pacific Beach

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“Tung’s Points are fondly referred to as ‘magic’ because in most cases, these points deliver instant and lasting results”

Master Tung was known to be one of the greatest acupuncture technicians of all times, famous for the miraculous and spontaneous results he would obtain using just a few needles . Using family secrets passed down from generation to generation, Master Tung perfected and used this technique in the 20th century. He fled China during the Cultural Revolution and passed away in 1975. His teachings and legacy were passed down to two of his students, Drs. Mirium Lee and Wei-Chieh Young. Diane was fortunate to have studied under Susan Johnson, L.Ac., a student of both Drs. Mirium Lee and Wei-Chieh Young.

Master Tung’s Points are usually located opposite the affected area. For example, points on the right side of the body are used to treat ailments on the left side. These points are so energetically powerful that only a few acupuncture points are needed in a treatment. In most cases, the patient notices the effect immediately upon insertion of the needle. Tung’s acupuncture is very safe; most of the points are located on the extremities. Treatment times range from 45 minutes to one hour.

Diane has also observed dramatic results using Master Tung’s Magic points in her own practice. Conditions commonly treated with this technique include pain (shoulder, neck, back, knee), tendonitis, sleep and stress disorders, menopausal syndrome, menstrual disorders, kidney ailments and more.

Diane has completed the Master Tung’s Magic Points series with Susan Johnson and uses it almost exclusively in her practice.

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