Acupunturist working on a patient

At Arise Acupuncture, our San Diego acupuncturist provides integrative acupuncture services to provide clients with whole body healing. Our acupuncture sessions are unique as we aim to get to the root cause of your condition. We utilize a combination of healing modalities, including herbal medicine alongside acupuncture to treat you from a multidisciplinary approach. Our treatments involve ancient wisdom to guide your body back into balance harmony. 

What Is Integrative Acupuncture? 


Integrative acupuncture is a comprehensive approach to healing where the patient and the practitioner work together to address and treat a condition using various healing modalities alongside acupuncture. This type of acupuncture includes elements of traditional Chinese medicine as well as lab diagnostics, supplements, and functional nutrition to address and treat a variety of health conditions. 


Helping Clients Tap into Their Body's Innate Wisdom of Healing

What Is Included in an Integrative Acupuncture Treatment?

An integrative acupuncture session will be conducted by our doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in the following steps:



During your first acupuncture session, our acupuncturist will conduct an initial consultation to go over your medical history, symptoms, lifestyle habits, digestive issues, and anything else that pertains to your overall health and wellbeing. As Chinese medicine takes a holistic approach to health, it is important for us to gain a better understanding of these areas of your life.


Treatment plan

Once our acupuncturist has a thorough understanding of your condition, a treatment plan will be curated specifically for you. Several acupuncture sessions will be recommended based off the type of condition you have as well as your symptoms and the severity of your condition.


Acupuncture works cumulatively, so it is not uncommon to come in more frequently in the beginning and then have these sessions taper down after re-evaluation. We encourage questions and are happy to help explain any part of the acupuncture treatment plan we create for you.




Acupuncture is safe, effective, FDA approved, and painless. During a treatment, our acupuncturist will place thin needles in certain areas across your body. These needles are small, and most patients do not feel them at all. Once the needles are set, patients report little to no sensation.


An acupuncture session itself will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. Once the session is over, be prepared to feel relaxed and at ease but also ready to complete the rest of your day. 



Once significant progress has been made, our acupuncturist will re-evaluate your needs and build a maintenance program with you to help you maintain your progress. 

Our Integrative Acupuncture Services 


Chinese medicine has used plants and minerals as a source of healing since antiquity. This type of medicine continues to be used today and, thanks to modern science, is known as a safe and effective treatment for a variety of conditions. Herbal formulas can be prescribed either on their own or in conjunction with acupuncture to increase their therapeutic and healing effects. 


Moxibustion, otherwise known as Moxa, is a traditional therapy used on or above specific acupuncture points to add warmth and stimulation to the point, increasing circulation. Leaves from the mugwort plant, also known as Artemisia Vulgaris, are burned in a variety of ways to help improve the flow of energy in the body.


Cupping is an ancient therapy that reduces pain, increases micro-circulation, reduces inflammation, aids in relaxation, and promotes an overall feeling of wellbeing. The vacuum created by the suction cups activates the lymphatic system, reliving toxins, increasing circulation, and relaxing tight muscles. It is especially effective for back pain.


Gua sha is an ancient Chinese healing technique that uses long strokes along the skin's surface to increase mirco-circulation, which increases blood flow to the tissue. It is often used to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and increase the tonality of the skin.


Auricular is a type of acupressure, or acupuncture, that is applied to the ear. The ear represents a microcosm of the whole body, and it is possible to treat any disorder from the ears. Often this therapy is combined with acupuncture so that the patient may take a part of the treatment home with them for longer lasting results.


Incorporating the ancient wisdom of Chinese Medicine with cutting edge functional medicine, we create goals that feel manageable for you to up-level your health. Diet can be one of the single most effective tools at improving your health and it truly is the "homework" to healing yourself.


Integrating Eastern and Western philosophies, we use lab testing to maximize your results. In some cases, functional lab testing for gut or hormone health is essential in order to break through and make significant progress. We offer testing to suit your needs and get you the results you desire.


Get in touch by contacting us online or calling 619-356-1225 today.

Are you interested in a treatment but aren’t comfortable with needles? 

No needles, no problem. We have experience treating patients of all ages without needles with a unique and effective combination of acupressure, ear seeds, energy medicine, and bodywork..