The word "acupuncture" is derived from two Latin words: "acus" which means 'needle' and "punctura" which means 'to penetrate'. Thus, the literal translation of the word "acupuncture" is: 'to penetrate with a needle'.

The more detailed meaning of acupuncture is the skillful placement of fine needles in specific acu-points throughout the body. This stimulus directs the body to reduce pain and realign functional and bioenergetic imbalances. The acupuncturist may choose to use electrical devices and/or heat therapy in conjunction with the needles to enhance the therapeutic effect.

Acupressure and oriental massage techniques employ the same theoretical principles as does acupuncture, but use finger pressure and soft tissue manipulation instead of needles.

Acupuncture treats a wide variety of disorders

Acupuncture originated in China over 3,000 years ago and is now practiced worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) lists over forty diseases that acupuncture can treat effectively. The following is a partial list including, but not limited to, the most common ailments.

All Types of Pain
  • TMJ
  • Headache
  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Knee Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Sciatica
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Other Nerve-related Pain
Accident and Work-related Injuries
  • Muscle Inflammation and Pain
  • Inflammation of Discs in the Neck and Back
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Repetitive Motion Syndrome
Sports Injuries
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Adjuctive Therapy for Broken Bones
  • Joint Swellings
General Health Disorders
Respiratory System
  • Common Cold
  • Allergy and Sinus Conditions
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
Pediatric Disorders
  • Chronic and Acute Ear, Nose and Throat Infections
  • Colic
  • Diarrhea
  • Allergies and Asthma
Gastrointestinal Systems
  • Ulcers
  • Colitis
  • Diarrhea
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Poor Digestion
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Abnormal Urination
  • Low Sex Drive
  • Sexual Dysfunction
Emotional Disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress Levels
  • Insomnia
Cardiovascular System
  • Angina Pain
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Poor Circulation
Endocrine System
  • Hypo & Hyperthyroid Problems
  • Diabetes
Women's Disorders
  • Infertility/Menstrual Irregularities
  • Painful Menstruation
  • Pre-menstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Discomfort During Pregnancy
  • Perimenopausal and Menopausal Issues

Acu-Care's founder, Kimberly Hoover, utilizes Japanese and Chinese acupuncture styles. She uses advanced diagnostic methods and is considered a specialist in pulse diagnosis. Many insurance companies including some HMO's are including coverage for acupuncture treatments. For a free brochure and/or information regarding your insurance, please call Acu-Care Health Centers at 619.282.8068 or 619.470.4714.

Acu-Care Health Centers has two convenient locations to serve you:
  1. Our Central San Diego office is located in the Normal Heights business district at 2852 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116.
    Call 619.282.8068 to set up an appointment. Click here for a map and directions.
  2. Our South Bay (Bonita) office is located two miles east of 805, near Otay Lakes Road, at 4514 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA 91902.
    Call 619.470.4714 to set up an appointment. Click here for a map and directions.