Acupuncture for Pain — A Proven Treatment Approach

There is a vast body of research evidence supporting the use of acupuncture for pain, both acute and chronic. Some of the most common reasons patient seek acupuncture care are low back pain, headaches, migraines, sports injuries, carpal tunnel, TMJ and neck and shoulder pain.

Acupuncture focuses on the underlying cause rather than masking symptoms temporarily. Using the twelve meridians to balance the body’s restorative Qi, acupuncture and Chinese medicine return the body to its natural equilibrium. It facilitates healing by reducing inflammation and swelling, speeding up the healing process, increasing necessary blood flow to the affected area, and providing both immediate and long-term pain relief. In addition, the free and harmonious flow of Qi translates into a feeling of well-being and vitality of the body, mind, and spirit.

At Lokahi, our holistic approach to treating pain may integrate acupuncture, cupping, massage, electrical stimulation, gua sha, dietary changes, and herbal medicine. We are pleased to announce that we now also offer neuromuscular massage therapy with our expert therapist, Marty Howard. This specialized massage can effectively treat a variety of musculoskeletal issues and complement your acupuncture treatments, providing targeted relief and supporting your journey to wellness.

Contact us to set up a free consultation with one of our practitioners to learn about how Lokahi can help you with your pain.

Our Approach

  • Effective

    Our approach integrates many evidence-based and traditional therapies such as acupuncture, cupping, massage, electrical stimulation, gua sha, dietary changes and herbal medicine. Our knowledgeable team of professionals has years of experience helping people address chronic pain conditions and acute injuries.

  • Individualized Care

    Our goal is to help our patients achieve swift and successful results. We use a comprehensive assessment process to create an individualized treatment plan that is tailored specifically for each patient’s needs.

  • Safe

    We take safety seriously and ensure that treatments are individualized to each patient’s needs and goals. We use the latest tools and technologies to provide safe care that promotes healing and long-term relief from pain.

How Does Acupuncture Help With Pain?

The use of acupuncture for pain can be effective in the management of acute and chronic pain as well as sports injuries. It works by reducing inflammation and swelling, increasing necessary blood flow to the affected area, and facilitating healing. Due to its success, acupuncture has become an evidence-based approach to pain management.

  • Reduce Chronic Pain

    Our holistic approach helps reduce chronic pain from migraine headaches, jaw pain or TMJ, neck or back pain, nerve pain including numbness, tingling or shooting sensations, tendonitis, fibromyalgia or arthritis.

  • Accelerate Healing

    Our treatments can help your body heal faster while reducing associated pain from fractures, strains, sprains and other traumatic injuries as well as postoperative pain.

  • Quality Care

    With our experienced team of professionals you can expect a comprehensive assessment process as well as quality care that supports your healing journey in a safe environment customized just for you!


After an acupuncture session, people often report feeling relaxed and refreshed. Many patients describe a sense of improved wellbeing, with a decrease in pain levels that can remain even weeks after the treatment. Patients may also experience immediate relief from stress and anxiety, and have an overall feeling of improved physical and mental health.


Studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of using acupuncture for pain. Acupuncture has been found to reduce inflammation and noticeably relieve pain, with many patients experiencing long-lasting healing benefits. Research also shows that acupuncture can be used as a preventative measure to help manage chronic pain over time:

  • A systematic review in 2016 conducted by the Acupuncture Trial Register showed that acupuncture was effective in treating chronic pain conditions.
  • The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health has acknowledged that acupuncture is an effective treatment for chronic pain, including musculoskeletal pain, back and neck pain, headaches and migraines.
  • A study published in 2019 found that acupuncture reduced inflammation, improved function and reduced anxiety levels for patients with osteoarthritis.
  • Research conducted in 2017 showed that electroacupuncture – a form of acupuncture combining electrical stimulation with traditional manual needle insertion – effectively relieved lower back pain.
  • A 2020 study demonstrated that manual and electroacupuncture both provided relief from arthritic knee joint pain.
  • Migraines
    Jaw pain or TMJ
    ● Neck and back pain
    ● Nerve pain, including numbness, tingling and shooting sensations
    ● Fractures, strains, sprains, bruises and other traumatic injuries
    ● Tendonitis
    ● Helping broken bones heal and reducing associated pain
    ● Post-operative pain
    ● Joint pain and arthritis
    ● Sore muscles, fibromyalgia
    ● Acute and chronic pain
    ● Nerve conditions such as sciatica, carpal tunnel, and neuropathy 

Our Team

At Lokahi Acupuncture, Joon (JB) Kim, L. Ac., Smriti Shamapant, L. Ac.,  Melissa Gelin, L. Ac. and neuro-muscular massage therapist Marty Howard bring decades of board-certified expertise in East Asian Medicine to create deeply tailored treatment plans. These collaborative plans utilize acupuncture combined with other modalities like herbs, diet change and lifestyle shifts for a comprehensive approach to address any pain condition – delivering the best of traditional Eastern practices alongside modern evidence-based treatments. With more than 30 years’ collective experience between them, you can feel assured that your needs will be met here!

If you would like to schedule an appointment or are interested in a free consultation, please follow this link.

I’ve had many opportunities to have acupuncture here and in China.  It’s been my experience that to have good results, you need to find someone really good, who knows what they’re doing! In the south bay area, I have not found anyone better than Lokahi acupuncturists!!

K. D.

My experience at Lokahi has helped build a sense of confidence in myself that I can manage my condition and continue to live a very rewarding and pain free life.  If you’re contemplating acupuncture services, I highly recommend Ann Marie, and Lokahi in general, as I’m certain everyone who works there is just as wonderful given the reviews I read.

K. S.

I got to see Cara and she first explained the procedure in great detail and after many questions, put together a good plan. While I was nervous, it faded away quickly and I also started to feel the impact very fast. My first session was a great success (sciatic never pain for me). The entire office is very friendly and warm, clean with a calming atmosphere.

B. A.

Finding JB was the best accident. He’s help me figure out how to care for my pain, but even better the source of my pain! The rest of the team is very personable and welcoming. And I really appreciate the cleanliness and happy plants that live there too.

B. A.

I have been a client for a few years and have worked with a number of practitioners. Everyone is awesome at Lokahi. You can not go wrong by choosing anyone. I have referred friends and family and highly recommend this acupuncture group.

L. K.

I went back to Lokahi this weekend and was having terrible right shoulder pain, tenderness, stiffness. I had my session with Susannah amd she recommended trying cupping therapy which I have never tried on myself, but had heard of it. Let me tell you!!! My pain, tenderness and stiffness improved 90% after my first session!!

E. M.

I have been working with JB for my chronic migraines and they have significantly decreased over time. It is also just nice to be seen and taken care of seriously for migraines. I am always excited when it is time for my appointment, even when I do have a migraine that day for I know that JB will make it much less painful.

S. B.

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