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Robert I. Jeffrey, D.C., L.Ac.
11611 San Vicente Blvd. Suite 605
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Phone: (310) 826-5151
Fax: (310) 826-9152
What Is It?
Acupuncture is a holistic approach to healing with roots that date back over 2,500 years. In China,
acupuncture is an integral part of their health care system and is used in conjunction with allopathic
medicine. The goal of the acupuncturist is to bring the "Chi" or "life force" of their patient into balance
by stimulating the body. This is accomplished by the use of one or more of the following: acupuncture
needles, moxabustion (a form of heat therapy), cupping, tui na (Chinese massage), diet and lifestyle
recommendations and raw herbs or herbal formulas.
How Does It Work?
The theory of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) allows that the human body has a natural rhythm
and flow of Chi through channels called meridians. There are 14 main meridians, 8 extra ordinary
meridians and hundreds of acupuncture points. When there is a disruption to the flow or rhythm of a
person's Chi, the disease process begins to show its effects. The causes of the disruption are many and
usually complex in their origins. The categories of where these disruptions come from are physical,
mental, chemical and spiritual sources. Dr. Jeffrey will work with you to bring your Chi back into
What To Expect?
The first visit will involve filling out a through patient intake form, consultation, examination that may
involve taking your pulse, palpating (feeling) for ashi (tender) points, looking at the tongue and the
Dr. Jeffrey uses disposable thin needles for your comfort. You will rest with the needles in for about 20
minutes to allow the treatment to accomplish its balancing of the body's energy. The number of
treatments will vary depending on the type of problem, severity and your health. Usually you are seen
one to two times a week until the problem is resolved. In most cases you can expect noticeable
improvement no later than the third treatment. The number of treatments usually required to resolve
most cases are from three to twelve treatments.
The sensations felt from the needles depend on the points used and vary from person to person. The
most common sensations are one of the following: dull, achy, tingling, electrical, sharp, and warmth.
Most patients find the treatment very relaxing and some actually fall into a deep sleep during the
The most common cases that come into the clinic for acupuncture are pain related such as neck pain, low
back pain, sciatica, nerve related pain and musculoskeletal injuries. Dr. Jeffrey has successfully treated
his patients for migraines, sinusitis, allergies, common cold and flu, menstrual problems and nausea
Acupuncture can be very effective for pregnant women experiencing extreme nausea (hyperemesis
gravidarum). In some cases this condition can be so severe that expecting mothers have to be
hospitalized. Dr. Jeffrey has great success with his patients that are pregnant and experiencing nausea.