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How Can Acupuncture Help Treat Pain and Many Other Ailments?

Therapeutica, 24548 Hawthorne Blvd. Torrance, CA 90505

8/1/16 Dr. Sal

Acupuncture first originated in China more than 2,000 years ago, and has gained popularity in the United States in over the past 40 years.

As reported by the Huffington Post on Monday, August 1, 2016, while acupuncture is not a cure-all treatment, it provides as a drug-free option for relieving different types of pain such as osteoarthritis, low back pain, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, carpel tunnel syndrome, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, postoperative pain and many more. Also, there have been studies that support acupuncture’s helpfulness in treating depression, digestive disorders, and menopause symptoms like hot flashes.

Commonly Asked Questions:

1. How or why acupuncture works?

It is not fully understood how or why acupuncture works, but it is based on the traditional Eastern theory that vital energy flows through pathways in the body, and when any of these pathways get blocked, pain and illness result. Thus, acupuncture clears the pathways to restore health. However, today, most U.S. medical doctors tend to believe that acupuncture works because it stimulates the nerves causing the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkiller hormones. It is also shown to increase blood circulation, decrease inflammation, and stimulate the immune system.

2. The needles, does it hurt?

An acupuncture treatment is nothing like getting a shot or blood drawn. In fact, it is quite relaxing. The needles are sterile and disposable, and as thin as a cat’s whisker. The number of needles used for each treatment can vary from a few, up to a dozen or more. And the location where the needles are actually stuck depends on the condition being treated.

You may feel a brief, sharp sensation when the needle is inserted, but generally it is not painful. The needles are typically inserted about one-quarter to an inch deep, and are left in place for about 20 minutes. The needles may sometimes be twirled or manipulated, or stimulated with electricity or heat. Once the needle is in place, one may feel a tingling sensation, numbness, mild pressure or warmth.

3. How many treatments are needed?

The number of treatments depends on the severity of the condition. Most licensed acupuncturist advice 12 treatments to be done weekly or biweekly.




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What you should know about Sciatica


What is Sciatica? /By Dr. Sal

Sciatica is when there is pain that originates in the lower back or buttock that travels to one or both legs.  Sciatica is mostly caused by sciatic nerve compression.  Sciatic nerve pain usually stems for disc herniation (bulged discs) explains Dr. Sal

205159Because most individuals spend too much time sitting, the spinal discs endure a lot of compression and stress  and over time the discs can rupture and bulge out. Dr. Sal recommends Regular micro breaks and at work and   regular stretches to alleviate some of that tension in the lower back and hips.



  • Pain in the rear or leg that is worse when sitting
  • Burning or tingling down the leg
  • Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg or foot
  • A constant pain on one side of the rear
  • A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up


There are  different ways to treat sciatica; here at Therapeutica some of the techniques we use include:

  • Spinal decompression
  • Ultrasound- gentle heat created by sound waves that penetrates deep into tissues. Ultrasound increases circulation and helps to reduce muscle spasms, cramping, swelling, stiffness, and pain.
  • Core exercises
  • Specific manual therapy

Recommended Diet By Dr. Sal

Published By Dr. Sal, Therapeutica Torrance



  • The key to good health is balance. The Mediterranean diet is a good model for that. Although it may vary slightly depending upon your condition and background.
  • Remember, you do need fat in your diet. Many hormones are made from cholesterol for example Estrogen, progesterone, and Testosterone among many. The key again is to consume it in moderation
  • Stay away from processed foods! The body does not know what to do with it. For example you’re better off consuming a regular soda than a diet one because the chemicals added to it are ultimately more harmful than the alternative. Just don’t consume it much…
  • lastly, Exercise regularly, 3-4 time a week. It does not have to be an intensive workout every time. Walk regularly. Next time you go to your local market or shopping centre, park further away from the entrance and walk.
  • When you pay a visit to your doctor take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • It all adds up and makes a difference at the end!


How to Strengthen Your Immune System


At Therapeutica, Dr. Sal stresses the importance of maintenance and prevention through the use of natural treatments, such as acupuncture, chiropractic, and nutrition.

Allergy season is amongst us yet again and you may find yourself with itchy eyes, congested sinuses, runny nose, a cough, and everything in between!

At Therapeutica, we can help assist patients suffering with allergies with the use of Acupuncture. Acupuncture has been proven to help relieve the pain and unblock certain points on the sinuses. Acupuncture has also been proven to help boost the immune system by increasing the white blood cells in the body and moderating the immune system allowing it to react swiftly and strongly to threats.

One way to combat these symptoms and boost your immunity is through your diet. Eating a colorful array of fruits and vegetables packed with the necessary vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants is the best way to go. For instance, Bromelain, found in pineapple, has been found to reduce swelling of the nasal cavity and thinning of the mucus to help inhalation easier. Vitamin C, found in citrus fruits like lemon and oranges also help boost the immune system. Local honey (which can be found at your local farmers market) is also an excellent remedy when combating flu-like symptoms because the honey harvested comes from bees that pollinate in your specific area, making you become immune to the pollen that is flying around.

Besides nutrition, another way to help strengthen the immune system is getting regular sleep and exercise. By exercising, you can help your body get rid of all the harmful toxins that may be lingering in the body through sweat.76402bb85ab97fa5006a330acd83ce30

Aromatherapy can also be used with scents such as Eucalyptus, Menthol, or Lavender to help open up the nasal and throat cavities as well as help calm and relax your nervous system.




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Make sure you include some of these Mediterranean cuisine staples in your own diet.

Mediterranean cuisine is not only one of the most flavorful diets in the world, but—thanks to a wealth of delicious, fresh ingredients—it’s also one of the healthiest. Make sure you include some of these staples in your own diet:

Bright red tomatoes get their color from an antioxidant called lycopene. Research has linked diets abundant in tomatoes to lower cancer rates. Refrigeration diminishes their flavor, so store fresh tomatoes at room temperature.

Research shows drinking moderate amounts of alcohol (such as red or white wine) with a meal can help lower your risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.

Arugula, mustard greens, and other leafy greens are great sources of fiber and antioxidant vitamins, such as beta-carotene and vitamin C. Mediterranean cuisines feature leafy greens in many ways, from simple salads to the quintessential Greek spinach pie spanakopita.

Whole-wheat pasta has a lower glycemic index (or GI) than “white” pasta. This is key for anyone at risk of diabetes, since low GI foods keep blood-sugar levels from spiking. With either pasta, including vegetables and unsaturated fats (like olive oil) also lowers a meal’s GI.

Most Mediterranean cuisines serve fruit for dessert, from figs stuffed with mascarpone to strawberries and mangoes in sweet wine. Low in calories, fruit is high in fiber, vitamins A and C, and essential minerals such as potassium and magnesium.
A source of lean protein, fish is also plentiful in omega-3s. These fats protect against abnormal heart rhythms and reduce inflammation, which may help runners recover faster. Fish that are rich in omega-3s include salmon, mackerel, herring, tuna, sardines, and lake trout.

Whether dried or canned, beans provide a generous amount of fiber and plant-based protein, making them a healthy alternative to meat in everything from soups to casseroles. The classic Italian dish pasta fagioli combines beans and pomodoro sauce.

In addition to abundant fiber and antioxidant vitamins, broccoli and its cruciferous cousins—including cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts—contain cancer-fighting substances called isothiocyanates.

Red, yellow, green, and even chocolate-colored, sweet peppers add a painter’s palette of colors to meals—along with a healthy dose of vitamins A and C. Roasting or grilling intensifies their flavor and gives them a creamy texture.

Garlic helps keep total cholesterol and blood pressure down. Different varieties taste different, so experiment to find ones you like. Store garlic away from heat and sunlight to prevent it from sprouting.