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While acupuncture is the gold standard for treating pain, in the hands of our well-trained doctors, it has many broader applications in solving complex cases including autoimmune diseases, hormone imbalances, infertility and nervous system disorders.

An initial consultation with one of our board-certified specialists, Dr. Shivali Panchal or Dr. Dimitri Gruer, is required to evaluate your case to determine if you’re a good candidate for Acupuncture at OC Vitality.

Acupuncture Benefits

Getting to the root of your symptoms

The human body is a beautifully designed interconnected system. There are points throughout our bodies that act as a pathway to rebalance the body’s energy flows and return it to a healthy state of being. Below are some of the ways acupuncture works.

I want to treat my fertility challenges hormone imbalances aches & pains immune system digestive problems neuropathy fibromyalgia autoimmune Issues

At OC Vitality, our compassionate and skilled integrative doctors will meet with you and offer a personalized treatment plan to help you reach your health goals.

Fertility Challenges

  • PCOS
  • Irregular periods
  • Endometriosis
  • Blocked fallopian tubes
  • Frequent miscarriages
  • Sperm health

Hormone Imbalances

  • Anxiety & depression
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Fatigue & low libido
  • Acne & skin rashes
  • Thyroid diseases
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Painful periods
  • Hair loss
  • Hot flashes
  • Insomnia

Aches & Pains

  • Low back pain & sciatica
  • Neck & shoulder pain
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Post-herpetic neuralgia
  • TMJ
  • Arthritis
  • Knee pain
  • Heel pain & plantar fasciitis
  • Sports injuries

Immune System

  • Post-viral syndrome
  • Allergies & sinus infections
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Seasonal infections
  • Chronic UTI
  • Chemotherapy side effects
  • Recurrent cold & flu
  • COPD
  • Shingles

Digestive Problems

  • Constipation
  • IBS
  • SIBO
  • GERD
  • Leaky gut
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Food sensitivities
  • Gallstones
  • Diverticulitis
  • Gas & bloating


  • Numbness
  • Burning
  • Tingling
  • Sharp & shooting pain
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch
  • Loss of balance
  • Restless leg


  • Widespread muscle pain
  • Joint aches
  • Headaches
  • Brain fog
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Tired & wired
  • IBS
  • Anxiety & depression
  • Insomnia
  • 18 trigger points


  • Hashimoto’s
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • CRPS & RSD
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Lupus

What To Expect

What To Expect

What To Expect

What To Expect

What To Expect

Common Questions Regarding Acupuncture

Am I A Candidate For Acupuncture And Integrative Medicine?

This form of evidence-based medicine has been clinically proven to help with a variety of conditions, especially those that have been long-standing. As primary care physicians, we are trained to effectively assess when we can help a condition or if a case needs to be referred to other specialists, such as chiropractors, physical therapists, oncologists, clinical psychologists, etc.

How Many Visits Will I Need?

Each case is individually evaluated to determine the best treatment plan. The more severe or chronic the case, the more treatments it will take to reach the desired goal. As with any type of therapy, deviating away from the treatment plan often leads to a delayed healing response; therefore, it is extremely important to reserve the time and continue the consistent care to optimize vitality.

For patients that come in for preventative care or have reached their level of optimal vitality, it is highly encouraged to schedule monthly maintenance visits, aka tune-ups, to help keep the body strong and vibrant.

We strive to improve the quality of life for each and every patient we see.

How Should I Prepare For My First Visit?

  1. Set aside time before and after your appointment.
  2. Bring a list of all your current medications and supplements or upload the list into your Patient Portal.
  3. Eat a snack or small meal 30-minutes to an hour before your appointment.
  4. Avoid caffeinated beverages before your appointment, as stimulants may trigger your fight-or-flight response.
  5. Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing or bring a change of clothing for your treatment.
  6. Complete the Covid-19 Clearance Form prior to your visit and arrive at your scheduled time.

Is This Procedure Painful?

No; however, it is typical to feel sensations, such as warmth, a quick pinch or heaviness, indicating that the brain and body are actively communicating with each other. Most patients experience deep relaxation and may even take a mini-nap feeling refreshed afterwards.

If I’m Scheduled For Surgery, Should I Come In Before Or After?

Typically, the answer is both.

Our pre-operative care focuses on strengthening the immune system, eliminating pain, and enhancing circulation.

Our post-surgical care focuses on reducing scar formation, adhesions, boosting recovery time and providing functional support to get back to a robust life.

Do You Take Insurance?

As of December 1, 2020, both Dr. Shivali Panchal Gruer and Dr. Dimitri Gruer are out-of-network providers. The office accepts FSA and HSA wellness cards and offers superbills for direct reimbursement for plans that provide out-of-network acupuncture coverage. Insurance companies only cover a limited number of visits and conditions without focusing on optimal corrective care.

What Is A Healing Crisis?

For a small percentage of new patients that are suffering from chronic ailments, autoimmune conditions or stress-related syndromes, the body may undergo a temporary worsening of symptoms for a 12-24 hour period known as a healing crisis. A healing crisis is a form of an intense shift of toxic burden and a nervous system reset (similar to the effects of a new workout). In this situation, the body will feel significant relief within a day or two.

While Acupuncture is one of our offerings, our doctors will meet with you and evaluate your specific needs to determine if you are a candidate for our services. Then, a customized treatment plan will be tailored specifically for you. The majority of the time, treatment plans draw from all of our services to give you the best comprehensive care and get you the results you desire in the most expeditious way.

Welcome To A New Era Of Vitality

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Our Location

24361 El Toro Road
Suite 105
Laguna Woods, CA 92637

Our Hours
10am - 2pm
10am - 3:30pm
11am - 4pm
10am - 2:30pm

* Clinic hours subject to change