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Shaheed K. Abdullah, L.Ac. DNBAO is a Orthopedic Acupuncture Sports Medicine Specialist that comes highly recommended by Top San Diego Neurology and Pain Physicians.

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago.

The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques. The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with solid, extremely fine, stainless steel filiform needles.

Acupuncture Works

Tiny hair thin needles inserted in specific points on the body stimulate muscles fibers that engage the peripheral nervous system to increase production of stress hormones and pain killing endorphins.

There have been many studies on acupuncture’s potential usefulness and results have emerged showing efficacy of acupuncture for many more conditions then just pain.

Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine treatments have shown effective benefits related to:


Does Acupuncture Hurt?

The biggest question we get with regard to acupuncture is the famous ‘Does it hurt?’ The short answer is, no, not as much as you probably think.

What do we mean by that? Well, when the majority of people hear the word ‘needle’ they immediately make an association with a hypodermic needle and getting a ‘shot’ at a doctor visit.

The problem with that is two fold 1) hypodermic needles are a heavier gauge (thickness) than acupuncture needles 2) the real pain involved with getting a shot is not from the needle penetrating the skin but from the actual injection of the liquid into the body.

The discomfort you might feel when an acupuncture is tapped into position is not nearly as bad as a single hair being pulled out. In fact, the majority of the time the you won’t even feel the needle penetrate at all.


Does My Health Insurance Cover Acupuncture?

We accept all insurance plans that cover acupuncture, give us a call at 858-467-9893 or simply take a picture of the front and back of your insurance card and email it to us along with your date of birth to to verify coverage and co pays for treatment. 

Check out Provider page for Self Pay Discounted Treatment Rates. 

We will call to verify your insurance coverage and contact you within 24 hours in most cases. So go ahead and  click on the “Book Now”  to see our online schedule in real time for availability or to book your first appointment.

Here are just a few of the insurance companies we are currently contracted with that cover acupuncture benefits:

ASHP/Kaiser Permanente
Anthem/Blue Cross of California
Blue Shield of California
Optum Health / Cal Schools VEBA
United Healthcare


Does Workers Compensation Cover Acupuncture?

California Labor Code Section 4600 specifically mandates that employers must provide injured workers with appropriate treatment including acupuncture, if needed, according to ACOEM guidelines.

Let us do the work for you, we are on most MPN’s and will be happy to contact your primary treating physician or workers compensation insurance adjuster for pre-authorization to start acupuncture treatment ASAP.



What Next?     

Make an appointment! As the saying goes ‘you won’t know unless you try’. If you are looking for a New Acupuncturist or trying Acupuncture in San Diego for the first time you will be happy you chose Healing Arts Health Center.

We look forward to being apart of your healing process!!

Reviews from around the Web


I was referred here by my Kaiser Neurology Specialist because she thought I should try out cupping & acupuncture for my chronic neck/back pain & headaches/migraines. I did not hestitate, so as soon as I could, I went online & scheduled an appt (super easy) a week after, I was at the Healing Arts Health Center & I don’t regret it. Immediately upon walking in, I was pleasantly greeted by Shaheed who was with another patient at the time. Emily, who was at the front counter was extremely friendly and helpful which was very nice because it helped ease my anxiety about coming in.

I was at my first visit for a couple hours, I had acu. & cupping done, but I didn’t feel rushed out of there even though it got busy pretty fast after I arrived.  Shaheed took his time to help me & I truly appreciate that. He listened & showed genuine concern & made it a point to make sure I felt better. I arrived w/pain in my head, mostly in my temple area & within minutes of the acupuncture,it was gone! Meds don’t even do that for me, so that was pretty unbelievable.

The rolling cupping was also very therapeutic for my back & neck, I really needed that relief and would like to continue if I could because of all the tension I have. I wish I could do this every day! I will be coming back for sure for more healing. Thank you to Shaheed & the Healing Arts Health Center Staff.

C. N. 1/26/2017

If in doubt, just try it out. Can change your life!

“Ok, so if you have never tried acupuncture before and you have pain that will not go away, this is the place for you. The Healing Arts Center is ran in a professional manner with the utmost respect and care for their patients. I had paid relief the vey first time I received treatment. Nearly any ailment you have, Shaheed has a way to help you, come in and see him; you wont regret it!”

Jody K. 10/26/2015

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So first off let me say I'm terrified of needles, and I actually allowed Shaheed to work on me. If it wasn't for his good natured disposition and the ability to make me feel comfortable we probably wouldn't of made it past the first treatment.

Thank goodness I did, Shaheed is very good at what he does and he focuses on overall wellness as well as specific areas that need to be address.

I suffer from back pain and headaches due to a biking accident.

Acupuncture has been the only thing that has helped control my headaches. it also has helped to balance my metabolism and mood which is a nice bonus.

- Jennifer I.


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It is the frist time I have acupuncture. I was nervous at first but they answered all my questions and were very nice. I felt relaxed as soon as I walked in the office. The atmosphere in the office is great. Acupuncture is really working for me. I highly recommended.

His office has the right atmosphere. He is very professional. The procedures seem to be working. The numbness and tingeling seems to be going away slowly. After each visit I feel more relaxed. I know that only 5 visits will not be enough, But it seems to be working. The best part about Acupuncture is you dont feel the needles and it realy relaxes me. I hope to have more visits and alow the procedure to work to its fullest.

Edward H

Office Info


5222 Balboa Ave., Suite 43
San Diego, CA 92117


Office: 858-467-9893 | Fax: 888-218-9041

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Monday - Thursday 9AM - 6PM; Friday & Every Other Saturday 9AM - 2PM | Serving San Diego County


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