Dr. Mindy Boxer -Top 3 Reasons Acupuncture is Great for Seniors


As we get older, those aches and pains become a little more pronounced and life begins to create some new challenges. For many seniors, schedules become impacted with doctor’s appointments and trips to the pharmacy. If you haven’t tried Acupuncture, here are three reasons you should give it a try as it can greatly help some of the greatest health challenges facing seniors today.

Pain Relief

Studies have shown that Acupuncture is highly effective at treating chronic pain conditions. For example, Rheumatoid Arthritis is commonly treated with Acupuncture. Of course, the frequency, length and number of treatments will vary depending on the severity of the condition, but Acupuncture has been proven to be a powerful tool in addressing the inflammation common in Arthritis, which then relieves the pain, discomfort, and swelling that often comes with the disease.

Acupuncture has been shown to be highly effective at treating back and neck pain as well as neuropathy pain, particularly for those with Diabetes. Neuropathy impacts the peripheral nerves of the body and for those suffering from it, it feels like a tingling or burning sensation in the legs or arms. Acupuncture helps by promoting nerve conduction.


Another common health challenge for seniors can come with Digestion issues and compromised Nutrition. For some seniors, it’s the result of a lifetime of poor dietary choices and for others, it could be the result of a medical condition or the side effects of a particular medication. Some of the digestive orders helped by Acupuncture include nausea, diarrhea, bloating, vomiting, peptic ulcer, gastritis, constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome and epigastric pain, just to name a few.

As a Functional Nutritionist for over 30 years, I can also be a great resource if you are looking to improve your Nutrition and Dietary habits. There are Herbal Remedies that I can discuss with you to help you address deficiencies or Allergies that could be impacting your diet.

Mental Health

Sadly, many seniors suffer from mental health issues. What’s great about Acupuncture is that it recognizes the body and mind work together, in other words, emotions can have a physiological effect on the body. In channeling the “Qi” or energy, Acupuncture can help seniors relax and live in more of an Emotional balance. Even the Centers for Disease Control acknowledges Acupuncture as a legitimate treatment option for many mental and emotional issues.

Acupuncture can also help seniors who suffer from Insomnia which can also trigger Depression and Anxiety in some seniors. And all without the dangers of becoming addicted to medications or treatment. The scientific literature is full of studies acknowledging how Acupuncture has benefited those suffering from mental health challenges by improving mood and relaxations, which could be tied to a NeuroEndocrine connection.

But these aren’t the only three health areas where Acupuncture can benefit seniors. As more seniors look to taking fewer medications and as they embrace a more integrated approach to their health concerns, Acupuncture continues to rise in popularity. Perhaps your Medicare Supplemental Insurance has an Acupuncture allowance!  Let’s discuss…..

If you suffer from one or more of these issues, make your appointment today and get back to better health!


310. 450. 9711.       info@drmindyboxer.com

Dr. Mindy Boxer is a holistic practitioner who has grown into her specialties in an organic way. Understanding a range of disciplines allows her to integrate the wisdom of Ancient healing in combination with the most recent innovations in Scientific research. This dynamic blend has enabled Dr. Boxer to help patients in the prevention and treatment of disease for over 25 years.
At age 15, Dr. Boxer began her lifelong practice of Yoga & Meditation, read many Nutrition books, began Juicing her Vegetables, and explored and all Raw Diet.  Recognizing the importance of Nutrition in overall health, she earned her Ph.D. in 1986 in Nutrition and Human Behavior, providing her with a solid foundation to counsel and educate patients on how to attain health and vitality.
Her informative Lectures and appetizing Cooking Classes were the perfect forum to educate the community about the effects of food on Mood and Behavior, as well as in innovative ways to balance Body Chemistry in order to achieve overall well being.
Sensing a need to expand her training and understanding of the human body as a whole system, Dr. Boxer continued her studies in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine,  and in 1993 earned a Masters Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine. She is licensed by the Medical Board of the State of California in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine and is also licensed by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.
These diverse disciplines give Dr. Boxer a unique view of the human body and how to keep it functioning in an optimal manner. Her practice of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Functional Nutrition have a profound effect on Hormonal balance, Rejuvenation, and Immune system enhancement.

Dr. Boxer has a particularly keen understanding of Women’s Health issues including Gynecological irregularity, PMS, Fertility, IUI & UVF support, Healthy Pregnancy & Delivery, and Menopausal issues. Her interest in the human body as a dynamic system has given her the understanding to deal with such problems as improper Digestion and elimination, Cancer Support, Allergies, back pain, tight neck and shoulders, carpal tunnel syndrome, respiratory distress, chronic fatigue, Insomnia, Stress, Anxiety and Depression.
She has also studied the art and science of Homeopathy, earning her Diplomate in Homeopathy from the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy in 1995. This allows her to treat the whole person — physically, mentally, emotionally.
Proper Nutrition, Herbs, Acupuncture, and Homeopathic remedies are the tools Dr. Boxer utilizes to allow the body to heal itself and find its way back to balance. She is dedicated to helping her patients find “Radiant Health and Well-Being.”
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