Dr. Mindy Boxer – Treating Sciatica Pain with Acupuncture


Anyone who has suffered from Sciatic Nerve pain can tell you it can be a very debilitating condition. It is typically caused by an impingement of the Sciatic Nerve in the lower back but the pain is actually felt radiating down the leg and in the buttock. There are several potential causes of Sciatic pain including:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Pregnancy
  • Herniated lumbar disc (also known as a slipped disc)

Acupuncture is one of the most gentle and effective treatment options. Traditional medicine may prescribe medication to deal with the pain caused by Sciatica but Acupuncture is a drug-free option that treats the issue and not just the symptom.

Types of Sciatic Pain

Those suffering from Sciatic pain often describe it as impacting just one side of the body and causing pain in the leg or buttocks that worsens when sitting; burning, tingling, or sometimes searing pain down the leg; weakness or numbness with difficulty moving the leg or the foot; or shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand.

What Acupuncture Does

I will insert small needles into specific points on your body to trigger a response from your Nervous System which tells your body to release those helpful Endorphins, increase blood flow to the impacted area, and relax surrounding muscles.

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Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are focused on restoring balance to the body so I may use either local or distal needling. Some practitioners might focus on Acupuncture points on the inside of the calf or ankle or along the wrist or forearm area. I will go over your complete health history and determine the best course of action to deal with your pain.

Relieving the Pain

I also might suggest massaging specific Acupressure points that can help to alleviate the pressure on that nerve. By applying gentle and circular pressure to the points, practitioners can achieve relaxation of the muscles and an easing of the pain.

Common Acupressure points that might be addressed are UB23, also known as kidney tonifying point for lower back pain, which reduces muscle tension. Gallbladder 30 also helps to treat Lower Back Pain and release tension throughout the hips and legs (which is often where the pain is most acute) and it can help boost overall circulation. Acupressure point UB40 addresses all major pain sensations along the spine. This point is also useful in treating stiffness, muscle spasms, knee stiffness, and arthritis. And finally UB62 can help to release Lumbar tension and ease Anxiety associated with Sciatic Nerve pain.

While Acupuncture cannot heal the structural issues causing the Sciatic pain, it is a safe and effective option to help manage the pain by increasing blood flow to the area and relaxing the lumbar muscles. Research also points to Acupuncture being an effective pain management option for sciatica.

I also might prescribe specific herbs for addressing your Sciatic pain, along with needling and Acupressure massage. Each patient is different so no two treatments will be the same and I will work with you to determine the best number of total treatments as well as frequency.

Don’t spend another day with Sciatic pain. Call me and make an appointment today!     310. 450. 9711.


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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.


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