Santa Monica Acupuncture Therapy Center

Welcome to the Acupuncture Therapy Center in Santa Monica!

My name is Dr. Michael Apelian, L.Ac., O.M.D.  I have been practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in Santa Monica for 26 years.  L.Ac. stands for Licensed Acupuncturist.  This is the license given by the State of California to individuals engaged in the primary care medical practice of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.  O.M.D. (Doctorate of Oriental Medicine) is a graduate degree,  similar to a PhD, given for additional study after being licensed.

I love my work because I enjoy helping people feel better.

An acupuncturist does more than acupuncture to help people feel better.  The medical services I offer include:


Chinese Medicinal Herbs

Nutritional Medicine

Nutritional Supplements

Laboratory Tests

Acupressure and Physical Medicine

Exercise Instruction

House Calls (Restrictions Apply)

Acupuncture Treatment For:

Pain: the most common reason patients have acupuncture.  Pain can occur anywhere, everywhere: sometimes anywhere and everywhere in the body:

Fatigue: another common symptom patients see an acupuncturist for.  Acupuncture in combination with Chinese Medicinal herbs or Nutritional Supplements can relieve this symptom.

Acupuncture for Weight Loss: Many patients are looking for the effect acupuncture has in curbing the appetite, and how it can stimulate a sluggish nervous system.

Acupuncture for Constipation: Acupuncture helps with maintaining regularity of intestinal function.  This is the reason acupuncture also helps to relieve the pain and symptoms of Irritable Bowel Disease (IBS).

Acupuncture following a Stroke: Acupuncture can help the rehabilitation following a stroke to be more effective. My experience working with patients has shown me how to work with the movement a patient has to accentuate it.  Eating and speech impairments can also be treated.

Acupuncture to Enhance Fertility in Couples: Acupuncture is combined with other techniques.  Appropriate laboratory tests are reviewed, or can be ordered.  I combine the Traditional techniques of Chinese medicine with modern western science to enhance the natural fertility in the man and the woman in a couple.

Acupuncture Facelift: or Facial Rejuvenation, I have used this techniques for 25 years and taught the technique in class.  I wrote a handbook that is given to patients who have a ten treatment series.  The Handbook of Facial Rejuvenation describes the points that are stimulated to continue the rejuvenation process at home.  The technique takes about ten minutes and is suitable for daily use.

Acupuncture for Athletes: Athletes use acupuncture to recover from sports injuries and to increase their athletic performance,  giving themselves a competitive edge

Acupuncture in Preparation for  Surgery: Acupuncture treatment is used prior to a surgical procedure to make the recovery process quicker and smoother.  Acupuncture following surgery will speed the healing process.

Acupuncture for Immune System Deficiency: Some people are always catching a cold.  They get over one cold and catch another.  Acupuncture can break this cycle.  Traditional Chinese Medicine recognizes the Immune System,  named “Wei Chi”, and has treatment protocols for strengthening it.

Would you like a Speaker? I am a Certified Instructor of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Contact me to attend one of my local seminars or classes.  I am available to speak with and give acupuncture demonstrations for small groups and parties.  Call me to learn how an acupuncturist can make your next party a healthy and happy event!

Dr. Michael Apelian, L.Ac., O.M.D.

Acupuncture Therapy Center

2118 Wilshire Blvd., #781

Santa Monica, CA  90403