Optimize your Health and Wellness in Orange, California

Optimize your Health and Wellness in Orange, California Health and wellness is the parlance of Southern California. But better than all those kale smoothies and pilates, even better than sunrise yoga and the keto diet, are the services that Greg Maruki Acupuncture offers. Let us tell you more about alternative medicine and what it can do for your wellbeing.

What is alternative medicine?

Also known as “integrative” or “complementary” medicine, alternative medicine is a term used to refer to medical treatments that are different from traditional or mainstream methods.

Alternative medicine is extremely popular, with more than half of the adult population in the United States reporting use of some form of alternative medicine. As with all treatments, alternative medicine has different rates of success, especially when you break it down by category. This blog post will specifically cover acupuncture and cupping therapy.


Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of alternative medicine in the book. Its origins can be traced back to ancient civilizations across modern-day Egypt, China, and a few other places.

The practice consists of inserting thin needles into targeted muscle areas for the purpose of increasing blood flow. As blood flow increases, this ushers in more oxygen flow throughout the body, which can have tremendously positive impacts on the body.

Contrary to common misconceptions, acupuncture is not painful and does not scar. It can be used to treat many conditions, including anxiety, insomnia, strokes, and chronic pain, just to list a few.


Like acupuncture, cupping is another form of alternative medicine. But unlike acupuncture, it involves suction cups instead of needles.

During a cupping session, a practitioner will heat up the suction cups before placing them on your skin, which will similarly increase blood and oxygen flow.

Cupping is great for many ailments, including the following: blood disorders, migraines, varicose veins, and high blood pressure, among others. One thing to note, however, is that cupping works best in conjunction with other therapies.


Everyone responds to treatment differently. Some patients report improvements after just one session, while for others, their symptoms don’t start alleviating until a couple of appointments. Our team of professionals will assess your needs to help you decide on a treatment plan that works for you –– be it acupuncture, cupping therapy, or a combination of both. Our office is located in Orange, California, and we see clients from all surrounding areas. Give us a call today: 714-532-2827.

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