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Dr. Laurie Binder LAC RNCNP Doctor of Acupuncture RILB

Dr. Laurie Binder LAc RNCNP Doctor of Acupuncture RILB

What Can Los Angeles Acupuncture Do For Me?

What Is Acupuncture?

At Los Angeles Acupuncture and Wellness, Dr. Laurie Binder provides Acupuncture, an ancient system of complementary medicine that involves stimulation of various points on the body (referred to as acu-points) with tiny sterile needles. Acupuncture can be used to harmonize the body for optimum health, improve fertility, alleviate pain and treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions. Originating in China thousands of years ago, acupuncture is now widely practiced in the West. Doctor Binder blends Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and her extensive background in Western medicine as a Certified Nurse Practitioner. Doctor Laurie Binder provides the best and highest standard of health care for her patients, combining the ancient wisdom of acupuncture with modern medical science for total, whole body care.


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"I was not an "alternative medicine" kind of person, so I've been VERY pleasantly surprised at the effectiveness of Laurie's acupuncture treatments. "

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Treatments and Services

Los Angeles Acupuncture Fertility Treatment

New! Enhance Your Fertility With Dr. Laurie Binder's Acupressure For Fertilty DVD

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Acupressure for Fertility DVD by Dr Laurie Binder

Introducing the DVD that combines the use of Fertility Acupressure points with information on nutrition and lifestyle to increase your fertility

The information on the DVD includes:

  • How to locate and stimulate the acu-points
  • How to modify your diet and lifestyle to boost your fertility
  • How to identify Your Optimal Fertile Time
  • How to use relaxation and breathing techniques to reduce stress and enhance fertility

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Acupuncture for Fertility

Fertility Acupuncture Treatments To Achieve Pregnancy

Acupuncture and oriental medicines have been used for thousands of years in order to increase the fertility and promote reproductive health in women. Records show that these methods were first used for fertility by Zhang Zhong Jing around the first century. He was known in the Han Dynasty for his medical work on treating disease in women. Acupuncture and oriental medicine practitioners are taught that the health of a person depends entirely on - Read More...

Natural Fertility and Childbirth

Pregnancy is a truly miraculous time in a woman's life. Nurturing a growing life brings with it so many dreams, anticipations and exciting firsts. It can also bring a lot of questions when it comes to how an expectant mother wants to experience childbirth and the entire delivery process. - Read More...

Infertility/adjunct to Western fertility treatments including IVF

A German study reported in 2002 showed that Women who were already in the process of in vitro fertilization or IVF, had an increased chance by sixty-five percent of getting pregnant when acupuncture was combined with this assisted reproductive therapy (ART) procedure. Acupuncture done in conjunction with the IVF procedure can increase blood flow to the uterus upon embryo transfer. It also reduces stress which is a known deterrent to the success of IVF. Acupuncture leading up to IVF can increase response to medication while reducing side effects. Read More...

Pregnancy and PostPartum Care

Choosing Acupuncture for Support Throughout Your Pregnancy

When a woman first discovers that she is pregnant - a wave of mixed emotions overcomes her. Excitement, anticipation and fear are all in the mix when thinking about how much her life is about to change. One of the first, and most important, things she will have to consider is prenatal care so both mom and baby can be as healthy and happy as possible. Read More...


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Women's Health

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Women's Natural Health

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for Womens Health

Acupuncture can relieve menstrual cramps during the menses itself. With regular treatments leading up to the period, the pain can be avoided completely. Acupuncture successfully treats the following women's health issues: dysmenorrhea, irregular menstruation - irregular menstrual cycles, amenorrhea, perimenopause, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, endometriosis and more. Read More...

Acupuncture for PMS

Nearly 85 percent of women experience one or more symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), including loss of sleep, headache, hot flashes, skin blemishes, back and muscle aches, mood swings and decreased concentration. Many women try numerous therapies, both pharmaceutical and natural. However, studies show acupuncture for PMS works to relieve the symptoms. Consider the details of the research - Read More...

Acupuncture for Menopause

Menopause. It's a word that can create anxiety for many women, and confusion for even more. What is menopause? How does it affect a woman's well-being and what can be done to help alleviate the aggravating symptoms and changes that occur? At Los Angeles Acupuncture and Wellness, Dr. Laurie Binder works to both help educate and treat women through all phases of their lives, including during menopause. Read More...


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Pain Relief

Acupuncture for Pain Relief

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Back Pain

Lots of people who have back pain say they've tried everything -- heating pads, medication, stretches -- and that nothing has helped.

One thing they have not have considered: Acupuncture for Back Pain. Read More...


Migraines, as well as any other disease or condition, are caused by a disturbance in our life energy, also known as Qi. Migraines are typically caused by the stagnation of energies in the body. In the case of migraines, this stagnation is constitutional, thus likely to recur on a frequent basis. Acupuncture can be used to correct this imbalance to prevent recurrences and stop active migraines. Read More...


How can acupuncture be applied to help relieve sciatica? Here at Los Angeles Acupuncture and Wellness, we use traditional Chinese medicine in addition to acupuncture to give you a comprehensive treatment approach. Read More...


This includes acute and chronic pain in other parts of the body like muscles, tendons, joints and bones. Acupuncture and TCM can be used to relieve pain caused by trauma, postural issues, repetitive motions and overuse. Examples include neck pain, shoulder pain, frozen shoulder, wrist, hip knee pain, sports injuries, work related injuries and more. Read More...

Abdominal Pain Digestion

Over thirty percent of the United States' population is affected by a type of digestive condition. These conditions can be problems such as acid reflux, food poisoning, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, Crohn's disease, diarrhea, or ulcerative colitis. Thirty percent was figured only based on people who visit the physician's office due to a digestive problem, which means there could be thousands of unreported cases. Gastrointestinal problems are not usually cured with standard medications, but effectively treated with oriental medicine and acupuncture. Read More...


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Stress Relief



At one time or another, most of us experience stress. Feeling stress is a healthy response to events in our lives that are beyond our control. The stress response stems from the physical "fight or flight" syndrome that all animals experience when in dangerous or life-threatening situations. If the stress is quickly resolved, we are able to recover from it without affecting our physical well-being. If the stress is chronic there can be many harmful physical effects. Acupuncture has been relieving stress for centuries. A new study published in the Journal of Endocrinology shows that...  Read More


Anxiety may occur with long-term or chronic stressful situations. Chronic overthinking, over worrying, or racing thoughts can lead to a panic disorder or anxiety attack. Similar to stress reactions, they can cause physical symptoms that over time can create imbalance and ultimately disease. There are several acupuncture points that quiet the mind and calm the Shen. These points work immediately, and can have a calming effect for several days.  Read More...


Insomnia is defined as trouble either falling asleep or staying asleep. Episodes of insomnia may come and go. An occasional loss of night of sleep can be tolerated, but when the insomnia is chronic, physical symptoms may occur. Your mood may be affected, or you may feel irritable or anxious. Insomnia may be caused by stress, traumatic events, or physical changes such as menopause. Acupuncture and TCM will identify the underlying issue, and rebalance the body for a good nights sleep. Read More...


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Acupuncture For Natural Health

Weight Loss and Appetite Control

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Anne, before 260 lbs

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Anne, after 137lbs

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Wellness, Balance, Lifestyle Enhancement including Nutritional and Herbal Therapy

Weight Loss

Weight loss can be achieved when acupuncture is combined with the proper nutritional protocol. There are many reasons that losing weight can be difficult, and Chinese medicine addresses many of these issues. The treatment protocol is twice a week for six weeks, and then weekly until the goal is achieved. Herbal therapy can be combined with the acupuncture and nutritional counseling. Losing 1/2 pound to 2 pounds a week can be expected. Read More...

Digestion and Gastrointestinal Problems

Over thirty percent of the United States' population is affected by a type of digestive condition. These conditions can be problems such as acid reflux, food poisoning, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, Crohn's disease, diarrhea, or ulcerative colitis. Gastrointestinal problems are not usually cured with standard medications, but effectively treated with oriental medicine and acupuncture.  Read More...


Nutrition is an essential part of Traditional Chinese medical treatment. In order to correct the imbalances in the body we must evaluate nutrition. Often patients feel they are "eating healthy" because they are taking in fresh vegetables, grains, legumes, and lean protein. One must eat according to your individual Chinese medical diagnosis. There are certain foods that may not be appropriate for those with certain Chinese medical diagnoses. Food is a first step in Chinese medicine. Once the proper diet is followed, substantial health gains will be appreciated.  Read More...

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Chinese Herbal Therapy

Along with having acupuncture treatments and following an appropriate diet, an additional step in achieving balance may include taking specific Chinese herbs. As with diet, Herbal therapy makes the acupuncture more powerful. Herbal therapy has been used for thousands of years and there are many classic formulas and individual herbs that work well for patients in today's world. - Read More...

Quit Smoking

Acupuncture has been used to help fight addiction of all kinds. This includes quitting smoking. Acupuncture helps with addiction in many ways. It calms the mind, reduces irritability, and quells cravings by draining toxins from the body. Oriental medicine and acupuncture has proven a high degree of success in helping cigarette smokers to quit. Acupuncture can alleviate withdrawal symptoms like moodiness, restlessness, and jitters. Treatments will also make the body feel more relaxed during the withdrawal process. A study by the University of Oslo has found that...  Read More...


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Why Los Angeles Acupuncture?

accupressure for childbirth dvd

Introducing the DVD that combines the use of acupressure points and organized breathing techniques for a better childbirth experience, for the baby, mother and her labor partner.


With this quick and simple guide you will:

  • Learn simple Acupressure techniques that anyone can learn and practice
  • Maintain a healthy pregnancy
  • Stimulate and promote labor
  • Calm the mother
  • Increase comfort
  • Involve the birth partner
  • Know when to go to the hospital

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Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have been successfully practiced in the Orient for over 2500 years. Though relatively new to the US, acupuncture has been the mainstay of medical care in the Far East and commonly used in Europe. Acupuncture is now respected and referrals to acupuncturists are frequently made by many health care practitioners as an effective treatment for many maladies.

Laurie has been a featured guest on the following television channels and shows as a health expert:

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The Other Half on NBC

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