Michael Apelian

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

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 30 years. L.Ac. represents 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

Consultation by Telephone


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 acupuncture stimulates a sluggish metabolism.  My acupuncture treatment for weight loss includes a dietary plan people can stay with.

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: XNKQ (Xing Nao Kai Qiang) therapy following a stroke is effective for post-stroke rehabilitation.  XNKQ protocol has a high rate of success.  Dr. Shi Xue Min developed XNKQ therapy in 1972.  Two million patients have been treated worldwide.  XNKQ is also appropriate for symptoms associated with impaired cognition or dementia.  XNKQ is effective in the treatment of the symptoms of senile dementia.   A patient’s treatment with XNKQ therapy following a stroke has been chronicled in the movie “9000 needles”.

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 Face lift (Facial Rejuvenation): I have used and taught this technique in class for 25 years. A handbook I wrote is included in 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.  My treatment protocol combines acupuncture with Chinese Medicinal herbs that have been shown to increase athletic performance and endurance.

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.

Common Symptoms: Click here for a list of symptoms I often treat with Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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 and give acupuncture demonstrations for small groups and parties. Contact me to learn how an acupuncturist can make your next party a healthy and happy event!