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Acupuncture in Orange County, Acupuncture in Irvine, Acupuncture in Laguna Beach, Acupuncture in Newport Beach, Acupuncture in Costa Mesa



Doctor of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

in Laguna Beach, Orange County

    Acupuncturist Andrew


    Pacific College of Health and Science, Doctorate

    - South Baylo University, Masters

    - Johns Hopkins University, Masters

    - UC Berkeley, Bachelors

    - Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China), Certificate

    - Stanford University, Summer Institute

    - Laguna Beach High School


    - Licensed Acupuncturist, California

    - Diplomate of Acupuncture, National License

    - Reiki Master

    - Certified EFT Practitioner


    - Adaptogen Advantages, Newport Beach Magazine

    "Dr. Andrew", DAc, MS, LAc, Dipl. Ac.

    Upon immigrating to the United States from South Korea, Dr. Andrew could not have anticipated his eventual path as an acupuncturist. Initially, he pursued a master's degree at Johns Hopkins University and dedicated a decade to a medical corporate career. His transformative journey unfolded during a study abroad experience at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, where he discovered his true passion for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This revelation led Dr. Andrew to pursue and complete both a master's and a doctorate in acupuncture, specializing in Chinese herbal medicine.


    In his earlier professional life, Dr. Andrew collaborated with physicians at UC Irvine Medical Center, focusing on researching and acquiring cutting-edge medical devices and technology. This experience, combined with his upbringing with a physician father, provided him with a distinctive perspective on how modern medicine employs technology in treating health conditions. Dr. Andrew sees East Asian Medicine and acupuncture as complementary to Western medicine, addressing gaps in treating conditions lacking effective solutions.


    Dr. Andrew's extensive experience encompasses over 7,000 acupuncture treatments conducted at various clinics and during volunteer work in Mexico. He has honed his skills through the study of advanced acupuncture techniques, herbal medicine, and qigong under esteemed masters. Driven by evidence-based practices tailored to individual conditions, he specializes in achieving immediate and enduring results, particularly in the treatment of pain, stress, infertility, digestive issues, headaches, and challenging chronic conditions.


    A graduate of Laguna Beach High School, Dr. Andrew nurtures his love for travel during his leisure time. Having explored 40 states in the US, his favorite destinations include Sedona, Singapore, Seoul, Krabi, and Osaka.

    "Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind, and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open."

      B.K.S. Iyengar  

    acupuncture for back pain

    Our Services

    Conditions Treated with Acupuncture and Herbs

    • Pain (all kinds)

    • Stress

    • Acid Reflux/ GERD

    • Addiction

    • Anti-Aging

    • Anxiety

    • Arthritis

    • Auto-Immune Sx

    • Back Pain

    • Bells Palsy

    • Brain Fog

    • Carpal Tunnel

    • Coughs

    • Constipation

    • Covid symptoms

    • Cysts

    • Diabetes

    • Digestive Issues

    • Endometriosis

    • Fatigue

    • Fibroids

    • Frozen Shoulder

    • Gout

    • Headache/ Migraines

    • Hemorrhoids

    • Hypertension

    • Hypothyroidism

    • Low Libido

    • Infertility

    • Indigestion

    • Insomnia

    • Kidney Stones

    • Knee Pain

    • Liver Detox

    • Migraines

    • Menopausal Symptoms

    • Menstrual Cramps/PMS

    • Neck Pain/ Tension

    • Neuropathy, CIPN

    • Night Sweats

    • OB/GYN issues

    • PCOS

    • Plantar Fasciitis

    • Postpartum recovery

    • Prostate Enlargement

    • PTSD

    • Recovery after chemo

    • Sciatica

    • Shingles

    • Shoulder Pain

    • Stiff Hands

    • Stroke Rehabilitation

    • Surgery Recovery

    • Tailbone pain

    • Tooth Pain

    • TMJ

    • Tremors

    • Trigeminal Neuralgia

    • Weight loss

    • Wrinkles


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    Acupuncture room design


    Acupuncture: $80

    *Insurance not accepted

    **Discounts available on packages


    Red Light Therapy

    Cosmetic Acupuncture

    Fire Cupping

    Custom Herbal Tea


    South Orange County: $300

    Success Stories

    Infertility and Miscarriage prevention

    A 35-year-old female patient, who had been unsuccessfully trying to conceive for a year and had experienced a previous miscarriage, expressed aversion to needles. As an alternative, I provided her with a personalized herbal decoction. Within a month of starting this custom herbal formula, she successfully became pregnant. After confirming her pregnancy, I adjusted the herbal ingredients to support fetal development and prevent miscarriage. Subsequently, she delivered a healthy baby boy. Delighted with the results, she referred a friend to me, who also achieved pregnancy within a month of using my herbal remedy.

    Additional Notes: With the application of advanced acupuncture techniques and an herbal remedy obtained from a renowned fertility specialist, I've attained a remarkable success rate in helping women achieve conception.

    Infertility - IVF

    A 44-year-old woman visited my office seeking to enhance her prospects for a successful IVF retrieval and transfer, given the slim chances of pregnancy at her age. Acupuncture sessions were administered twice a week both before and during the IVF procedures. Two weeks following the IVF transfer, the patient received the joyful news of her pregnancy.

    Additional Notes: Studies have shown that acupuncture doubles the success rate of IVF births.


    A 46-year-old patient had endured insomnia for more than two decades, frequently waking at 4 AM due to vivid dreams and struggling to return to sleep. Despite trying various sleep medications, they experienced ineffective results and unwanted side effects. Turning to me as a final option, the patient sought acupuncture treatment.

    Just one day after the acupuncture session, the patient reached out to express gratitude for experiencing the best sleep in years. Continuing with weekly acupuncture sessions for maintenance, the patient has noted enhancements in sleep quality, mood, and energy levels throughout the day.

    Additional Notes: I frequently receive feedback from my patients, who often report experiencing enhanced sleep quality and a greater sense of calmness since starting acupuncture treatments.


    Amenorrhea, Delayed or Missed period

    A 28-year-old patient experienced a four-month absence of menstruation, causing increased anxiety despite normal medical examinations and absence of pregnancy. The patient received acupuncture treatment along with a personalized herbal formula. Just three days following the treatment, menstruation resumed. Continuing weekly acupuncture sessions has since normalized the patient's menstrual cycle and reduced PMS symptoms and cramps.

    Additional Notes: Multiple studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of acupuncture in regulating the menstrual cycle and relieving symptoms of PMS. Specific acupuncture points have been identified to swiftly alleviate cramping pain.

    Frozen shoulder & Shoulder Pain

    A 65-year-old male caregiver had been suffering from a chronic frozen shoulder due to years of lifting patients. He had been unable to raise his left arm above shoulder level for several years, experiencing sharp pain with movement.

    Following the insertion of a single needle, the patient was astonished to find that he could immediately raise his previously immobile arm above his head effortlessly, regaining full range of motion in his shoulder. Additionally, he noted a significant decrease in shoulder pain. Upon my suggestion, the patient underwent several more acupuncture sessions to achieve complete recovery.

    Additional Notes: I have a passion for treating shoulder pain and frozen shoulder due to the rapid and tangible results I can achieve. It's gratifying to see elite athletes who visit my clinic often surprised by the swift and measurable improvements they experience.

    Sciatica, Hip Pain, Back Pain

    A 72-year-old patient had been grappling with sciatica, hip pain, and back pain for over two years, severely limiting his daily activities due to the excruciating discomfort. Despite seeking treatment from other therapists, he found relief to be minimal and short-lived.

    Following the initial acupuncture session, the patient experienced moderate pain relief for a day. I conveyed to him that given the severity and chronic nature of his condition, a minimum of 10 treatments would likely be necessary to alleviate or manage the pain effectively. Additionally, I prescribed a personalized herbal formula to bolster his body and enhance blood circulation to expedite healing at the injured site. With each passing week, his pain steadily diminished. After a month of undergoing two acupuncture treatments per week, the patient's condition had significantly improved to the extent that he could engage in activities he had previously been unable to enjoy. By the end of three months of treatment, the patient was completely pain-free. He continues to receive acupuncture twice a month for maintenance and to address other aspects of his health.

    Additional Notes: Back pain and sciatica are prevalent clinical conditions. I have successfully treated hundreds of cases like these with excellent outcomes.

    Total Knee Replacement and Post Surgery Recovery

    A patient sought pain management following a total knee replacement. Due to the presence of stitches and bandages, acupuncture needles were strategically placed away from the affected area. Acupuncture sessions were administered twice a week over the course of a month, alongside biweekly physical therapy sessions. The patient's physical therapist expressed amazement, stating that in 40 years of practice, he had never witnessed such rapid recovery from total knee replacement surgery.

    Additional Notes: Acupuncture proves highly effective in aiding post-surgical recovery. I've treated numerous patients who underwent total knee replacements, hip replacements, and suffered from broken bones, all without directly targeting the injured site with acupuncture needles.


    Elevated Liver Enzyme and Liver Detox

    Elevated liver enzyme levels were detected in a patient's blood test, suggesting possible liver damage. Both the patient and the doctor were perplexed, as the patient maintained a healthy lifestyle and lacked any known risk factors for liver damage. Despite this, the patient's liver enzyme levels continued to rise each month. Seeking an alternative approach, the patient visited me for assistance.

    I recommended my personalized herbal formula designed to detoxify the liver. After two months of adhering to the herbal regimen, follow-up blood tests revealed that the patient's liver enzyme levels had normalized, indicating successful treatment.

    Additional Notes: In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver is believed to be susceptible to damage from stress and anger. Acupuncture and herbal medicine offer highly effective solutions for mitigating the adverse effects of stress and balancing liver function.

    High Blood Pressure

    A 62-year-old patient expressed concern about her elevated blood pressure resulting from a traumatic event. Due to the patient residing out of state, I shipped my personalized herbal formula designed to reduce blood pressure. Within a short period of taking the herbs, the patient reported a normalization of her blood pressure levels.

    Additional Notes: I offer a highly effective herbal formula that naturally lowers high blood pressure without any adverse effects.

    Constipation and Hemorrhoids

    A 45-year-old female patient experienced chronic constipation and recurring hemorrhoids, despite having undergone previous surgery for hemorrhoids. The new hemorrhoid caused significant pain and discomfort. I recommended a personalized herbal formula for the patient. Within a week of diligently taking the herbs each day, the patient noted substantial improvement in both constipation and hemorrhoids, achieving regular bowel movements.

    Additional Notes: Although acupuncture can address hemorrhoids, I've observed that my personalized herbal formula is more efficacious in treating constipation and hemorrhoids.

    Migraine and Headache

    A female patient endured the most severe migraines she had ever experienced, unresponsive to conventional medications. Struggling with daily migraines, she was unable to venture outside to seek treatment. To accommodate her, I shipped a personalized herbal tea to her home. Within three days of starting the tea, the intensity and frequency of her migraines significantly diminished. After a week of herbal treatment, she returned to her normal state with only occasional minor headaches. To ward off future migraines during stressful times, she continues to use the custom herbal tea.

    Additional Notes: As someone who has experienced migraines firsthand, I understand the agonizing pain and debilitating effects they entail. Medications often prove ineffective or carry unwanted side effects. However, acupuncture and herbal remedies offer highly effective solutions for alleviating the frequency and severity of migraines and headaches.

    Broken bone, Osteopenia, Healthy Bone

    A novice golfer with a fractured collarbone sought acupuncture to accelerate the healing process. Following the insertion of three needles, the patient was astonished to feel blood circulation increasing in the broken collarbone and to experience a sensation as if the bone had returned to its pre-fractured state. Over the course of six additional treatments and the administration of my personalized herbal remedies within three weeks, the patient discontinued pain medication usage. Rapid bone healing ensued, enabling the patient to resume playing golf with pleasure.

    Additional Notes: Acupuncture and herbal remedies are highly efficient in expediting recovery following surgeries and trauma. Employing advanced distal needling techniques, I ensure that acupuncture needles are strategically placed away from the injured site.

    TMJ, Teeth Pain, and Sore Mouth

    Following a significant dental procedure, a patient experienced severe TMJ and mouth soreness persisting for over two weeks, with no relief from conventional methods. Shortly after acupuncture treatment, the patient noted a significant relaxation in her jaw and neck muscles, and the pain dissipated. She continues to visit me whenever she experiences TMJ due to stress or dental procedures.

    Additional Notes: I have a lot of experience treating TMJ effectively. 


    Menopausal symptoms - Hot flashes, Night sweats

    A 51-year-old patient experienced severe hot flashes and night sweats, disrupting her sleep and causing daytime fatigue. After just two days of using my personalized herbal remedy, her symptoms vanished entirely. She continues to take the herbal supplement as a preventative measure against the recurrence of hot flashes and night sweats, enjoying uninterrupted sleep as a result.

    Additional Notes: Hot flashes and night sweats are prevalent among menopausal women. Acupuncture and herbal remedies offer highly effective treatments for menopausal symptoms.

    Obesity, Sugar cravings, Diabetes, Weight Loss

    A patient, overweight and diabetic, sought assistance in managing her appetite and shedding weight. She struggled with intense sugar cravings, resulting in overeating and late-night snacking. After receiving a personalized herbal formula, her sugar cravings notably diminished. She has since been consistently losing 1-2 pounds per week and has reported a decrease in her blood sugar levels.

    Additional Notes: Combining acupuncture and herbal remedies can alleviate eating disorders and facilitate weight loss. Additionally, my personalized herbal formulas prove effective in regulating glucose levels. The success of my weight loss acupuncture protocol is evident as many patients note reduced snacking habits and subsequent natural weight loss.

    Bells Palsy and Trigeminal Neuralgia

    A patient had paralysis on one side of her face after getting bells palsy 3 months ago. Due to the paralysis, patient was unable to close one eye or smile. During the first acupuncture treatment, patient regained her ability to close her eye completely. The patient received 10 treatments over the course of 2 months and made a complete recovery. 

    Additional Notes: I have treated many patients with bells palsy and trigeminal neuralgia effectively. 

    Neuropathy, Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN)

    A patient from another state reached out based on a recommendation from a friend. She had developed chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy following multiple rounds of chemotherapy. Due to her location, we conducted a complimentary virtual consultation, enabling me to identify the cause of her neuropathy. I then sent her three bottles of my personalized herbal decoction. Within a month of starting the herbal decoction, the patient's neuropathy had completely resolved.

    Additional Notes: Neuropathy can have diverse origins, spanning from simple to complex conditions that may require prolonged treatment. However, through my utilization of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, I have consistently achieved notable success rates in effectively treating neuropathy.

    COVID-19 symptoms - Loss of Smell

    Following a loss of taste and smell due to contracting COVID-19, a patient underwent treatment involving acupuncture and herbal medicine. Within two days of starting the herbal medicine, the patient experienced a 50% recovery in both senses. After a month of consistent treatment, the patient fully regained their sense of taste and smell, enabling the patient to enjoy food once more.

    Additional Notes: The combination of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture proves highly effective in addressing a range of long-term COVID-19 symptoms.

    Vertigo, Dizziness, BPPV

    A patient suffered from vertigo for over 2 months and found little relief from the Epley maneuvers. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine were given to the patient for 3 weeks by which the vertigo had completely resolved. 

    “Dr. Andrew was amazing… knowledgeable, professional and definitely has healing abilities. I left feeling more relaxed than I have felt in years"

    Joey, CA

    "Dr. Andrew was so gentle and professional. Already recommended to two of my friends. THANK YOU!!"

    Donna, CA

    “I had my doubts but I'm a believer now! Went in for elbow pain. Less pain now and will continue with recommended sessions.”

    Jay, CA


    Q: Where are you located? 

    A:  Beyond Acupuncture is located at Laguna Beach in Orange County, California. We provide service for acupuncture in Irvine, acupuncture in Newport Beach, acupuncture in Dana Point, and acupuncture in Laguna Niguel. 

    Please park in the parking garage at 501 Glenneyre Street and look for the medical office of Robert J. French, MD, which is next to the Gelato Paradiso shop.  

    Q: Do you take insurance? 

    A:  We do not accept insurance, but despite our cash fee potentially being slightly higher than your insurance copay, you'll discover that Dr. Andrew's treatments offer personalized care and outstanding value. Additionally, we offer discounts for multiple sessions.

    Q: How does acupuncture work? 

    A: Acupuncture operates through numerous pathways, backed by extensive research and evidence validating its therapeutic advantages. In essence, acupuncture enhances blood circulation, diminishes inflammation, triggers the release of pain- and stress-relieving hormones like endorphins and enkephalins, and optimizes the body's self-healing capabilities. A proficient acupuncturist employs acupuncture needles to recalibrate the brain, resetting the autonomic nervous system and harnessing the body's innate internal resources to alleviate pain and facilitate healing.

    Q: How can acupuncture and herbal medicine benefit me? 

    A: Acupuncture and herbal medicine effectively address pain, stress, and a spectrum of internal disorders, encompassing digestive issues, hypertension, menstrual cramps, menopausal symptoms, fibroids, prostate enlargement, infertility, and autoimmune disorders, among others. These modalities frequently restore natural bodily functions, often reducing reliance on surgeries and pharmaceuticals with potential side effects. Patients commonly report enhancements in sleep quality, immunity, energy levels, mental clarity, and mood as well.

    Q: Is acupuncture a placebo therapy? 

    A: The placebo effect is present in all branches of medicine. Numerous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of acupuncture and herbal medicine in managing pain, stress, infertility, and a range of health issues. Compelling evidence supporting acupuncture also originates from studies conducted on animals, where the placebo effect is not applicable due to their unawareness of acupuncture treatment. Remarkably, some of the most compelling testimonials I've received regarding acupuncture's effectiveness have come from my veterinarian patients, who have witnessed its miraculous effects on animals.

    Q: Does acupuncture hurt? 

    A: Typically, you won't feel the needle at all, and if you do, it's usually just a brief pinch that quickly fades. At Beyond Acupuncture, we exclusively utilize top-quality, ultra-thin needles sourced from Japan and South Korea. These needles are meticulously sterile and disposed of after each use.

    Q: What if I am afraid of acupuncture needles? 

    A: If acupuncture isn't your preference, we offer herbal medicine prescriptions for various health conditions. In some cases, herbal medicine proves more effective than acupuncture. Additionally, we utilize tuning forks, red light therapy, and cupping to treat a variety of conditions. 

    Q: How many acupuncture sessions will I need?

    A: This will vary based on several factors. Acute conditions typically necessitate a few treatments, while chronic conditions may demand a more extended treatment regimen. As an effective preventive medicine, acupuncture is recommended once or twice a week for stress management, relaxation, and overall health maintenance.

    Q: How should I dress for my acupuncture session?

    A: Please wear loose clothing if possible. In most cases, we will insert needles on the legs, so please avoid wearing jeans. If you are a female with neck or back pain, please wear a tank top or tube top if possible. 

    Also, please avoid drinking caffeine before an acupuncture appointment. 


    Laguna Beach

    265 Laguna Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

    Please park at 501 Glenneyre St. and look for Gelato Paradiso.

    Call/Text: 949-204-0620

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