Tsubakiyama Acupuncture Clinic

Japanese style Acupuncture in Santa Monica for pain management
and general health.

About Tsubakiyama Acupuncture Clinic

At Tsubakiyama Acupuncture in Santa Monica, we do Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Massage (Shiatsu, foot therapeutic point) and Cupping. Our most commonly treated conditions are Sports Injuries, Low Back Pain, Sciatica, Neck Pain, TMJ, Shoulder Pain, Elbow Pain, Wrist Pain, Hip Pain, Knee Pain. After a consultation with Dr. Kiyo Tsubakiyama, we will recommend the best services for your condition and goals.


Dr Kiyo performing Japanese style acupuncture


Stimulates locations in the body with fine needles to promote the body's self healing homeostatic processes. Cupping available upon request. Local suction is created on the skin with the application of glass cups. This practice automatically stimulates the nerve system to make the energy more balanced and improve the body's own healing power.


Practice that involves burning moxa, a cone or stick made of ground mugwort leaves, on or near your body's meridians and acupuncture points.

Moxibustion at Dr. Kiyos Santa Monica clinic
Shiatsu massage at Tsubakiyama Acupuncture Clinic


Shiatsu foot and therapeutic points. Loosen, stretch and rehabilitate injured muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints.

Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine is prescribed, from over 250 classical formulas with hundreds of herbs, based on each individual’s conditions and underlying cause of conditions. It is based on over 2,000 years of medical experience and is considered safe and effective when prescribed by a licensed Acupuncturist/Herbalist.

Dr. Kiyo in his Santa Monica Acupuncture Office


Acupuncture FAQs

We use both Chinese needles and Japanese needles.

Japanese needle is very minute and you most likely won’t feel anything. Our patients often ask, “Did you poke already!?” The body tends to be insensitive when you don’t feel well, so you feel almost no pain.

You may feel something, however it is a flow or existence of air, and not pain.

These days, the effect of Acupuncture is evaluated very high and many insurance companies cover Acupuncture. We will check the coverage for you. Please call us.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are very effective against pain. Also, they work on autonomic imbalance, dizziness, buzzing in the ears, high blood pressure, gastrointestinal sickness, constipation, diarrhea, frequent urination, etc.

Dr. Kiyo doing japanese acupuncture
Dr. Kiyo at his Acupuncture Clinic in Santa Monica
Front Desk of Tsubakiyama Acupuncture in Santa Monica

Dr. Tsubakiyama

“Surgery”, said the doctor when Kiyohide’s grandfather injured his back. But Grandpa Tsubakiyama went to an acupuncturist instead. In just five treatments he was back on his boat, catching yellowtail, tuna, and flying fish.

His sixteen-year-old grandson was fascinated and decided to make acupuncture his life’s work.

So Kiyohide became an apprentice in Tokyo, where he studied acupuncture, bone setting, and massage. He then won a scholarship to China, the birthplace of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Visit Dr. Kiyo Tsubakiyama’s Acupuncture in Santa Monica and discover how his passion for acupuncture can help to restore your health too!

Dr. Kiyo Tsubakiyama, Japanese Acupuncturist in Santa Monica

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