On Pins and Needles

Dr. Hurtz keeps prescribing meds, but you’re convinced there’s a harmonic hiccup holding back your healing. What do you do?

a) Hunt down your Chinese herbalist/patchouli dealer from college.
b) Self-medicate with Chinese food (moo goo gai pan, spicy egg rolls, a Tsingtao).
c) Trek to Eagle Rock Community Acupuncture Center for a personalized consultation and 30- to 60-minute acupuncture treatment devoted to your well-being.

Though General Tso’s therapy works for hangovers and heartbreak, ERCA is the way to sustainable symmetry.

Run by practitioners Valerie Brown and K.D. Smith, ERCA makes Eastern medicine available to the masses. Sessions take place in a peaceful shared room with about a dozen recliners. (Calming wind chime music is complimentary, as are ear plugs to keep out snoring neighbors.)

The $20-$40 sliding-scale policy (first-timers add a $15 fee) means you can afford to ease your angst and keep a little yin and yang in your checkbook.

Qi whiz!

Eagle Rock Community Acupuncture Center, 2042 Colorado Boulevard, between Maywood and Caspar Avenues, Eagle Rock (323-255-2700 or

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2042 Colorado Blvd
bt Maywood & Caspar Aves
Los Angeles, CA 90041