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Frequently Asked Questions


What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the practice of inserting very thin needles into specific sites of the body to stimulate or unblock the flow of Qi energy.

Why is Acupuncture effective?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine there are 12 Meridians that irrigate the body. Qi energy flows through these channels and propels blood and nutrients to the various vital organs. This flow of Qi energy can become block or the rhythm disrupted so that certain parts of the body no longer receive the proper blood flow and nourishment, leading to illness. Acupuncture needles are used to remove Qi blockages along the 12 Meridians or increase flow to deficient areas and away from areas of excess. This restores balance in the body and assists in our natural immune responses.

What conditions can be treated by acupuncture?

The NIH and World Health Organization (WHO) have released reports stating the efficacy of Acupuncture in treating many medical conditions. A few common conditions include:

- muscle and joint pain (lower back pain, neck pain, knee pain, sprains, strains, etc.)
- sinus/nasal inflammation and allergies
- Eye conditions
- Gastrointestinal conditions (inflammation of stomache/colon, constipation, etc)
- Headaches, Migraines
- Facial Palsies, post stroke weakness, sciatica
- Infertility and irregular menses
- Anxiety and Depression
- Bronchitus and Asthma
- Alcohol and Drug addiction
- Chronic fatigue

Is Acupuncture safe?

Yes. Acupuncture is very safe when administered by a trained practioner. While needles are being inserted into the body there is no risk of puncturing vital organs when performed properly. All needles used are sterile and disposable. No needle is ever reused.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture is generally considered to be painless and any discomfort is generally mild. Correctly placed needles may induce sensations of minor cramping, heaviness, tingling, or sharpness. These sensations are indicative of restored Qi flow from a static state. Most patients find the experience to be very relaxing and some even fall asleep. However, if you experience extreme discomfort, bring this to the immediate attention of your practioner.

How many treatments will I need?

How a patient responds to treatment will vary based on the health condition in question, medical history, and overall patient health. A single treatment may produce immediate results for acute conditions while chronic conditions may take a series of treatments. Typically results are evident within 3-4 treatments.

What can I expect during an appointment and how long does a session last?

The first treatment will include an evaluation. From there we will establish goals for treatments and a tenative timeline. A typical treatment will consist of approximately 1 hour of acupuncture accompanied by electrical stimulation, heat lamp/moxibustion, and cupping as necessary. There may be occasions where needle insertion is painful or certain sensations are too intense. Inform your practioner immediately for adjustment and feel free to discuss any concerns regarding treatment with your acupuncturist.

Are there any preparations that should be made prior to an appointment?

Be prepared to provide your medical history and current medications for the first treatment. It is advisable to wear comfortable clothing that can be removed easily as you may be asked to dress in a hospital type gown.

How will I feel after a treatment?

Many patients feel relaxed or full of energy after treatment. Again, each patient's reaction will depend on his or her condition and response to treatment.

If I am undergoing Acupuncture treatment regularly, should I discontinue my current medications?

You should not discontinue any medication that you are currently taking. Acupuncture is intended to work in conjunction with Western Medicine and should not be considered as a substitute. In many cases, Acupuncture is also paired with Traditional Chinese Herbs to help regulate your body's internal circulation. If you have any concerns about interfering effects of medication, please consult both your acupuncturist and physician for clarification.

Does Health Insurance cover Acupuncture?

This depends on your insurance carrier as well as the state of residence. Many health insurance companies in California offer programs that cover acupuncture treatment. For further information, please contact your insurance provider. For patients without Acupuncture coverage, we do offer a reduced cash rate.