Frequently Asked Questions
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient practice of Traditional Chinese medicine that is believed to have originated in China over 5,000 years ago. It is a preventative therapy medicine based on the theory that energy, called chi, flows through and around your body along pathways called meridians. These meridian pathways create an energy flow that is responsible for overall health. Disruption of energy flow can cause disease and or pain. By stimulating certain areas or "acupoints" along the meridians, energy flow is optimized, thus improving health. These areas are stimulated by fine, single use only, filiform (solid) needles that are sterile and nontoxic, and are to be performed only by a qualified Acupuncture practitioner.
How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system. By stimulating points on the body, the central nervous system releases endorphins (the body's natural pain relieving chemical) and other neurochemicals are released into the muscles, spinal cord and brain, signaling pain relief.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services that is responsible for biomedical and public health research, demonstrates that acupuncture stimulates bone regrowth, regulates blood pressure and increases red and white blood cell count.
What does Acupuncture treat?
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Acupuncture can treat:
Headaches, Migraines, Chemo Pain Support, Arthritis, Sciatica, Disc Problems, Traumatic Injuries, Sports Injuries, Tendinitis, Tennis Elbow, Post-Operative Recovery Pain, Muscle Cramping,
Pain and Weakness in: neck, shoulders, arms, hand, fingers, back, hips, legs, knees, feet
Allergy, Asthma, Sinusitis, Sinus Headache, Tonsillitis, Bronchitis, Colds and Flu's
Increased Efficacy of In-Vitro (IVF), Infertility, Irregular or Painful Menstruation, Amenorrhea, Insufficient Lactation, PMS, Peri-menopause and Menopause Syndrome, Vaginal discharge, PCOS, Endometriosis
Increased Energy and Vitality, Skin Rejuvenation, Enhanced Athletic Performance, Strengthens Immune system
Drugs, Smoking, Alcohol, Food (Weight Loss Support)
Insomnia, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, ADHD/ADD
Crohn's, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Lupus, Meniere's, Fibromyalgia, Hashimoto
Abdominal Pain, Cramping, Bloating, Chronic Diarrhea, Indigestion, Constipation, IBS, SIBO
EYES, EARS, DENTAL:
Poor Vision, Dry Eyes, Red Eyes, Ear Ringing, Ear Infection, Sore Throat, Toothache
Neuralgia, Facial Pain, Post-Operative Pain, Bell's Palsy, Stroke, Parkinson's
Chronic and Acute UTI, Sexual Dysfunction, Frequent Urination, Painful Urination, Prostate
High Cholesterol, Heart Diseases, Hypertension/Hypotension
Management of Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, Thyroidism
How are Acupuncturists educated/trained?
Acupuncturists complete three to four academic years of education, which consists of a minimum of 3,000 hours of theoretical and clinical training at the master's degree level in an Oriental medicine program, accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). ACAOM is the only accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education as the authority for quality education and training in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. In addition to graduation from an ACAOM accredited program, a state licensed acupuncturist or diplomate of Oriental medicine must demonstrate professional competency by passing a state board and or a NCCAOM certification examination in Foundations of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture with Point Location, Chinese Herbology and Biomedicine. Additionally, the California Acupuncture Board require state licensed acupuncturists to maintain their license by completing 50 hours of continued education credit courses (CEU) every 2 years.
How does Acupuncture feel?
Every patient's experience is unique. You may feel tingling, sharp, to heaviness, to warmth, or no sensation upon insertion and it should dissipate within seconds. Should you experience any discomfort, inform the practitioner, and they will adjust the needles accordingly. After the needles are placed, the practitioner may use electric current stimulation, if the treatment required. Needles are usually left in place for approximately 15 to 20 minutes and up to 45 minutes.
What can I expect on my first visit?
Your first comprehensive visit includes a detailed intake of your medical history and evaluation, followed by an acupuncture treatment and or cupping. Follow up visits are 45 mins to 1 hr and include an evaluation on the patient’s progress, followed by the necessary treatment. Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing which allows you to roll sleeves above your elbows & pant legs above your knees.
How many treatments will I need and how often should I come?
The number of visits will vary for each patient and will depend on the severity and nature of the condition. Most conditions generally require an average of 6-12 treatments, although some will respond well within 4-6 treatments. Typically, 2x a week for the first 2-3 weeks, and as long as your symptoms are improving, once a week after that. Once symptoms are gone, treatments can be maintained every 2-3 weeks.
What payments/insurances do you accept?
Cash, check, and credit cards are accepted. We accept both In-Network and Out-of-Network insurances that have Acupuncture benefits. Prior to your first visit, please call the members number on the back of your insurance card to inquire about your acupuncture benefits, or email us with your insurance information and we can inquire for you.