It is best to arrive at least 15 minutes early so that you have ample
time to fill out all the required paperwork. You will also be able to
relax and settle in before meeting the Acupuncturist. You will then meet
the Acupuncturist and enjoy an initial consultation which includes an
interactive questionnaire and a body systems check. We follow this with a
complete Tongue, Pulse and Facial diagnosis and combine it with any
orthopedic exams necessary for a comprehensive assessment regarding your
current state of health.
What should I expect during my consultation?
The initial consultation will involve the patient telling the
Acupuncturist about the problem for which they are seeking treatment. The
Acupuncturist will then ask them a few questions and the patient will have
an opportunity to have any of their questions answered as well. The
Acupuncturist will then perform a tongue and pulse diagnosis, a facial
diagnosis, any necessary orthopedic exams and a blood pressure check. The
Acupuncturist will then discuss the treatment options with the patient and
recommend a plan of action to resolve the health issues in the most
comfortable manner possible.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Most patients find the treatment to be pleasurable, rejuvenating and
deeply relaxing. The needles are very thin and so cause minimal discomfort
when they enter the body. Many feel nothing and those who are sensitive
only feel a slight prick. Once the needles are in place one might feel
heaviness and deep relaxation spread throughout your body. Many patients
fall asleep. Don’t worry. It is natural to be a little nervous. You will
soon find that all your worries have been cleared away.
How thick are the needles?
The needles are very thin. An Acupuncturist uses filiform (thread like)
needles that could fit inside the hypodermic needles commonly used for
injections. They can be compared to thickness of body hair.
How deep do the Acupuncture needles go?
For most conditions we prefer to use shallow insertion. The depth of the
insertion however, will vary according to the selection of points being
used. Our needles are not placed near any vital structures and It is
important to know that the acupuncture needles do not cut the skin.
Depending on the patients comfort levels, individual body type, the
condition being treated and the treatment method being selected, we
accommodate the style and depth of needle insertion.
Are Acupuncture needles reused?
No we never reuse any needles in our practice. This is illegal in the
state of California. For safety reasons, we dispose the used needles
immediately after each treatment. As a further precaution, we use only
sterile stainless steel needles that individually packaged and strictly
regulated by the FDA.
Who will be performing the treatments?
At our clinic, only licensed practitioners of Oriental Medicine perform
Acupuncture. In California, a licensed Acupuncturist must earn a Masters
level degree and pass a stringent State board Examination before they are
allowed to practice. They must also continually update their knowledge and
skills to maintain good standing with the board.
How effective is Acupuncture?
Millions of people have used Acupuncture for thousands of years in
countries such as China, Korea and Japan. Unlike Western Medicine which
has a reductionist treatment approach, Acupuncture is a part of Oriental
Medicine that takes a holistic patient centered view to treating the
problems faced by the body. Although more studies and research needs to be
done on why Acupuncture works there have been many reported cases of
patients experiencing great benefit through regular sessions.
How long will it take before I feel better?
The body has its own natural healing process that takes time. Acupuncture
works to accelerate this process but it often requires multiple treatments
before lasting results are achieved. Nonetheless Acupuncture can also give
you immediate relief from pain and other discomforts. It really works on a
case by case basis. General consensus is that with continued treatments,
acupuncture does provide true, long term relief.
How often do I need to come in for treatment?
This really depends on the individual and the condition that is being
treated. One might enjoy instantaneous betterment while some may require
more consistent treatments for more serious conditions. When starting off
most patients choose to receive consistent treatments as often as
possible, for this method is widely accepted as the best way to reinforce
the beneficial effects of each previous treatment. In our experience it
has a domino effect of providing effective long lasting change and can
initiate a wonderful shift toward overall betterment. We slowly taper off
the treatments and eventually one might choose to enjoy a body tune up
once a month.
How does Acupuncture work?
In spite of a great deal of excellent
research designed to answer this question, as yet there are no good,
clear, simple answers available. There are, however, a variety of theories
that attempt to explain the mechanism of acupuncture. Pain is the area in
which most research has been completed, and therefore most of the theories
about the mechanism of acupuncture are related to the use of acupuncture
in diseases of pain.
The life energy flowing through the body which is termed Qi (pronounced
chee) can be influenced and balanced by stimulating specific points on the
body. These points are located along channels of energy known as meridians
that connect all of our major organs. According to Chinese medical theory,
illness arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes
unbalanced or is blocked.
Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system to increase the
activity of pain-killing endorphins and immune system cells at specific
points on the body. Brain chemistry and the release of neurotransmitters
are altered, gently nudging the body to heal itself.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes we accept insurance!
Yes we do accept insurance. More and more insurance companies are now
covering acupuncture as a medical therapy. Specifically, We are providers
on numerous insurance panels (Kaiser Permanente, Anthem blue cross, Health
Net, Cigna, United Healthcare, Easy Choice, Auto accident, Worker's comp,
We are happy to check your benefits and discover what your policy
specifically covers, what your deductible is, how much if any is left on
your deductible to meet before your benefits begin, what your co-pay is
and how many visits/ year you are allowed.
usually get this checked while you receive your first treatment. Or if you
would rather call us and provide the necessary information we can inform
you of the details by phone prior to your first visit. Either way it is
easy for you to get the answers you need about your policy and our
If you have any questions about this or any other topic, always feel
welcome to call us at 562-944-0099, or Contact Us
on the website.