Does acupuncture hurt?

Most patients experience little to no pain at insertions points. Sensations may be described as warm, tingly, pressure, achy or nothing at all. The experience is designed to be very relaxing and many patients are so comfortable they fall asleep.

How many treatments will I need?

A series of treatments is required to achieve substantial lasting results. The number of treatments is dependent on many factors, most importantly the history of the condition and your level of health. The longer a condition or symptom has been present the more treatments are typically needed. As a general rule, I start treatments once per week and taper back as the body heals and maintains improvement. Typical cases see results around 6-8 treatments, while more complex conditions may take 12 or more. Your personal treatment plan will be discussed after your initial appointment. It is highly recommended after achieving results to come in once a month for a “tune up” or “maintenance” appointment to keep to you at your best.

What can I expect at my visit?

Your first visit will start with a detailed health history and physical exam including taking your pulse and looking at your tongue.Then I will administer treatment best suited for your condition. When you are comfortable and settled, you will get to relax and enjoy for about 15-20 minutes. During following appointments we will discuss any changes in your health, adjust accordingly and gradually increase your relaxation time up to what is appropriate for you.

How should I prepare for treatment?

Please fill out initial paperwork before your appointment (which will be emailed to you) so I will have time to review it, or arrive 20 minutes early to your appointment to allow time to finish paperwork and keep your scheduled time. Also, please bring any pertinent information, such as current medications, supplement, report of findings etc.
Please wear loose fitting clothing so that acupuncture points are accessible and you will remain comfortable. Sheets are available if needed.

Eat a light meal or snack at least 2 hours before treatment and stay well hydrated.

Lastly, please refrain from brushing or scraping your tongue the morning of treatment (the tongue and it’s coating is an important diagnostic tool)

Are there any contraindications?

Yes, according to the World Health Organization please be advised:

  • Acupuncture and herbal therapy is contraindicated in an emergency. First aid should be applied and seek emergency medical attention.
  • Acupuncture should not be used to replace a necessary surgical intervention.
  • Acupuncture should not be used for the treatment of malignant tumors. However, acupuncture may be used as a complementary measure, in combination with other treatments, for the relief of pain or other symptoms, to alleviate side-effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and thus to improve the quality of life.
  • Needling should be avoided in patients with bleeding and clotting disorders, or who are on anticoagulant therapy or taking drugs with anticoagulant effect.

Do I need a doctor's referral?

No, you do not need a referral from your doctor to receive acupuncture treatment. But please inform your physician that you are using acupuncture to assist you with your health concerns.

Do you take insurance?

I currently do not bill insurance. You may elect to bill the insurance company yourself and pay the “time-of-service” fee. I can provide an itemized statement that can be submitted to your insurance company.

Is acupuncture safe?

Yes, when performed by a licensed acupuncturist. Each state has their own licensing requirements. California is overseen by the California Acupuncture Board and requires a 4 year post-graduate Master of Sciences in Traditional Chinese Medicine degree and successful completion of the California Acupuncture Licensing Examination. My California license number is CA-14762.

Do I need to feel sick to receive acupuncture?

No, many clients come for acupuncture for monthly maintenance treatments or to just stay “in balance.” Acupuncture is most powerful as preventive medicine to keep your system strong. Many clients know they feel better coming once a month for a treatment.

Is acupuncture safe while I am pregnant?

Yes, when performed by a licensed acupuncturist. Please note, acupuncture is not a substitute for western prenatal medical care. However, many conditions which routinely crop up during pregnancy would benefit from a natural solution. Acupuncture can give relief for a range of pregnancy related conditions such as:

  • Morning sickness
  • High/low blood pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Tiredness
  • Constipation
  • Tender breasts
  • Migraine and other headaches
  • Back ache
  • Pelvic pain (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction)
  • Varicose veins