Frequently Asked Questions
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture has been shown to work with the following body systems:
- Nervous System – triggers the release of pain–killing endorphins.
- Immune System – stimulates the body’s natural healing ability.
- Endocrine – regulates reproductive hormones. Also, stimulates the release of hormones that regulate serotonin in the brain.
- Circulatory – increases blood circulation and regulates vasodilation & constriction.
What can acupuncture treat?
Below is a partial list of the conditions treated by acupuncture
- RESPIRATORY : asthma, allergies, common cold, flu, cough, bronchitis, sinusitis, rhinitis.
- CIRCULATORY : hypertension, arteriosclerosis, palpitations, chest pain.
- DIGESTIVE : indigestion, gastritis, IBS, constipation, diarrhea, colitis, abdominal pain, stomachache, nausea & vomiting, ulcers, acid reflux.
- EMOTIONAL : anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia, drug, alcohol and nicotine addiction.
- NEUROLOGICAL : headache, migraine, TMJ, Bell’s Palsy, carpal tunnel syndrome, post–stroke syndrome, numbness, tremors.
- GYNECOLOGICAL : PMS, menopausal symptoms (hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, palpitations, irritability, mood swings), endometriosis, infertility, painful menstruation, irregular menstruation, low libido
- UROGENITAL : bladder infection, frequent urination, incontinence.
- PAIN : back pain, neck pain, shoulder & elbow pain, knee pain, wrist pain, ankle pain, post–operative pain, arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, sprains and strains.
- OTHER : Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, skin conditions: Eczema, Acne, Edema, weight management, health & wellness maintenance.
Is acupuncture effective?
Yes. Chinese medicine is the oldest continually practiced form of medicine in existence. It has been practiced in Asia for thousands of years. Both the World Health Organization and the National Institute of Health have recognized acupuncture as effective for a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. The World Health Organization has said of acupuncture: “the sheer weight of evidence demands that acupuncture must be taken seriously as a clinical procedure of considerable value.”
Is acupuncture’s effectiveness just a placebo effect?
No. Acupuncture has been widely used to treat a variety of domestic animals. It is regularly used to treat racehorses. These animals do not understand nor believe in acupuncture, but that does not prevent them from getting well.
Is acupuncture safe?
Yes. By law, acupuncturists in the state of California must use sterile, single-use disposable needles. This virtually eliminates the risk of infection. Additionally, all acupuncturists must be licensed by the state of California after completing four years of training and education. This rigorous program includes 3000 hours of classroom instruction and a minimum of 1000 hours of clinical residency. Finally, all acupuncturists practicing in the state are required to complete a minimum of 50 hours continuing education every 2 years to keep their license current.
Is acupuncture painful?
Generally patients do not experience pain. Acupuncture needles are about the width of a human hair, and, upon insertion, most patients feel little or no pain. The insertion is quick and usually goes unnoticed. Patients report a sensation of warmth, heaviness, tingling, or a dull ache. Far from painful, acupuncture is often described by patients as a profoundly relaxing experience. Many patients fall into a deep and restful sleep and wake feeling refreshed.
Will I need to undress?
No. Just remove shoes and socks and we recommend that you wear loose–fitting clothing so that sleeves and pant–legs can be rolled up. We practice a style of acupuncture that mostly uses points located on the extremities to treat problems anywhere in the body.
Is the Community Clinic setting appropriate for everybody and every situation?
Although we know that community acupuncture has numerous perks and benefits such as accessibility, affordability, a welcoming, serene and soothing place to heal, it is NOT ALWAYS ideal for the following patients:
- Those who wish to use healthcare insurance such as Medi-Cal, Medicare, and private insurance companies. To maintain our operating costs low and be able to provide you with affordable and low-cost treatments, we do not process insurance claims. However, upon request, we can issue a receipt that you can present to your health insurance company and see if they cover/reimburse acupuncture at all. Oftentimes our receipts are sufficient but please note that these do not include ICD-9 and Diagnostic Codes.
- Those who need separate/private room for treatments. While we do have one curtained-off space where patients needing a “table treatment” (i.e. wish to lay flat, disrobe or needs a discreet, solo space) can avail, most treatments occur in our spacious, mood-lit room with pleasant soft music. But bear in mind, there may be ten other patients in there with you. You may hear some background whispering since the staff acupuncturists need to communicate with the patients. Or, there may be some patients who come-in to be treated for snoring or wheezing problems. In any case, we do our best to keep our space quiet and unobtrusive. Wearing the eye pillows which we provide helps shut out distractions. We also have noise machines and a water fountain strategically placed in the treatment room to temper noise/sounds.
- Those with contagious diseases. While we try our best to accommodate everyone, we are not a medical clinic equipped to respond to medical emergency situations or those with continuing chronic conditions that require prompt medical attention. If you think you have a problem that is “unusual” such as severe flu, cough, fever, vomiting, infection or any contagious diseases, you must seek appropriate care immediately. Once you are under proper medical care, we would be more than happy to treat and care for you.
- Those with mobility and movement issues/challenges and need valet parking or require an adjacent parking. The structure where our clinic is situated does not have designated parking space/s for clients or ramps for persons using wheelchairs. We only have street and metered parking. If you have this concern, it is highly recommended that you come in accompanied by someone who can provide support in walking and moving around.