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's based on the theory that energy, called chi, flows through and around your body along pathways called meridians. These 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 improved, thus health is improved. These areas are stimulated by fine, solid needles that are sterile, nontoxic and labeled for single use only by a qualified practitioner.
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
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.
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. Click here for an illustration displaying how acupuncture affects the Central Nervous System.
WHAT CONDITIONS DOES ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Acupuncture can treat:
Headaches, migraines, neuralgia, facial pain, post-operative pain, stroke residuals, Parkinson’s disease.
Allergy, asthma, sinusitis, sinus headache, tonsillitis, bronchitis, colds and flu's
Abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, chronic diarrhea, Indigestion, constipation, IBS, SIBO
Insomnia, depression, anxiety, stress, hypertension, neurasthenia
EYES, EARS, DENTAL:
Poor vision, dry, red eyes, ear ringing, ear infection, sore throat, toothache
Pain and weakness in neck, shoulders, arms, hands, fingers, back, hips, legs, knees, feet, muscle
cramping, arthritis, sciatica, disc problems, traumatic injuries, sprains, strains, sports injuries, tendinitis
Chronic and acute UTI, sexual dysfunction, frequent urination, painful urination, prostate
Irregular or painful menstruation, amenorrhea, insufficient lactation, Infertility, PMS, Peri-menopause
and Menopause Syndrome, vaginal discharge, PCOS, endometriosis
High cholesterol, heart diseases, hypertension/hypotension
Management of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, PCOS, hyper/hypothyroidism
Increased energy and vitality, skin rejuvenation, weight control, stop smoking and other addictions,
enhanced athletic performance, strengthens the immune system
HOW ARE ACUPUNCTURIST EDUCATED/TRAINED?
Acupuncturists complete three to four academic years of education, which consist of a minimum of 3,000 hours (required in CA) 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. The California board also requires state licensed acupuncturist 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 either use electric current or stimulate the needles back and forth according to the treatment required. Then the needles are usually left in place for about 15 to 20 minutes, but no longer than 45 minutes before they are removed.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON MY FIRST VISIT?
First visit includes a detailed intake of medical history, 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. Please make sure to have either a snack or a light meal before your treatment. Acupuncture may cause light headedness with an empty stomach. Also, please refrain from consumption of any caffeine on the day of your treatment. Caffeine can block the analgesic effects of acupuncture and acts as a stimulant and an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. Read the article here from Acupuncture Today.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED AND HOW OFTEN SHOULD I COME?
This depends upon the severity, and nature of the condition. Most conditions require an average of 6-12 continuous treatments, although some will respond well within 4-6 treatments. Typically, 2x a week for the first 6 weeks, at very minimum, and as long as your symptoms are improving, less frequent treatments will be needed. Once your symptoms are gone, treatments can be maintain every 2-3 weeks. If this is not within your means, we suggest a community acupuncture or alternative treatment plans:
1x/week for 12 weeks or
2x/week for 6 weeks or
3x/week for 3 weeks
WHAT INSURANCES DO YOU ACCEPT?
We are an in network provider with Anthem BlueCross, selective Blue Shield of California, selective Blue Cross/ Blue Shield, UnitedHealthcare and TriWest. We also accept workers’ compensation through MedRisk. Click here to see a list of MedRisk Client List.
For other PPO plans that we are out of network with, we can provide you with a superbill that you may submit to your insurance company. In order to best serve you, we can verify your insurance benefits before you arrive or you may call the "members" number of the back of your card to inquire. You may book an online appointment or contact us and we will contact you as soon as the benefits are established. We also accept HSA/FSA cards.
*We are not in network with American Specialty Health Group (ASH) plans, which includes: Aetna, Kaiser Permanente, Scan Health plan, HealthNet, and selective Cigna plans.