How old is Chinese Medicine?

Chinese medicine is a time tested system of medicine that goes back over 3,000 years.


How does it work?

Chinese medicine uses various techniques such as acupuncture and cupping to access and activate qi (pronounced "chee"), the vital energy that gives us our life force. A healthy and harmonized qi helps nurture the body back to health by helping resolve energy imbalances.


What are the needles like?

Acupuncture needles are sterile, stainless steel, and single use. They are disposed of after only one use.

Unlike hypodermic needles used for injection, acupuncture needles are solid and hair thin. They are designed to glide through, not cut the skin.


How are acupuncture needles regulated?

In 1996, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classified acupuncture needles as a medical device, regulating them as it does other medical devices such as surgical scalpels and hypodermic syringes. Acupuncture needles are manufactured in compliance with single-use standards of sterility.


Does acupuncture hurt?

People experience the needling sensation differently. Often people describe their sensations as warming, heavy, numb or tingling. If any unpleasant sensation is experienced during insertion, it is often compared to a mosquito bite and subsides within seconds.

I take great care to make my patients comfortable so that they can relax while the needles are in place. Many people even fall asleep during treatment. Following the treatment it is common to feel a tremendous sense of relaxation and calm.


Do I have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?

No. The results of your acupuncture treatment does not depend on your belief, acupuncture works whether or not you think it will. Acupuncture is even used successfully on animals and children. They do not understand or believe in the process yet they get better anyway.


Do you use herbs?

Yes, as a CA licensed acupuncturist, I have extensive training in Chinese herbal therapy. I often use herbal formulas to support the acupuncture treatment.


How do herbs differ from western medicine?

Chinese herbal formulas tend to be much gentler than western drugs. They work synergistically to treat the root cause as well as relieving symptoms.


Can I take Chinese herbs when I am on medication?

It depends on the condition and medications you are taking. This would have to be evaluated on a case by case basis.


How quickly can I expect to feel better?

In general, if the condition is acute, improvement maybe felt after 1 treatment. For chronic conditions however, it will take many treatments over time to help resolve the condition and return the body back to balance.


How often should I be treated?

The frequency of treatments depends on the condition and the individual response. Acupuncture results are cumulative and build up over time, as the body restores its balance the interval between each treatment can get longer and longer.


Does acupuncture always help?

No, but it usually does. If you do not feel any benefit after 3-5 treatments, then acupuncture may not work for you. I will work with you and your doctor to pursue an alternative route.


What should I wear for the treatment?

Commonly used acupuncture points are below the knees and elbows, therefore it's not often necessary to disrobe.

I recommend wearing loose fitting and comfortable clothes that can be easily rolled up above your elbows and knees.


Do you accept insurance?

Yes. Some insurance policies provide acupuncture coverage. Please contact me with your insurance information and I will inquire with your insurance company regarding your coverage.