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Q: Is there anything I need to do before receiving a treatment?

A: Avoid treatment when excessively fatigued, dehydrated, full, emotionally upset, intoxicated, actively infectious, or hungry (eat a light meal beforehand). Print and fill out New Patient Forms beforehand or arrive 15 minutes early to complete forms. Bring current list of medications and/or supplements as well as your insurance card. Plan on at least 60-90 minutes per treatment to dedicate and invest in your health and avoid excessive activity post treatment.


Q: What does acupuncture feel like? Does it hurt?

A: Acupuncture needles are hair thin, single use, stainless steel, and disposable. Acupuncture needles are so tiny 40 needles can fit into the tip of one standard 18 gauge hypodermic needle! Patients experience acupuncture differently but patients often report no or minimal sensation upon insertion of the needles and find that they induce deep relaxation. Some people are energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed. Improper needle placement, movement of the patient, or a defect in the needle can cause soreness and pain during treatment. This is why it is important to seek treatment from a qualified acupuncture practitioner.


Q: What effect do the needles have on the body?

A: Western medical research has demonstrated that acupuncture treatments:

  • Increase white blood cell count strengthening the immune system
  • Help the body regulate sugar metabolism stabilizing energy levels
  • Improve blood flow to decrease hypertension and cholesterol levels
  • Alter the brains neurological response to pain, reducing the intensity and frequency of the pain response and increasing endorphins (the feel good hormone)
  • Enhance serotonin production, a hormone related to sleep, appetite, and emotional health
  • Regulate digestive fluids
  • Decrease cortisol (stress) levels, activating the parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation)


Q: How many treatments will I need?

A: That depends on the duration, severity, and nature of your complaint. You may need only a single treatment for an acute condition. A series of 5-10 treatments may resolve many chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may require many treatments over time. To help reduce the number of treatments, dietary modifications, exercise, relaxation techniques, self-massage, and/or herbal medicines may be recommended. The benefits are cumulative, much like a regular exercise program or healthy diet. The more dedicated you are to regular self-care, the better you will feel and the faster your body will respond.


Q: Will it be covered by my insurance?

A: Acupuncture is one of the CAM therapies that are more commonly covered by insurance. We are an in network provider for Blue Shield of CA, United Healthcare & Optum. However, you should check with your insurer before you start treatment to see whether acupuncture will be covered for your condition and, if so, to what extent. However, if you’re insurance does not cover treatments, the cost is still very affordable.


Q: Are oils or lotions used?

A: We provide massage oil with no additives or chemicals. Please specify if you have any allergies.


Q: Is music provided and am I expected to talk?

A: Music and talking are always up to the client’s needs and wishes. Let your therapist know what is best for you.


Additional Recommendations:
Communicate your needs to your practitioner which might include your physical concerns, apprehension, room temperature, lighting, the pressure used, speed of movement, etc. Your practitioner is a professional dedicated to creating the best experience for you.

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