Frequently Asked Questions

Can Acupuncture Help Me?

Can Acupuncture Help Me?

Can Acupuncture Help Me?

Does Acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are very, very thin, similar in diameter to a human hair.  If inserted by a qualified practitioner the sensation should be none or very little. There is often a slight tingling, warmth, or dull ache when the needle connects with the qi.  This is a normal feeling and is not painful.  Acupuncture needles are quite different from the needles we experience at the medical doctors office.  Please see But I’m Afraid of Needles!

What can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture can treat and decrease hundreds of symptoms.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified approximately 40 diseases that are effectively treated with acupuncture.  Please refer to the “Can Acupuncture Help Me?” page for more details.

Are the acupuncture needles sterile?

Yes.  Acupuncturists in the state of California are required by law to use needles that are sterile, non-toxic and labeled for single use.  They are disposed of in biohazard containers with the utmost care.  We use the highest quality needles made for your safety and comfort.

Do you have to be certified to practice acupuncture?

Yes.  The state of California has the strictest guidelines in the country in order to practice acupuncture.  It requires four years of study in a graduate degree program and then passing the California State Board Examination.  Please make sure the practitioner you choose is Board Certified

What is Acupuncture and how does it work?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing modality which involves the stimulation and movement of Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) or “universal life force”.  This qi energy in the body can become stuck due to environmental factors, diet, lifestyle, trauma and/or stress, which can then transform into disease or illness.  Acupuncture can help re-balance the energy so that the body functions at its optimum level thereby preventing and healing disease.  It does this by inserting very thin needles into specific sites (“acupoints”) along meridians, which act as energy highways within the body.  

Will it work on a skeptical person?

Yes. The healing process will not be affected in any way by the patient’s skeptical attitude.  Recently, acupuncture has been used with great results on animals thereby proving that believing in it is not required for it to work.

What can I expect from my first treatment?

Everybody experiences the effects of acupuncture a little differently depending on the type of problem being treated.  Some people may start to notice an improvement immediately while for others it might take a few treatments before they feel relief.  During the acupuncture treatment some people feel extremely relaxed while others feel euphoric or energized.  Some who don’t feel any different right away, may experience the effects hours to days later.


The first treatment is typically longer than follow-up treatments because we ask a series of questions regarding your health, medical history, lifestyle, diet and stress level.

How many treatments are necessary?

The number of treatments will vary depending on the person and the issue being treated.  The approximate number of treatments necessary will be determined upon the patient’s first appointment.

Ready to schedule your first appointment?  Please call or email us to start improving your health today. 

“The greatest wealth is health.”  -Virgil

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