Frequently Asked Questions
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a major component of the 5,000 year old medical practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine which assists the body’s innate healing mechanisms using the insertion of sterile, thin single use acupuncture needles into specific points on the body. Traditional Chinese Medicine includes acupuncture, cupping, herbal remedies, bodywork, and nutritional guidance.
What can I expect during an acupuncture visit?
Visits involve a brief intake where you will be asked questions to gather a thorough understanding of your current state of wellness using a Chinese medical model of diagnosis which includes an assessment of your pulses and tongue. After the intake, you will lie on a table and receive an acupuncture treatment tailored specifically to your needs to address the root of any imbalance. Needles are left in for approximately 30 minutes. During this time, most clients fall asleep or enter a relaxed, meditative state. After this time, needles are removed and disposed of, and you will receive a comprehensive plan for follow-up treatments and care.
What can acupuncture treat?
Psycho- Emotional Disorders
Brain & Nervous Disorders
Kidney & Urinary Tract Disorders
Heart & Circulatory System
Female Reproductive System
Male Reproductive System
Lung & Circulatory System
Does acupuncture hurt?
Insertion of the flexible hair thin needles is most often painless. Occasionally, a tiny pinch is felt upon insertion.
How are acupuncturists credentialed?
Acupuncture training is completed at the graduate level by obtaining a Master’s of Science in Traditional Asian Medicine. Acupuncture programs involve 3000+ hours of both classroom and clinical experience and typically require 4 years of full-time, year round study. Here in the state of California, licensed acupunctures are considered primary health care providers.
What is cupping?
Do you offer cupping/fire cupping?
Yes! At no additional charge!
What are the rates for acupuncture?
New Patient ~ 50 minutes $125
Return Patient ~ 50 minutes $100
Facial Rejuvenation ~ Add On $25
What is facial rejuvenation acupuncture?
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture also referred to as “an acupuncture facelift” is a non surgical method of magnifying your natural radiance while reducing the signs of the aging process. The painless insertion of hair thin acupuncture needles into the face boosts collagen production, increases blood flow to the facial tissue, improves facial muscle tone, and increases the elasticity of the skin. The results are a reduction in the appearance of fine lines, brightened eyes, reduced under eye circles, and a natural glow of your skin.
This holistic beauty treatment rooted in the healing principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine includes a healthy lifestyle and nutritional counseling to help you achieve best results.
A recommended course of treatment is a total of 10-12 sessions with visits occurring between 1-3 x/week. Lasting results generally become noticeable around the fourth treatment. Lifestyle, skin care routine, nutrition, and water intake affect results.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes, we accept insurance. We are an in network provider for Blue Shield California PPO plans. We are an out-of-network provider for many other PPO Insurance plans. If your insurance plan offers acupuncture benefits, as a courtesy we can bill your insurance directly.