San Diego Acupuncture: Chinese Acupuncture, Acupuncture in San Diego, CA 92130

1. Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture is performed with extremely thin, flexible stainless steel needles. You may experience brief discomfort as the needle pierces the skin, sometimes followed by minor soreness or a drawing sensation. As the energy changes, there may be numbness, heat, dull aching or tingling. More often than not, the experience is relatively painless.
2. Is acupuncture safe?
I only use sterile, one-time use, disposable needles. Therefore, there is no risk of blood-borne disease transmission.
3. How long does a session last?
The average treatment lasts about 20-30 minutes, but can go up to as long as 45 minutes, depending upon the problem being treated. Office visits can take up to an hour and a half for the initial visit, and an hour for follow-up visits.
4. How many treatments will I need?
No two conditions or people respond exactly the same. The course of treatment depends on the condition, the severity, and the duration of the condition. Some conditions are improved with one visit; other treatments will involve multiple visits. On average, with weekly treatment a condition should show some improvement within 8-12 visits. If you do not see any improvement during that time, it may be appropriate to re-evaluate with the doctor whether or not to continue in treatment.
5. What should I expect during treatment?
Most patients find the treatment very relaxing. Most are surprised to find how comfortable they are during an acupuncture treatment and how easily and painlessly the needles are inserted. Some patients even go to sleep during treatment. A patient may feel a sensation upon insertion and pressure or a "dull" reaction when the feeling of the arrival of qi is obtained.
6. Does acupuncture really work?
Yes. In the past 2,000 years, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other health modalities combined. Today acupuncture is practiced extensively worldwide and is being used more frequently in America by patients and physicians. Acupuncture treatments can be given in conjunction with other forms of health care, such as conventional Western medicine, osteopathic or chiropractic adjustments, and homeopathic or naturopathic prescriptions. It is important that your acupuncturist know everything that you are doing, so she can help you get the most benefit from all your treatments.
The World Health Organization recognizes the ability of acupuncture to treat over 43 common disorders including:
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders, such as food allergies, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, anorexia and gastritis
  • Gynecological Disorders, such as irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation, infertility in women and men, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Respiratory Disorders, such as emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies and bronchitis
  • Disorders of the Bones, Muscles, Joints and Nervous System, such as arthritis, migraine headaches, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness and low back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Circulatory Disorders, including hypertension
  • Emotional and Psychological Disorders, including depression, and anxiety
  • Addictions, such as alcohol, nicotine and drugs
  • Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders
7. How Does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is a therapy that uses the insertion of tiny thread-like needles to specific points on the body along meridians (energy channels of the body). As long as the energy flows freely through these pathways, health is maintained. When the flow of energy is disturbed for any reason, there is disruption in health, resulting in pain or illness. By stimulating the proper acupuncture points along these meridians, the energy is regulated,'and health is restored.
8. Is Acupuncture covered by health insurance?
A growing number of insurance companies will reimburse for acupuncture treatments. Be sure mention to us that you have insurance and a member of our staff would be happy to check acupuncture coverage for you.
9. What if I'm afraid of needles?
There are alternative treatments for those who are needle phobic. These methods include acupressure, moxibustion (burning of herbs on acupoints), ear acupuncture with press seeds, cupping, and treatment with a piezo pen (electric pulses on acupoints from a nerve-stimulator).

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