Acupuncture

Initial Treatment $85
Subsequent treatments $55

The practice of acupuncture originated in China approximately 5,000 years ago. Today acupuncture continues to provide comprehensive health care to a significant portion of the world’s population. In modern China acupuncture is practiced alongside Western medicine in most hospitals. It is an integral part of traditional Oriental medicine which diagnoses, treats and prevents disease through techniques that include acupuncture, acupressure, herbology, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle counseling. The concept underlying acupuncture is the presence of energy flow in meridians throughout the body. This energy must flow freely for health to be maintained.

Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points of higher electrical conductivity. These points are located along pathways through which our body’s life energy flows. The goal of each treatment is to activate the body’s self-healing mechanisms, resulting in physiological and emotional balance.

What Does Acupuncture Treat?
The World Health Organization states that more than seventy diseases can be treated with acupuncture. In clinical practice acupuncture has been used successfully in the following areas:

• Gynecology: menstrual disorders, PMS, hormonal imbalances, infertility
• Respiratory: asthma, colds, allergies, bronchitis, sinus infection
• General Medicine: fatigue, tinnitus, hypertension, diabetes, immune deficiency
• Gastro-Intestinal: bowel disorders, ulcers, digestive dysfunction
• Neurology: headaches, sciatic pain, trigeminal neuralgia, Bells’s palsy, post stroke paralysis
• Urinary: incontinence, impotence, prostate problems, bladder/kidney infections
• Pediatrics: asthma, bed wetting, seizures, colic
• Dermatology: eczema, herpes, hives, rashes
• Musculo-Skeletal: acute/chronic pain, arthritis, sports injuries
• Addiction: substance abuse of: alcohol, cocaine, crack, heroin, methadone, prescription
drugs, tobacco
• Psychosomatic: fatigue, insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression, immune deficiency

The Office Visit
An acupuncture treatment begins with a thorough medical interview and a physical exam consisting of careful analysis of the pulses, observation of the tongue and palpation of body points. This exam allows the acupuncturist to accurately diagnose the underlying energetic cause of the patient’s condition and prescribe appropriate individualized treatment.

Very fine, sterile, disposable needles are inserted with minimal sensation and are left in place for five to thirty minutes. During this time most patients are able to rest comfortably and are unaware of the needles.

Instead of, or in addition to needles, your acupuncturist may utilize electro-acupuncture, laser or heat stimulation. In addition, Chinese herbs, nutritional supplements or other treatment methods may be prescribed. A course of treatment consists of ten sessions. Depending on the length and severity of the particular condition, one to several courses of treatment may be required. Acupuncture is covered by many medical insurance companies in California. In addition, Workers Compensation and Medi-Cal cover acupuncture services.

After a treatment, most people will experience a sense of well-being or relaxation. Acupuncture stimulates endorphins, neurotransmitters, enzymes, hormones and many varied chemical reactions which regulate body function.

Acupuncture is safe and virtually free of side effects.