What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the keystones of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a 5,000 year old approach to medicine which is as valid today as it was five millennium ago. The oldest medical text book in the world, 4,700 years old, describes acupuncture and the theory behind it.


Does Acupuncture hurt?

We use hair thin needles and made from the finest quality of stainless steel. You may feel warm or tingling which are signs that the Qi (or energy) has arrived. Sometimes you can feel Qi (energy) running up or down the body or a limb. The fact is that most patients report that they become extremely relaxed during their acupuncture treatment.

How many treatments will I need?

That depends upon the duration, severity, and nature of the illness. A series of 8 – 10 treatments may resolve many chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may require many treatments over time. 

How should I prepare for my treatments?

Don’t eat a big meal before your visit.Wear loose, comfortable clothes. Be sure to discuss any questions with your acupuncturist. Refrain from overexertion or alcohol for at least 6 hours after treatment.


Is Acupuncture covered by insurance?

Yes. We will check your insurance for you! 

What Is Acupressure?

Acupressure and Meridian bodywork also called Tuina, or Chinese Masssage. The therapists use gentle but firm pressure of hands to press acupuncture points along certain pathways (meridians) to stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities. When acupuncture points are pressed, they release muscular tension, promote blood circulation, increase energy flow  to aid healing. 

What are Chinese herbs?

Chinese herbs have a history of more than 3000 years, and are one of the most important parts of the Traditional Chinese Medicine besides acupuncture. In China, there are over 3000 different herbs. However, only about 300 to 500 of these herbs are commonly used. Because these herbs can treat or help with variety of diseases and problems, they are also called herbal medicine. All of them are entirely from nature. Herbs are composed of roots, barks, flowers, seeds, fruits, grass, leaves, branches and etc. They are employed to balance the hyper-activity or hypo-activity of yin or yang, help the body restore its normal physiological functions and cure diseases. Modern drugs have been developed from the herbs, such as treatments for asthma and hay fever from Chinese Ephedra, hepatitis remedies from Schizandra fruits and Licorice roots, and a number of anticancer agents from trees and shrubs. According to Chinese clinical studies, more and more herbs have been added to the modern drugs over the centuries, which greatly increase the effectiveness of modern drug treatments, reduce their side-effects, and sometimes replace them completely.

Do they interfere with the medication I am taking?

Amazingly, many diseases and problems that do not respond well to modern drugs respond very well to herbs. Herbs do not interfere with the drugs you are taking.  They can even reduce the side effects of the drugs you are taking. As your health conditions improve, you can reduce the drugs or discontinue them.