Acupuncture is the insertion of tiny stainless steel, sterile, disposable needles into certain areas of the body to help rebalance the nervous system to help the body heal from disease. Through many randomized controlled trials, there is proof that acupuncture can regulate the body through many mechanisms, including stimulating the endocrine and nervous system.
Acupuncture is most recognized for helping with pain management, but it can help with a variety of internal diseases that includes but not limited to anxiety, digestive disorders, fatigue, insomnia, and gynecological issues.
Q. What should I expect at my initial visit?
Please come at least 30 minutes earlier to your appointment time to fill out the paperwork.
The initial visit is about 60-90 min long depending on the condition you are seeking treatment for. In addition to addressing your main complaint, I will go through with you your health history and any necessary physical examinations needed. Once I've done all of this, I will walk through with you what treatment will be done today. The follow up acupuncture treatment ranges from 45-60 minutes depending on your condition/progress.
Q. Do you take insurance?
I do take most HMO insurance plans, including Kaiser. If you have a PPO, we can still check to see if you have acupuncture benefits! If you would like us to check if your insurance plan has acupuncture benefits, please give our office a call at 909-984-2765.
Q. How does acupuncture work?
Whenever anything happens to your body - stress, what you eat, trauma, a bad night of sleep, whatever it is - the nervous system can easily become out of balance. What acupuncture does is tap into the body’s nervous system to bring it back to a balanced state. Once the nervous system is calm, then the body can properly function and heal itself.
Q. What are the certifications of a licensed acupuncturist?
California licensed acupuncturists are required to have over 3,000 hours of didactic and clinical training at an accredited graduate program (3-4 years) before they can take the required state board licensure exam (California Acupuncture License Exam) . To be admitted into a graduate program, there is a minimum requirement of a bachelor’s degree or at least 2 years worth of classes that are at the baccalaureate level. After completion of the program, acupuncturist will have a Master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. California is the only state that has its own board license examination, and has been said to be the toughest of the acupuncture licensure examinations.
Q. Is there parking available? Yes. We have a parking lot that has ample an amount of parking.