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What is acupuncture? What does it do?
What is an acupuncture treatment like?
Does acupuncture hurt? Is it safe?
What is Chinese Herbal Medicine? What does it do?
What is moxa?
What is electro-stimulation?
What is cupping?
What is Tui-Na massage?
How many treatments does it take?
Can I receive acupuncture treatment when I have a cold or flu?
How about when I have fever?
How long is each treatment?
What shall I wear when I come?
How old do I have to be to receive treatments?
 

What is acupuncture? What does it do?

Acupuncture is a form of ancient Chinese medicine that has a history of more than 2,000 years. It usually involves insertion of fine needles into specific points to stimulate energy (Qi) and the energy paths (meridians). It influences and balances the physiological function by activating blood, lymph flows, and cells. This brings out self-regulating mechanisms of the body. It is effective not only in treating numerous conditions, but as a form of preventative medicine. Modern science cannot fully account for how acupuncture works at this time, but current researches confirm its efficacy for many conditions.
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What is an acupuncture treatment like?

Most of the patients find the treatments to be relaxing. Each treatment is tailor made for you. Specific acupuncture points are chosen depending on your constitution, health history, and current physical and emotional condition. Acupuncture is often complemented with moxa, electro-stimulation, cupping, and/or Tui-Na massage depending on what is appropriate for you.
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Does acupuncture hurt? Is it safe?

Acupuncture needles are very fine, and they usually produce little or no pain. My needle techniques are very gentle. For babies and very sensitive patients, I often use tapping, scratching, and/or stroking techniques instead of inserting needles. You may feel a deep ache or tingling sensation either at the site of needle or other places, which means that your body energy is responding to the treatment. The needles are sterile and made of stainless steel, and I dispose of them after a single use.
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What is Chinese Herbal Medicine? What does it do?

Chinese herbal medicine is used to balance your organ systems and energy flow in order to support healing or maintain health. Acupuncture and herbal medicine are both parts of ancient Chinese medicine, and they compliment each other. Acupuncture gives an external stimulation to the body, whereas herbal medicine gives an internal stimulation.
The main ingredients of herbal medicine are plants; minerals and animal products may also be included when appropriate. I usually prescribe medicine in a powder form, which allows me to mix ingredients uniquely for each patient.
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What is moxa?

Moxa is a warming technique which uses heat from burning moxa, or mugwort, to relax muscles or to warm internal organs. I often use moxa to supplement acupuncture treatment, placing a stick of the dried moxa about an inch from your skin at specific acupuncture points to penetrate heat. In certain cases, and with your consent, direct moxa can be used to treat bone fracture, sprained tendons, or immune support for chemo therapy. In direct moxa, a very small cone of the herb is placed and burned on your skin, which can leave a small blister temporarily. Occasionally, moxa is burned on needles so that the heat penetrates deeper in the body through the needle.
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What is electro-stimulation?

Electro-stimulation is a technique in which micro current is applied through acupuncture needles. It usually produces a tapping or vibrating sensation in the area of application. Electro-stimulation is effective in relaxing muscles and tendons, suppressing inflammation, and reducing pain.
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What is cupping?

Cupping is mainly used to release muscle tension or to relieve symptoms of common cold. The air inside empty glass cups is heated, and then the cups are applied to the skin in order to create suction. By moving blood and energy, cupping improves circulation and helps your body to expel toxins and pathogens. The treatment can cause temporary reddening of the skin, and I will use it only with your consent.
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What is Tui-Na massage?

Tui-Na is a Chinese style massage that is often used in conjunction with acupuncture. It is similar to Shiatsu insofar as pressure is applied along energy paths and on acupuncture points of the body. Tui-Na also uses techniques to move and lubricate the joints. Though patients report that it is relaxing, the main focus is to releases muscle tension and improve functions of joints, tendons, and muscles.
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How many treatments does it take to achieve desired results?

The length of your treatment will depend upon your condition and how you respond to the treatments. Generally, acute conditions recover more quickly, whereas chronic conditions can take longer. For example, if you receive a treatment when you start coming down with a cold or soon after spraining your ankle or straining your back, it’s likely that you will feel the difference right after the first treatment. Some patients respond favorably after only one treatment, and some start feeling better after receiving periodic treatments for several months.
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Can I receive acupuncture treatment when I have a cold or flu? How about when I have fever?

If you have a fever of 102 degrees (39℃) or higher, please contact your doctor. Otherwise, acupuncture and herbal medicine are recommended to help your body go through the course of a cold or flu more quickly.
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How long is each treatment?

Generally, the first visit takes about one to one and a half hours, and the follow up treatments take about one hour.
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What shall I wear when I come?

Please wear your regular clothing. I may ask you to take certain articles off when a specific area needs to be accessed. If you are receiving a massage session, it’s best to wear loose and comfortable clothes.
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How old do I have to be to receive treatments?

Anyone from 2 months old can receive acupuncture treatments. Babies and children usually respond to treatments very quickly. Elderly individuals are also welcome.
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