Frequently Asked Questions

What conditions do you treat?
The World Health Organization of the United Nations has identified over 40 medical conditions effectively treated with Acupuncture. The following compilation includes these and other disorders which scientific research and clinical experience have shown Acupuncture to be effective for. The bolded conditions are one’s in which I focus in my practice.

  • Musculoskeletal: Arthritis, Tendonitis, Bursitis, Low Back Pain, Neck/Upper Back Pain
  • Neurologic: All pain conditions, Migraines or other headaches, Sciatica, Numbness,Muscle Spasms, Tremors, Bell’s Palsy, Paralysis, Post-Stroke
  • Gynecology: PMS, Menopause, Morning Sickness, Endometriosis, Painful or Irregular periods, Infertility, Fibrocystic Breast Disease
  • Emotional- Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Irritability
  • Ear, Nose, Throat/Respiratory- Allergies, Sinusitis, Asthma, Cough, Colds/Flu, Emphysema, Meniere’s Disease, Sore Throats, Ear Infections
  • Digestive Problems- Constipation, Diarrhea, Colitis, Hemorrhoids, Food Poisoning, Stomachache
  • Skin Problems- Premature aging, Rash, Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, Painful Scars
  • Urinary Problems- Bladder Infections, Urinary Incontinence, Prostatitis
  • Pediatrics- Ear infections, Colds, Flu, Sore throat, Cough, Runny nose
  • Miscellaneous- Smoking Addiction, Drug Addiction, Alcoholism, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Obesity, Chemotherapy/Radiation Side Effects, Post-Surgical Pain

If your condition is not listed, please call to schedule a Complimentary Consultation. If I cannot help you, I will do my best to offer a suitable referral! 714-639-3935

What is Oriental Medicine?
Oriental medicine and Oriental philosophy strongly promote the idea of balance. Achieving and maintaining balance is the goal of life. Imbalance gives rise to disease (not at ease). Correcting imbalance alleviates the symptoms putting the body at ease. Oriental Medicine treats not only the manifestations of a disease (i.e. the symptoms) it treats the CAUSE of the disease- or the root of the problem.  An Oriental Medical Practitioner will look at her patients as a whole, through questioning, examining, pulse diagnosis, and by examining a patient’s tongue- which can really tell a lot about a patient’s health.  Through this exam, the practitioner can discover what is out of balance in the body. Is there too much heat (Yang) or not enough cold (Yin). Are there other excesses or deficiencies?

Once the diagnosis is reached, the practitioner will then decide which acu-points are needed, and if Herbs are appropriate.

It is truly a Holistic Medicine.

What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Originating in China more than 5,000 years ago, acupuncture has become increasingly popular in the United States over the past two decades- following Europe and Australia.
In Acupuncture, very fine, disposable needles are inserted at critical “points” on the body that connect nerves, muscles and organs effecting the body’s energy, known as Qi (pronounced chee)- in order to return the body to a state of balance.
How does Acupuncture work?
According to research, Acupuncture works by activating a natural pain suppression system in the brain. Acupuncture has the systemic effect of increasing endorphins which leads to pain relief, enhanced energy and vitality. It also increases white blood cell count and improves the body’s circulation which strengthens the body’s immune system so that it has the ability to fight disease
What happens during an Acupuncture Treatment?
For your first visit, you will fill out an extensive heath questionnaire that will help guide the practitioner to her diagnosis. You should prepare for your treatment by eating a light meal before hand, and by allowing yourself ample time for your visit which will last about one and a half hours for the first visit, and about 45 min. to an hour for follow-up visits.

The treatment will start with an exam and questioning by the practitioner. She will feel your pulse and look at your tongue, as well as perform other diagnostic tests which may be necessary.

Once the treatment begins, most patients feel a deep sense of relaxation- many even fall asleep!

How are Herbs used?
The use of plants and other natural substances has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. It is from this practice that modern day Pharmacology has emerged. In Chinese Herbology, herbs are used in specific, individualized formulations- using anywhere from two to twenty different herbs that work together synergistically (unlike western herbology which commonly uses one herb alone).

Herbs are powerful medicinals, which offer extraordinary results- when given by a trained medical professional. When used properly, there are little to no side-effects.

If the Oriental Medical Practitioner feels that herbs would benefit your condition, she will create a personalized formula for you using either dried/granulated herbs that are made into a tea- or you may get a pre-made pill formula.

Will my insurance pay for Acupuncture?
It depends on your plan. Many insurance companies are discovering the cost-effectiveness of Acupuncture. Call your insurance company to see if it’s covered or if they offer any discounts for services, or call us and we will check for you!
How many treatments will I need?
This is a hard question to answer. Because every patient is different, every case is different. In general, most patients feel some sort of change after the first visit (either immediately after, or after a couple of hours). If the problem is chronic, then it generally requires more treatments (say 8-10 treatments). However, if it’s an acute problem, it may be resolved in as little as 3 visits or less!

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