Understanding Acupuncture

Acupuncture skillfully wields the energy of the body to resolve disharmony. Our bodies circulate meridians of energetic qi (pronounced 'chi') which is perhaps best understood with a western mind as electricity. When our meridians circulate poorly we are in pain, or it indicates core aspects of our health are weakened. Key acupuncture points along the meridian have great influence over the meridian, it's associated organ, and the entire body. Stimulation of an acupuncture point with a fine needle initiates a healing response in the immediate area needled, in the meridian's associated organ, and globally throughout the body.

Eastern Medicine's Unique Approach to Healing

It takes courage to try something new. Asian Medicine has surfaced to popularity within the last four decades in the United States. Asian medical wisdom is sourced from thousands of years of concise study into the subtle energy of the body and practiced on billions of people for their healing. Across the Asian Pacific Rim it is common to see entire hospitals that are solely providing acupuncture and herbal support; treating nearly every medical condition. For this reason, the World Health Organization conducted substantial research and has endorsed Asian Medicine. From a world-wide perspective, Asian Medicine is one of the oldest, revered, and most common healing modalities.

Embracing a holistic approach to both the body and an individual's unique health state, Asian Medicine has many compassionate strengths. Guiding principles treat the root of a patient's imbalance as well as the branch, diminishing the manifesting symptoms. By cleansing the flow of our meridians, strengthening foundations of our nutritive yin and active yang, we rejuvenate our body to enjoy vibrant energy.

Common Concerns About Acupuncture

It is not painful - most people feel deeply relaxed by it.
There is a common misconception of acupuncture needles as hypodermic needles.  In contrast acupuncture needles are 18x slimmer, compared to the diameter of a human hair, causing no pain. Be assured that our concern is your comfort and you can experience pain free acupuncture.

Is it safe -
Acupuncture needles are sterilized, thin, solid, stainless steel, and safely disposed after a single use. This upholds our national safety standards.

It does work -

The World Health Organization and the National Institute of Health endorse it as a healing modality.
Acupuncture is shown to improve health in modern research with fewer undesirable side effects than many western medicines or drastic surgical treatments. Research demonstrates acupuncture can promote circulation, increase anti-inflammatory steroids, balance hormones, stimulate our body to release various neurotransmitters such as serotonin (contributing to a sense of well-being) and endorphins (producing analgesia, pain relieving).

Do you know what you are doing? ABSOLUTELY.  
I'm a licensed acupuncturist by the State of California and by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. California acupuncturist are the best in the nation - we have higher standards than all other states.  We have been trained in both eastern and western medicine.  We have extensive training in performing safe acupuncture for years in our medical school clinic.  Acupuncturists commonly have integrative medical internships, we work increasingly with hospitals, and with the military. We know the subtle path to wellness and can help guide you there.
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