How Does It Work?

Acupuncturists are like the electricians of the body. When there’s a broken or slow circuit, we figure out how to get it working at full speed again. One of the guiding statements of Chinese medicine is “Without flow, there is pain.”


What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture helps your body heal and reset itself, therefore it can treat almost any imbalance in the body. However, the most common reasons for visits are musculoskeletal pain, digestive disorders, gynecological issues, headaches, allergies, insomnia, and mood disorders.


How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The number of treatments will depend on a few factors--the overall health of the person, how long the symptoms have been present, and the severity of the problem. If it’s been going on for years, it may take several treatments. Most acute conditions can be resolved in 1-10 treatments. It is not my goal to make anyone a weekly patient forever.  


Will It Hurt?

Acupuncture needles are so tiny, they are barely wider than a human hair. Some people feel a little pinch and then nothing. Most people feel relaxed and settle into a happy, restful state. If any particular needle bothers you, I’ll remove it immediately. 


Are Needles Re-Used?

All needles are disposable, wrapped in sterile packs and disposed of after each use.


Will I Have To Remove My Clothing?

 If possible, wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your acupuncture appointment. Points on the hands and feet and points on the back are the most common and many treatments do not require changing clothes. We can provide a towel or a cloth to cover you if necessary.


Can I Bring Someone Into The Treatment Room?

If you’d feel better with someone there, bring them along. For most people zoning out on the table is easier if they’re by themselves and allows for a better treatment. 


Do You Accept Insurance?

At this time, I do not take insurance although I do take HSA or FSA funds and can provide you with an invoice for your HR department if it’s asked for.

What Training Do You Have?

  • Licensed Acupuncturist, CA State Board of Acupuncture

  • MS, Chinese Medicine, ACCHS

  • Sports Medicine Acupuncture courses with Acusport--specialized training in treating spine, neck, shoulders, low back and extremities 

  • Reiki Mastery and Shamanic Wisdom series at Alchemy of Presence

  • Certified Theta Healing Practitioner 2017

  • The Three Paramitas: Meditation Series with Sylvia Boorstein at Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center

  • Beijing Languages Institute Intensive Mandarin Language Program

  • University of California, Berkeley