Frequently asked questions

What are acupressure and acupuncture?

Acupressure and acupuncture are two of the many therapeutic methods utilized in the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. At a very basic level, these two methods stimulate movement of the bio-electrical energy in our bodies. This is accomplished by pressure on or puncture of the "acupoints" of the body.

What are "acupoints"?

"Acupoints" or acupuncture points as they are more commonly called, are very specialized areas on and just below the surface of the body. These points exhibit specific differences as compared to the surrounding skin, including lower electrical resistance and greater electrical conductivity (as illustrated below).


Is acupuncture painful?

There are two different types of sensations associated with acupuncture, and neither of them are very painful. Since acupuncture needles are quite thin and flexible, the sensation associated with insertion is minimal, more like a pinch, or nothing at all. The second sensation occurs when the needle and the bio-electrical energy of the body connect. This can be felt as any of a variety of experiences, such as; a grabbing sensation, a spreading sensation, a localized heaviness, a tingling sensation, a heat sensation or a radiating sensation. Each of these sensations are very brief, lasting only a matter of moments, and are an indication of energy movement within the body. 

Are these treatments safe?

In the hands of a comprehensively trained professional such as myself, your safety is assured. I have earned a Master of Science Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from a nationally accredited college here in San Francisco, CA (American College of TCM), and have been duly licensed by the state of California since February 2000. I use only sterile, disposable needles.

Are these treatments private?

All treatments occur within private rooms. All personal information is protected by the physician/client relationship, and will be held in strictest confidence. My office complies with all regulations of The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. No information about you can be released without your written permission.

How does one feel after these treatments?

Usually, one emerges from these treatments feeling relaxed, yet energized. Even so, it is best to schedule your first appointment (2 hours) at a time when you can go home and relax afterwards.

How much do these treatments cost?

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