Important Information About Acupuncture
Acupuncture therapy uses sterile, disposable needles. These micro-thin needles are gently inserted into selected acupuncture point on the body. These points are grouped along defined pathways called meridians that run throughout the body. The health of the body and organ systems is optimized when the energy and blood flows smoothly through these pathways. When the energy or blood flow is absent, interrupted or blocked, illness, pain or lack of vitality may result. Energy becomes regulated, blood flow is returned and health is restored by stimulation of these acupuncture points.
Preparation for treatment:
• Eat a light meal within an hour of two of your treatment
• Wear loose, comfortable clothing
• Please refrain from wearing perfume or cologne
Please print forms and complete prior to first visit.
Does it hurt?
The thin needles are specifically designed to be virtually painless. This doesn’t mean that there is no feeling from acupuncture. Common sensations include warmth and/or a feeling of pressure.
How many treatments will I need?
Each person is unique and requires an individualized treatment plan. The length of treatment depends on the type, severity and duration of the condition. Generally speaking, for every year a condition has existed, a month of regular treatment is required.
What training is required?
The California Board of Medical Quality Assurance has licensed acupuncturist since 1976. In California, four years of formal training is required to receive a Masters of Traditional Oriental Medicine (MTOM). Acupuncturists must also pass a state exam to obtain their license (L.Ac.)
Some practitioners continue their education to receive a Doctor Degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. The DACM is one of the highest levels of education for this profession.