Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is very safe. All of my certifications and licensing require strict safety guidelines to be met as dictated by the State of California Acupuncture Board. All needles are sterile, used once, and disposed of properly following single use. 

Does acupuncture hurt?

Positive and common sensations when experiencing acupuncture include tingling, warmth, electric sensation, dull ache, and heaviness. Most patients report a sensation when the needle is inserted, but it is not painful.  The sensation passes within seconds. When asked what the insertion of the acupuncture needle feels like, children have often said to me  “it feels like a pinch”.

Is there more than one style of acupuncture?

There are several styles of acupuncture, including but not limited to:

  • Chi­nese
  • Japan­ese
  • Korean
  • Bal­anc­ing methods
  • Five Ele­ment methods
  • Auric­u­lar
  • Hara (abdom­i­nal) style
  • Hand techniques
  • Eso­teric acupuncture

Do certain acupuncture points have specific functions?

Yes, each acupunc­ture point has spe­cific func­tions, for instance:

  • Anal­gesic, to stop pain
  • Stim­u­la­tion of the immune system
  • Empir­i­cal Points treat com­plaints such as a rash, hemorrhoids & jaundice.
  • Ani­mal stud­ies have shown that acupunc­ture can alter the release of var­i­ous hormones

How big are acupuncture needles?

Acupuncture needles tend to be the diameter of a hair. Each needle is sterilized and single use.

Have further questions? Shoot me an email and I’d be happy to get you some answers.