Acupuncture 101: How do Needles, Acupoints & Meridians Work?

Ever wonder why inserting a tiny needle between your thumb and index finger can help your headache?  Or putting needles in your ear can help your indigestion?

Many people wonder how acupuncture works.  Scientists and doctors are especially skeptical about acupuncture. With the advances in laboratory testing the mystery of acupuncture is being revealed. Research began in the 1980’s by the US government

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What can acupuncturists ‘treat’ or provide care?

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Below are some of the health concerns that acupuncture can effectively treat.  Read a List of My Areas of Specialization

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How are acupuncturists educated?

California requires passing the state licensure test. To qualify for the test an acupuncturist must have a Master’s Degree from a College that is Nationally Accredited and include 3,400 hours of study and 950 hours of clinical internship. The programs include comprehensive studies of biomedicine, acupuncture and herbal medicine. Van is licensed in California and is certified to practice nationwide.

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How safe is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is very safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy yielding few side effects. Many people experience feelings of deep relaxation and well-being. There is little caution of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once, and then discarded.

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Will my insurance cover acupuncture?

Insurance coverage varies from state to state. Contact your insurance provider to learn what kind of care is covered. Here are a few questions to ask:

Will my plan cover acupuncture? How many visits per calendar year? Do I need a referral? Do I have a co-pay? Do I have a deductible? If yes, has it been met?

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How much does it cost?

Rates vary and depend upon what procedures that are performed.

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How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments will vary from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief; others may take months or even years to achieve results. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month to see significant changes.

Treatment frequency depends on a variety of factors: your constitution, the severity and duration

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Is acupuncture safe for children?

Yes. In some instances children actually respond more quickly than adults. If your child has an aversion to needles there are alternate methods to stimulate the Acupoints such as massage, magnets, vibrations, essential oils or Infared heat. These alternate forms provide excellent stimulation for children.

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Why are herbs or nutraceuticals recommended?

Herbs and nutraceuticals can be a powerful adjunct to acupuncture care. They are used to strengthen, build and support the body through biochemistry to clear it of excess problems like a cold, fever or acute pain, provide concentrated dosages of nutrients for cellular replication and organ functions.

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Why look at my tongue?

The tongue is a map of the body. It reflects the general health of the organs and meridians. The color, shape, movement, cracks and coating on your tongue are all indicators that assist in the diagnosis.

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