Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory and system. TCM is a complete medical system which includes three different unique methods --- Acupuncture, Qi Gong (medical energy therapy) and Chinese Herbs. Chinese Medicine is the oldest continually practiced medicine in the world. Currently one quarter of the world's population makes use of it.
For more than 3000 years many cultures have benefited from this method of treating and prevent diseases. The World Health Organization (WHO) has researched and documented the effectiveness of TCM. Medical communities throughout the world are integrated this medicine into their national healthcare systems.

Acupuncture FAQs

Q.What is Acupuncture?
A: Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points shown as effective in the treatment of specific health problems. The Chinese has mapped these points over a period of two to four thousand years. In the last century, electromagnetic research has confirmed their locations.

Throughout history, more people have been treated with acupuncture and Oriental Medicine than all other health modalities combined. The TCM by far is the leader in Oriental Medicine. This medical system continues to help people throughout this country an around the world.

Q.How does Acupuncture work?
A.TCM theory explains that either an imbalance or a blockage of the energy (Qi) circulating through the body causes pain and disease. Acupuncture allows energy to flow to areas where it is deficient and away from areas where it is excessive. Acupuncture regulates and restores the harmonious energetic balance of body.

Q. Is acupuncture painful?
A. Not likely. Many patients comment that they don't even feel the needles at all. Most patients feel no undue discomfort. They found their experience to be favorable and they would definitely recommend it. The majority of patients indicate that it is very relaxing, similar to the relaxing affect of a good massage.
At CTAHC, we also provide the “Needle-free Treatments”.

Q. Is acupuncture safe?
A. When acupuncture is done by a fully trained acupuncturist licensed by the California State Board of Acupuncture it is very safe and should not be a concern to the patient

Q. What are the needles made of?
A. Today most needles are made of surgical stainless steel and come in sterile packs as one time use disposable needles. In ancient China the first needles were made of flint. Later on, bamboo and fish bones were also used as needles. It was once believed that gold and silver needles were of benefit and were used with the nobility

Q. How long and thick are the needles?
A. The needles vary from one half inch to over two inches in length, depend on which point to treat. The gauges of needle vary usually 30 to 38 gauge. A 38-gauge needle is a little thicker than a human hair. Acupuncturists are trained to use the appropriate needle for the treatment.

Q. How many treatments do I need?
A. There is no set number of treatments. It varies depending on the problem and how the body responds to the treatment. Chronic problems or any problems the patient has had for a long time generally take more treatments than acute problems or problems of short duration. Acupuncture has a cumulative effect and treatments done in close proximity of each other may be more appropriate for certain problems.

Q. I am pregnant. Can I have acupuncture?
A. When a woman is pregnant there is some acupuncture points that should be avoided. It is obvious that points on the abdomen would not be used. A common complaint that women have during pregnancy is morning sickness, which can be treated with acupuncture. Most other problems are treatable with acupuncture during pregnancy.

Q. Do I need to see my medical doctor or need a prescription or referral for acupuncture?
A. Your medical doctor is an integral part of your overall healthcare. It is not necessary to get a referral or a prescription for acupuncture. However, many acupuncturists work very closely with physicians and chiropractors. A medical report or findings by the doctor often help pinpoint the problem.

Q. Will insurance pays for acupuncture?
A. Some insurance companies will pay for acupuncture, but you will need to check with your own provider to be sure. At this time, Medicare does not pay for acupuncture.

Q.Why should I take herbs if I'm getting Acupuncture?
A. Both modalities work by bringing the body towards homeostasis (balance). Acupuncture works through the nervous system, triggering the release of endorphins and other chemicals that regulate bodily functions. Herbs work through the digestive system. Together the two have a synergistic effects to speed healing.

Q. What can I do to maximize treatment benefit?
A. Make sure to eat at least two hours before your appointment. Remember, Acupuncture works by guiding the body’s natural energy. Since food is the fuel that gives you energy, you want to make sure you've had a healthy meal before treatment. Also, drink lots of water and get plenty of sleep. Water flushes out the system and sleep is the time when the body repairs itself.

The following is a partial list of ailments the acupuncture can treat. If yours is not on this list please call to find out if Acupuncture is appropriate for you.
Back pain
Bladder problems
Childhood illnesses
Common cold
High blood pressure
High cholesterol
Immune deficiency
Knee pain
Neck pain
Sexual dysfunction
Skin problems


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