Frequently Asked Questions
“You can benefit from acupuncture treatment.”
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient medicinal practice that originated over 3,000 years ago. Acupuncture continues to be commonly administered throughout the world, particularly in Asian countries, to treat and relieve symptoms of a wide range of diseases and conditions. Acupuncture began gaining popularity in the United States during the early 1970s.
Acupuncture is a treatment that involves the insertion of very thin, sterilized needles into specific points of the body to promote the healing process by correcting the flow of your body’s circulation. Acupuncture can be used to treat almost any conceivable ailment or pain. Depending on the problem being treated, acupuncture techniques might also include the application of a gentle electrical current (electro-acupuncture) or heat (Moxibustion) through the needles, and/or pressure (acupressure).
What methods of payment do you accept?
We accept cash and most major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express) via Square. We also accept Flex Savings / Health Savings Cards.
Please note that payment is due at the time of treatment.
Does Acupuncture hurt and is it safe?
Acupuncture needles are very thin and are not painful like hypodermic needles. Needle insertion induces very little if any pain at all. Some patients describe a pinching, grabbing or tingling sensation, whereas other patients describe little or no sensation.
The needles are fine, sterile, disposable, and are NEVER reused on other patients. This decreases the risk of spreading disease from patient-to-patient. It is unprofessional conduct for an acupuncturist to use a needle more than once. Per the California Code of Regulations, Title 16, Section 1399.454.
We only use FDA-approved, single-use needles that have been sterilized by the manufacturer prior to packaging. After your treatment, the needles are disposed of in a “Sharps” medical waste disposal container. Furthermore, the acupuncturist isd nationally certified in Clean Needle Technique by the CCAOM (Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). This is the only national organization that certifies practitioners in Clean Needle Technique for acupuncture. Clean Needle Technique is the standard way in which acupuncture is practiced in order to keep patients and practitioners safe. You can always expect to receive the highest level of care available each time you visit Revitalize Health Acupuncture.
How should I do to prepare for an acupuncture treatment?
• Please arrive 30 minutes in advance to complete all of the required paperwork; alternatively, to save time you may download “New Patient Packet” from our website at www.RevitalizeAcupuncture.com under the “Patient” tab.
• The initial evaluation may take up to 75-90 minutes; follow-up and maintenance appointments generally take between 45-60 minutes.
• Wear loose comfortable clothing with sleeves that can be rolled up to the elbows and pants that can be rolled up to the knees.
• Please eat a little something beforehand. Acupuncture is not recommended on an empty or full stomach. Please do not consume alcoholic beverages at least 8 hours prior to treatment.
• Please refrain from exposing yourself to the elements or to any strenuous activities before or after receiving treatment. Gentle exercise, such as gentle yoga, or walking is best.
What to expect during an Acupuncture treatment?
During the initial Acupuncture session, we will take a thorough history and perform a physical exam, which includes an evaluation of the tongue and pulse. We might ask about the patient’s diet to evaluate his or her nutritional well-being and might recommend changes that include herbal supplements. The first session, which generally takes longer than follow-up appointments, is aimed at creating a treatment plan for the specific conditions and concerns of each patient. During the follow-up appointments, we will reassess the patient’s progress and adjust the treatment plan accordingly. The initial evaluation can take up to 60-90 minutes with follow-up and maintenance appointments taking between 45-60 minutes.
Following each evaluation, the acupuncturist inserts needles at specific acupuncture points related to the patient’s symptoms. Needle insertion induces very little if any pain at all. Some patients describe a pinching, grabbing or tingling sensation, whereas other patients describe little or no sensation. The needles are fine, sterile, disposable, and are NEVER reused on other patients. This decreases the risk of spreading disease from patient-to-patient. The needles are removed at the end of the session.
What can Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture treat?
Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture are holistic and can be used to effectively treat a wide range of conditions. According to the World Health Organization, such conditions include but are not limited to the following:
- Painful periods
- Irregular periods or lack of periods
- Uterine fibroids
- Ovarian cysts
- Migraines and headaches
- Peri-menopausal and menopausal symptoms
- Hormonal imbalance
- Heavy periods, spotting and irregular bleeding
- Support before and after gynecological surgery
- Hormonally-related acne and skin conditions
- Mood issues
- Digestive disorders
What is Fire Cupping?
Fire Cupping is a technique in which the inside of a small glass cup rapidly flamed and then applied to the skin. The temperature difference between the air inside and outside of the cup generates a vacuum suction that draws fluids and stagnating blood upward that is trapped in knotted or densely compacted muscle and connective tissue. When these fluids stagnate they inflame tissues and cause chronic pain. By drawing it to the surface, those fluids are able to re-entered into circulation, and fresh blood and oxygen are able to return and initiate the healing process. Fire Cupping can be used to treat respiratory diseases, such as the common cold, pneumonia, and bronchitis. Cupping also is used on the back, neck, shoulder, and other musculoskeletal conditions. Cupping treatment might result in subcutaneous blemishing, which usually takes 2-4 days to fade.
What is Gua Sha?
Gua Sha involves repeated pressured strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth edged tool. The smooth edge is placed against the pre-oiled skin surface, pressed down firmly, and is then moved down the muscles in order to literally push the blood through the muscle, flush it out, and re-align the connective fascia, free of any knotting. Gua Sha intentionally raises petechiae to prevent and treat acute infectious illness, upper respiratory and digestive problems, and many other acute or chronic disorders. It effectively treats chronic pain and tightness, but is not for the faint of heart. Gua Sha treatment might result in subcutaneous blemishing, which usually takes 2-4 days to fade.
What is Moxibustion?
A Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapy, Moxibustion, also known as the herb, mugwort, is used to warm regions of the body and acupuncture points with the goal of stimulating circulation through the points and improving the flow of blood and Qi (vital energy). Moxibustion involves the burning of mugwort to facilitate healing. Practitioners of TCM use moxibustion to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi and maintain general heath.
Moxibustion can be performed in two ways: direct and indirect. Direct moxibustion involves the placing of a small amount of moxa on the end of an inserted acupuncture needle and burned. Direct moxibustion is when the moxa is lit but extinguished by the acupuncturist before it burns the skin. With indirect moxibustion, one end of a moxa stick is lit, and the practitioner will hold the burning end close to the area being treated for several minutes until the skin becomes warm. Another form of indirect moxibustion is when an acupuncture needle is inserted into a meridian point and retained. The end of the needle is wrapped in moxa and lit. This generates and directs heat to the acupuncture point and the surrounding area. After several minutes, the moxa is extinguished, and the needle is removed. Whether direct or indirect, the practice of moxibustion should not result in any pain or blistering.
The goal of moxibustion to enhance and smooth the flow of blood through the body’s meridian points. Acupuncturists believe that disease and other debilitating conditions are the result of a block in the flow of Qi or energy, and this blockage needs to be resolved in order to initiate healing. Moxibustion is commonly used in the treatment of colds and other conditions that are characterized by a lack of circulation.
Moxibustion can also reduce symptoms of menstrual cramps.