Acupuncture FAQs

Encinitas Acupuncture

What is Chinese Medicine?

Chinese medicine has been practiced for over 4,000 years and is used extensively throughout the world. It is a system in which the entire body is treated, not just the symptoms. The goal is to attain balance between the body’s two forces, yin and yang, thereby achieving and maintaining good health.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a simple procedure in which needles are gently placed in specific places in the body to balance the body’s energy, called “qi” (pronounced “chee”). From a western standpoint, acupuncture points (or “nodes”) are small areas which can access blood circulation, nerves, muscles and even the hormonal system.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

No. A very gentle needling technique is used and the sensation experienced from an acupuncture needle is nothing like that of a hypodermic needle. In fact, acupuncture needles are one-tenth the thickness of hypodermic needles. Most patients do not mind the needles and love coming in for their treatments. The needles are 100% sterile and are disposed of after the first use.

How does Acupuncture work?

Acupuncture has been around for over 4,000 years, and works on the principals of the flow of qi (energy), and the balance of yin and yang in the body. Qi moves through acupuncture points which are organized into meridians. Acupuncture helps “move the qi” through the meridian system, helping to eliminate energy blockages or to bring more energy to any particular area in the body. According to western medicine, acupuncture promotes circulation, affects hormones, affects the blood, muscles, bones and nerves, and reduces inflammation. While acupuncture affects all of these things, it does much more. The acupuncture point prescription your acupuncturist uses for you directs your qi to whatever areas need it the most.

Is there anything I need to do before receiving an Acupuncture treatment?

Yes, the following suggestions will help you get the maximum benefits from your treatment:

  • Make sure to eat something light an hour or two before arriving
  • Wear loose fitting clothes
  • Bring a list of medications you are taking

What are the differences between a doctor who does acupuncture and a licensed acupuncturist?

The main difference is the number of training hours. A doctor only needs 200 hours, while an acupuncturist takes over 4,000 hours of training. To find out more and get the facts check out:

What can Acupuncture treat?

The World Health Organization of the United Nations has identified over 40 medical conditions which are effectively treated with acupuncture (click here to view conditions). Acupuncture is known for treating pain conditions such as migraines, sciatica, low back pain, and indigestion. It also treats gynecological problems such as PMS, infertility, and menopause. Acupuncture is especially effective in areas where Western Medicine is not effective, such as viral infections and chronic conditions. + More

What can I expect at my first treatment?

Upon arriving for your first visit, you will complete a simple questionnaire providing details about your condition. You will discuss your answers privately with your acupuncturist. In Chinese medicine, the diagnostic system is different from that of western medicine. It includes an examination of your tongue, taking your pulses, and a few other simple observations. After looking at the whole “picture”, a diagnosis will be arrived at, which will determine what point prescription and modalities will be used.

How many treatments will it take to get results?

The number of treatments needed to get results will depend on the severity of your condition, and how long you have had the condition. An average course of acupuncture treatments could range from 8 to 15. Some conditions warrant less treatment, some may require more.