Q. What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of treatments from Traditional Chinese Medicine. It’s an
effective form of medical treatment that has evolved into a complete and
holistic medical system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have
used this noninvasive treatment method to diagnose and help millions of people
get well and stay healthy.
Acupuncture promotes natural healing. It can enhance
recuperative power and immunity, support physical and emotional health, and
improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective
way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.
Are acupuncturists required to use disposable needles?
A. Yes. It is unprofessional conduct for
an acupuncturist to use a needle more than once. California Code of
Regulations, Title 16, Section 1399.454. In A Choice Health Center, every
needle we use is brand new.
Do you take insurance? Will my insurance cover acupuncture treatment?
A. We accept Workers’ Compensation, Auto
Insurance and most health care insurances which have Acupuncture coverage (please
click here to see details).
Q. Do I need a referral
from my regular doctor to see an acupuncturist?
A. An acupuncturist is considered a
primary care provider and a referral may or may not be required for insurance
purposes. You can contact your insurance company to verify it, or you can
provide us the necessary information and we’ll verify it for you.
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
A. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is
considered a natural, holistic medical system. TCM considers that most
human disease and disorders result from conflict or fighting between disease
causing factors (pathogens, chemicals, stress) and the ability of the human
body (immunity, actively functioning internal organs) to fight off these
pathogenic factors. The human body’s ability to fight disease, comes from
maintaining internal Yin-Yang balance (homeostasis), good energy flow (Qi) and
optimal blood circulation. If the balance of the body is impaired, the
internal organs will be weakened and their functions impaired. If the
energy flow and blood circulation are obstructed, internal waste and toxins can
accumulate in the body that promote disease and dysfunction.
Chinese medicine is a broad range of medicine practices sharing common concepts
which have been developed in China and are based on a tradition of more than
5,000 years, including various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage
(Tui na), exercise (qigong), and dietary therapy.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is especially effective for
chronic and functional diseases. In particular, it is highly effective for the
treatment and management of chronic muscular-skeletal pain. Chinese medicine is
often used in combination with conventional medical drugs for the management of
chronic pain. Functional diseases that are often successfully managed by Chinese
medicine include diabetes, organ failure, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism,
cancer, and asthma.
Traditional Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture is in concern the need to eliminate
the fundamental causes of illness, not simply to remove symptoms. More and more
American people get in treatments from practitioners of TCM
What will you do?
A. A Choice Health Center is a
clinic of Acupuncture and Herbs: we provide the clinic services as follows: Evaluation
and Diagnoses in TCM Principle; Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbs which is
specially made per every patient’s condition; Acupuncture; Electro acupuncture;
Cupping; Moxibustion; Acupressure; Dietary Therapy; Exercises – Tai Ji, Qi Gong.
Why does my acupuncturist want to feel my pulse?
A. There are twelve pulse positions on
each wrist that your acupuncturist will palpate. Each position corresponds to a
specific meridian and organ. Your acupuncturist will be looking for
twenty-seven individual qualities that reflect overall health. If there are any
problems, they may appear in the pulse.
Why does my acupuncturist want to look at my tongue?
A. The tongue is a map of the body. It
reflects the general health of the organs and meridians. Your acupuncturist
will look at the color, shape, cracks and coating on your tongue.
Why does my acupuncturist recommend herbs?
can be a powerful adjunct to acupuncture care. They are used to strengthen,
build and support the body or to clear it of excess problems like a cold, fever
or acute pain. Your practitioner may suggest starting with herbs and then
adding acupuncture to your treatment in the future. This is suggested to build
up your internal strength so you can receive the full benefits acupuncture has