15 Croxton Avenue Oakland, CA 94611 (510) 654-6500

"Through acupuncture, itís helped ease the pain and I can do more of things that I like to do."

Hamid - Neck/Shoulder Pain

Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is the insertion of thin, disposable stainless steel needles through the skin at specific sites to regulate the body´s qi, i.e. oxygen, blood circulation, nerve impulses, hormones, etc. According to Traditional Chinese Medical Theory, qi flows throughout the body in a network of channels and vessels. Acupuncture serves to harmonize and distribute the qi to areas of the body that contain blockages or deficiencies in order to facilitate the healing process.
Is acupuncture painful?
We use sterile, single use, disposable needles. Acupuncture needles are very fine, about a hairís width, and when inserted by a skilled practitioner cause minimal to no pain. These needles are much smaller than the hollow hypodermic needles used by western medical practitioners. When the needle is inserted, the patient may feel nothing or a slight pinching sensation. Any pain should subside within a few seconds after insertion. Sensation after needle insertion varies widely. Heaviness, tingling, and pulsing sensations around the needle or elsewhere in the body are common experiences which indicate the activation of acupuncture points and the movement of qi and blood in the vessels.
What should I feel during and after treatments?
During the treatment, the experience varies depending upon the nature of the condition. Some patients feel relaxed, others feel energized. Many patients will go to sleep, while others will enter into a meditative state. After the treatment, most patients experience immediate relief, but sometimes it takes up to 24 Ė 48 hours.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments you will need depends upon your bodyís response to acupuncture, and upon the duration, severity, and nature of your condition. Some acute conditions may take as few as one treatment while chronic conditions could take as many as 10 Ė 20 treatments. As the patient, you have the right to expect that your primary complaint will be addressed and treated in a direct and timely manner.
What should I expect?
  1. Please arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
  2. The initial visit will consist of a thorough evaluation, including tongue and pulse diagnosis, to discuss your health history and your chief complaints. The first visit is purely diagnostic; no acupuncture treatment will be given during this visit unless there is a very acute situation. We do this because we feel that itís extremely important to perform a comprehensive intake and thus be able to formulate a more accurate Chinese Medical Diagnosis and treatment plan.
  3. Please fill out the Health History Intake Form before coming in and bring a complete list of all the medications you are currently taking.
Any other general recommendations?
  • Please wear loose, comfortable clothing that can be rolled above your knees and elbows.
  • Please do not come on an empty stomach: eat at least 30 minutes before your appointment.
  • Please do not wear cologne, perfume, etc., because many people are allergic to scents.
  • Please come prepared to rest and enjoy your treatment!
What conditions does acupuncture effectively treat?
Currently, the NIH has determined that acupuncture is effective in treating over 40 different disease categories. Following is a list of illnesses and conditions for which acupuncture has been proven to be effective. It is possible to treat these and many other conditions with acupuncture and Chinese medicine:
  • Addictions
  • Allergies
  • Ankle Swelling
  • Arm and Shoulder Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Back Pain
  • Bed Wetting
  • Blood Pressure
  • Bronchial Conditions
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Circulatory Issues
  • Colds
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • Depression
  • Detox
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticulitis
  • Dizziness
  • Emphysema
  • Fatigue
  • Feet
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Flu
  • Gall Bladder Disorders
  • Gas
  • Gynecological Concerns
  • Hay Fever
  • Headache
  • Heart Problems
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hip Pain
  • Immune System Deficiency
  • Indigestion
  • Infertility
  • Injuries
  • Insomnia
  • Joint Pain
  • Kidney Problems
  • Knee Pain
  • Leg Pain, Cramps
  • Liver Problems
  • Neck Pain, Stiffness
  • Nervousness
  • Neuralgia
  • Pain
  • Pleurisy
  • PMS
  • Pregnancy Symptoms
  • Prostate Problems
  • Rheumatism
  • Sciatica
  • Shingles
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sinus Trouble
  • Skin Problems
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stomach Problems
  • Sore Throat
  • Thyroid Conditions
  • Ulcers
  • Urinary Problems
  • Whiplash

If you are wondering if acupuncture can help you with a different or specific condition, you can call our clinic or Complete our online form to speak with one of the acupuncturists directly.