Frequently Ask Questions

Does acupuncture hurt ?

This is the most common question that people ask because many of us have anxiety about

needles. Acupuncture needles are nothing like the hypodermic needles used to draw blood.

They are extremely thin and flexible. In fact, they are sterile, single use and made of stainless steel. While some acupuncture points may be more sensitive than others, most people may barely feel them upon insertion, and are usually pleasantly surprised at how pain free and relaxing the treatment really is.

What does it treat ?

  • Musculoskeletal issues such as, neck, shoulder, back pain

  • Gastrointestinal complaints

  • Stress

  • Fatigue

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Headaches

  • Premenstrual syndrome


The World Health Organization has identified more than 40 conditions for which acupuncture may be helpful. The panel found one of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than those of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions.

Are Chinese herbs safe ?

Chinese herbs are very safe when prescribed correctly by a properly trained practitioner. Over the centuries, herbalists have compiled detailed information about these herbs and placed great emphasis on the protection of the patient. In California, acupuncturists are licensed health care professionals who are required to be trained and tested for competency in prescribing herbal medicine. The California Acupuncture Board strongly recommends consulting an acupuncturist before beginning any herbal therapy. It is also important to inform both your physician and your acupuncturist about all of the drugs, herbs, and other supplements you are currently taking. In this way, they can properly monitor and prevent any adverse reaction.

What are the side effects ?

In most cases there is little to no side effects. There can be occasional bruising or bleeding (a drop or so).

How long is a typical treatment ?

A typical session lasts 45 to 50 minutes with the exception of the initial intake, which can take up to 90 minutes with the treatment.

What will my acupuncturist do during my visit ?

During the initial exam a full health history will be taken. There will be questions regarding your symptoms, health, nutrition and lifestyle. Your acupuncturist may do any of the following: check your pulses, look at your tongue and conduct a physical exam.

From these findings, your acupuncturist will put together a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Appropriate methods will be applied based on the condition.

Is acupuncture safe ?

Acupuncture is an extremely safe form of healthcare when provided by a licensed professional. The State of California requires licensed acupuncturists to use sterile, single use, disposable needles.

Furthermore, acupuncturists in California are required to be certified in Clean Needle Technique before sitting for the state licensing exam.

How many treatments will I need ?

Since each person is unique and responds differently to treatment, the number of treatments will vary. Among the determining factors are the nature, severity, and history of your complaint, as well as your age and overall health. Usually one or two treatments per week are necessary when first starting out with acupuncture.

In some cases, symptoms will improve very rapidly with acupuncture and herbs. As a general rule, chronic problems require treatment for several weeks or longer while acute problems tend to respond much faster. As in any form of medical care, the patient's, diet, attitude, and lifestyle will affect the outcome and course of treatment.

What is Chinese herbal medicine ?

Chinese herbal medicine has been practiced for thousands of years, and has continued to develop as research points to new ways herbal medicine can help in healing, health and well-being. The materia medica of Traditional Chinese Medicine consists of over 500 single herbs mostly coming from plants, seeds, berries, roots, leaves, flowers and bark. Every herb has multiple functions and is categorized according to taste, temperature and main use. Single herbs work synergistically when they are combined into formulas . At Nations Acupuncture, Chinese herbal formulas are prescribed for each individual patient based on diagnostic patterns and principles.

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