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What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system.  An acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body.  This activates the body’s Qi and promotes natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity and physical and emotional health.  It can also improve overall function and well-being.  It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.

What will my acupuncturist do?

During the initial exam, a full health history will be taken. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. We may also check your pulses and tongue and may conduct a physical exam. This information is then organized to create a complete, accurate and comprehensive diagnosis of where Qi has become blocked or imbalanced. After the interview process, you may receive an acupuncture treatment. Visits with your acupuncturist may last from thirty to ninety minutes.

Do the needles hurt?

The sensation caused by an acupuncture needle varies. Some people feel a little pain as the needles are inserted but most people feel no pain at all. The needles are tiny, just a little larger than a cat’s whisker or a human hair.

How safe is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all natural, drug free therapy, yielding no side effects except feelings of relaxation and wellbeing. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once, and then discarded.

What can acupuncture treat?

  • Addiction – alcohol, drugs, smoking
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Colitis
  • Common cold
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive trouble
  • Dizziness
  • Dysentery
  • Emotional problems
  • Eye problems
  • Facial palsy/tics
  • Fertility
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hiccough
  • Incontinence
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Low back pain
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Migraine
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain
  • PMS
  • Pneumonia
  • Rhinitis
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Smoking cessation
  • Stress
  • Tennis elbow
  • Tooth pain
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Vomiting
  • Wrist pain
  • And more

Is acupuncture regulated?

The State of California has the highest standards of licensure in the nation. Acupuncturists are required to have graduated with a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from a four year accredited acupuncture and herbal medical program in the United States. The state also requires that practitioners pass the California State Acupuncture Licensing Examination.

Chinese Herbs and Dietary Supplements

Chinese herbs are one of the five branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Much like acupuncture, Chinese herbs are utilized to promote natural healing, relieve symptoms and cure imbalances in the body. Herbs can come in many forms such as raw teas, granules, liquid extracts and pills.

At San Marcos Acupuncture Clinic & Wellness Center, we may prescribe Chinese herbs or dietary supplements to aid in your healing. Most herbs prescribed are capsules, chosen for their effectiveness, ease and potency. All herbs used in San Marcos Acupuncture Clinic & Wellness Center are purchased from companies adhering to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

Dietary Therapy

Dietary therapy is one of the five branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine. By altering the diet, patients can increase the effectiveness of their treatments. Based on the principles of Chinese Medicine, we may ask that patients increase consumption of certain foods while decreasing or eliminating others.

What does Qi Gong do?

Qi Gong strengthens muscles, tendons and ligaments and develops strength and flexibility of the torso and spine. Qi Gong helps build a strong root, improves your stability and increases your muscular endurance. As Qi (energy) builds up in the limbs, it then flows to the internal organs, nourishing them with Qi and improving vitality. Qi Gong trains you to be soft, relaxed and coordinated. It also promotes smooth Qi flow and builds robust health and longevity.

What does Yoga do?

Yoga improves flexibility, balance and muscle tone. It assists in stress reduction, a more focused mind and better sleep. Yoga also lowers blood pressure, improves heart health, reduces cholesterol levels and reduces pain.

Beginners to advanced students are welcome. In the yoga class, you will be guided to move at your own pace honoring your body’s needs in each movement.

What about insurance coverage?

Many insurance plans include acupuncture treatment in their policies. Please call San Marcos Acupuncture Clinic & Wellness Center and we will be happy to contact your insurance provider on your behalf. Some plans that do not routinely cover acupuncture may pay for treatments if they are recommended by a physician. San Marcos Acupuncture Clinic & Wellness Center is a provider for many traditional PPO plans. Acupuncturists are currently covered under the California State Worker’s Compensation and Veterans Administration.