Can anyone be an acupuncturist? Acupuncture is a safe and effective way to treat disease and illness when performed by a fully licensed practitioner. Unlike dry needling practitioners who are certified after 100-200 hours, acupuncturists licensed in California go through a Masters program with an accredited University with over 3,000 hours of training in Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine Theory, Acupuncture, Clinical Medicine & Training, and Complementary Studies. A minimum of 350 patient hours and passing of strict progress reviews are required before being allowed to graduate. California acupuncturists are then required by law to pass the California State Board Exam, relicensure every 2 years, and have a mandate of a minimum of 50 hours of continuing education as part of every relicensure. In other words, just at the graduation point, California acupuncturists have undertaken a rigorous educational program with hours of hands-on experience that ensures that you are safe and given the best that our profession can offer while under our care.
Voodoo? Acupuncture is not witchcraft (no offense to witchcraft) or all in the mind. Not only are we endorsed by the World Health Organization (http://www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org/who-official-position/), but there are countless studies out that that point to the efficacy of acupuncture in treating a myriad of symptoms and diseases. In many cases, the outcomes of acupuncture outweigh the benefits of mainstream medicine, and in many cases acupuncture used in conjunction with conventional medicine have increased benefits for the patient in terms of outcome, pain reduction, and ease of recovery.
Needles: The most common misconception about Chinese Medicine is that it is all needles. And to be fair, a very powerful piece of the medicine *is* the needle insertion into acupuncture points on the body. Chinese Medicine incorporates so much more. At my office, you will have access to herbal plasters, liniments, soaks, guasha (“graston”), cupping, bleeding, electro-stimulation, and moxa. I also incorporate tuina massage and Craniosacral Therapy (not part of Chinese Medicine but has theoretical similarities). Based on your presentation, you can trust that on each visit, I will determine which modalities will work best for you that day for your condition.
How long will it take? Acupuncture should be used regularly as part of any wellness program, but my ultimate goal is to get you out of pain and send you home with the tools to maintain and heal yourself. The best way to explain acupuncture is that it is like taking your medicine. Regular, consistent doses is what is typically needed to reach your health goals. This means weekly or bi-weekly and consistent appointments to achieve the best benefits. Response time will vary based on your constitution, the acuteness or chronicity of your problem, as well as your participation in your own healing process. While some may experience significant and satisfactory benefits in 1 or 2 visits, another may need 10 or more. More severe cases can even take from 6 months to over a year for complete relief.
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