What is Acupuncture and Moxibustion?
Acupuncture is a natural traditional form of ancient Chinese Medicine. It treats disease, illnesses, injuries, and other conditions by insertion of needles to stimulate a single point or a combination
of points to energize the body's functions and its own natural healing abilities. This in turn generates
a transformation of energy flow promoting a smooth flow of qi and blood, and rids the body of
blockages and stagnations that cause disease, injuries, other conditions, and stress in life. Moxibustion is heat from the burning of mugwort applied to Acupuncture points, as needles are.
Moxa eliminates pathogens and combined with Acupuncture, promotes energies that generate
strength in our immune systems, help prevent disease, and achieve longevity.
Do the needles hurt?
Acupuncture is rarely painful, although at times, with the initial contact between the needle and
the Acupunture point, it is not uncommon to feel a "slight sensation". The needles used are
single-use and are made from extremely thin stainless steel.
Is it safe?
Yes, if performed by a trained licensed Acupuncturist. Licensed Acupuncturists are highly trained
in all aspects of Acupuncture to ensure patient safety.
What is cupping?
Cupping therapy is usually performed with glass cups. A cotton ball is soaked in alcohol and lit on fire. The fire is placed inside the cups and removed. Then the cup is quickly placed on the skin. The cup sticks to the skin, and pulls a little on the skin. This suction acts to draw out what is called stagnant energy from inside the body and bring it to the surface where it can be released. It is used in areas such as the back, shoulders, forearms, and the abdominal area when the muscles are very tight or
there is discomfort from pain. Patients find that it relaxes these areas. Cupping often leaves a
circular "bruise-like mark" where the cup was. Depending on the person, these marks can last
a few days to about one week.
How much does it cost?
Initial visit: $85 - $120
Follow-up visits: $65 - $85
Herbs: $5 - $15 per bag.
Sliding Scale: Yes
Will my insurance cover acupuncture?
Most insurance companies provide Acupuncture benefits. Contact your insurance provider to learn
what type of alternative care is covered and how many visits are allowed per calendar year.
Accepted Insurance Plans:
ACN Group of California
American Specialty Health
Anthem BlueCross and/or BlueShield
TriWest Healthcare Alliance
Please ask about your health
insurance coverage when you
arrange your first visit