Frequently Asked Questions

Are you licensed and board certified?

Yes, I have both Arizona and California licenses, and am nationally certified through NCCAOM.

How long have you been doing this?

40 years to date (2016). I am one of the first Western practitioners to be licensed in America.

What is acupuncture? How does it work?

Acupuncture is part of a complete system of medical care known as Traditional Chinese Medicine; over one-third of the world’s population still relies on Chinese Medicine for its primary health care. The other branches of this system include the use of medicinal herbs, therapeutic exercise, nutrition and massage.
Acupuncture has an extremely long history of clinical effectiveness for a wide range of diseases; today, new research using Western scientific methods verifies acupuncture’s curative powers. In 1997, the National Institute of Health released a highly favorable report on the clinical efficacy of acupuncture, showing it can reduce pain, balance hormonal, endorphin, and neurotransmitter levels; gastric ph, blood sugar, blood pressure and increase red and white blood cells.

In China today, there are many hospitals which specialize in acupuncture and herbs. It also is becoming increasingly popular in the Europe and the United States as an effective alternative or adjunct to Western medicine.

Acupuncture treatment is based upon the principle that any symptom or disease is caused by an underlying imbalance or weakness of function in the body. The underlying condition is always considered most important in determining a diagnosis. By correcting whatever weakened or imbalanced function is present, the body’s ability to heal itself is improved. Using this approach, health is restored with lasting results as long as the patient is willing to make appropriate changes to support this process.

Because acupuncture treatment can strengthen organ function, it is often given to improve performance and prevent disease. As acupuncture treatments usually produce a feeling of deep relaxation and well-being, many patients return for regular “tune-up” treatments after their original complaint is gone.

What are acupuncture points?

Acupuncture points lie upon lines of energy which are known as “meridians”. There are 72 different meridians which together form a circular and continuous network of electromagnetic energy flowing throughout the body.

The meridian network is like a detailed map of the energy body. The Chinese word for this energy is “Qi” (pronounced chee) and the Qi follows the pathways of the meridians to all the tissues in the body.

The ancient Chinese discovered that the uninhibited and balanced flow of Qi is essential for good health. In disease, the Qi becomes blocked or out of balance, which leads to abnormal changes in the tissues and impaired functioning of the organs. The stimulation of acupuncture points – whether by needles, burning herbs, laser or massage – corrects abnormalities in the Qi circulation to restore health.

Does it hurt?

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. The following is a partial list of imbalances acupuncture and Chinese medicine has been effective in treating:

  • Addiction – drug, alcohol, smoking
  • Allergies
  • Allergy Rhinitis
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchial Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Colitis
  • Common Cold
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive Trouble
  • Dizziness
  • Elbow Pain
  • Emotional Problems
  • Eye Problems
  • Facial Palsy/tics
  • Facial Rejuvenation
  • Fatigue
  • Fertility
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gingivitis
  • Headache
  • Hiccough
  • Hip Pain
  • Incontinence
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Knee Pain
  • Low back pain
  • Menopause
  • Mentral irregularities
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Morning Sickness
  • Nausea
  • Neck Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain Management
  • PMS
  • Pneumonia
  • Quit Smoking
  • Reproductive Problem
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sciatica Lumbago
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Sore Throat
  • Sports Injury
  • Stress
  • Stroke
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tooth Pain
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Vomiting
  • Weight Control
  • Weight Loss
  • Wrist Pain

This is truly only a partial list of what conditions can benefit from acupuncture. Feel free to call me for a free phone consultation regarding your condition: 928-204-0595

Does it really work? Do I have to believe in it for it to work?

Acupuncture has been proven to work successfully on animals as well as people! There are entire specialties of veterinary acupuncture for horses, dogs and cats. I don’t think animals can be hypnotized, nor are they asked to believe in acupuncture. This is NOT the placebo effect.

What happens during a treatment?

After you fill out the questionnaire we will go into a private treatment room and discuss your condition, and answer any questions you may have. Then I will conduct a traditional Chinese medical exam, including, palpating your pulse at the wrist, examining your tongue, and palpating some reflex areas on your back and abdomen, and whatever else is needed depending on your condition (e.g. joint mobility tests).

You will then receive a specific acupuncture treatment based on your diagnosis. Treatment will last between 20-40 minutes.

How many treatments will I need?

Acupuncture is most beneficial when given in a series of treatments, because the effects are cumulative. As one improves, appointments are made at progressively longer intervals. Depending on the individual, a course of treatment may last several weeks, several months or longer for chronic conditions.

The length of time it takes to get satisfactory results is proportional to the severity and length of the illness. Age is also a factor, as younger patients often respond more quickly than older ones. The more you can readjust your life to create conditions conducive to regaining and maintaining health, the faster and better you will heal.

Soon after the first few treatments, it is most common to experience periods of relief from symptoms. Although this initial improvement may be temporary and last only a few days, it is an indication that the treatments will be successful. With further sessions these periods of relief become longer, and more symptoms improve until the original symptoms are gone.

Does acupuncture have side-effects? Is it safe?

Administered by a skilled practitioner, acupuncture is absolutely safe, with no negative side-effects. Sometimes, there is an initial worsening of symptoms, which is part of the healing process, usually followed rapidly by a lasting improvement and deep relaxation.

Are the herbs safe?

All herbal medicines in my clinic are GMP certified (Good Manufacturing Process), a higher level of purity than required by the FDA. I have been administering herbal medicines to my patients for over 30 years, and have taught Chinese herbology on the post-graduate level.

Herbal medicines are inexpensive, and greatly enhance acupuncture treatments.

Do I have to stop my medication before starting treatments?

Absolutely not! In fact, that can be dangerous. It often happens that one’s medication can be reduced and eventually eliminated with the aid of Chinese medicine, but that is done with the guidance from your primary care physician.

Is it OK for children?

Not only is it OK – children respond even faster than adults to acupuncture and herbs! From everything from asthma to digestive upsets, the results are often miraculous! And for the very young and needle-phobic, I employ a needleless infrared laser.

Do I need a referral from my doctor?

No, though there are a few insurance companies and worker’s compensation that may require one.

Does acupuncture treat flu and cold?

Absolutely! One of acupuncture’s fortes is to strengthen the immune system. And there are many herbs in the pharmacopeia that have proven anti-viral and anti-bacterial actions. You can often stop a cold in its tracks with a timely session.

Is it good for weight loss, sugar cravings, or smoking cessation?

Yes! Of course, it is not a miracle cure, but Chinese medicine helps to balance blood sugar, strengthen one’s resolve, and reduce cravings for sugar, carbs, and nicotine. Often just a few sessions are needed. In between sessions, I offer my clients acupressure pellets taped over special points on the ear auricle. It really helps!

Do you give nutritional or other lifestyle advice?

Yes. All the best acupuncture can be undone by too much ice cream and couch potato-ism!
I like to see gradual permanent changes in my clients’ diets and exercise programs, rather than strict “fads” that can’t be sustained for long.

Do you recommend vitamins and other supplements? Can I buy supplements from you?

I mostly carry a complete line of inexpensive Chinese herbal formulas for every occasion, which I dispense individually based on one’s unique diagnosis. However, there are a few very special supplements I also carry (such as nattokinase) or recommend to my clients that can be obtained from local health food stores (such as krill oil).