Los Angeles Medical Center
3663 W 6th St #308
Los Angeles CA 90020
Office +1 (213) 760-5433
Fax: (213) 380-7047
1) What is acupuncture and how does it work?
-Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world. It originated in China over 2,500 years ago as part of Chinese Medicine.
-According to Chinese Medicine, the body's energy or Qi flows through the body's energy pathways or meridians. A person is healthy when his/her Qi flows smoothly through the meridians and when there is balance of the body's homeostasis. It helps the body to get more out of its own natural healing resources. Our bodies produce a wide range of natural pain relieving substances, natural anti-inflammatory chemistry, hormones, immune system enhancers, all without the need for outside drugs. We don't always get 100% from our inside self-healing resources anymore than we get 100% out of our brains' resources or our muscles' resources. Acupuncture helps us to squeeze more out of our natural ability to heal ourselves in order to get closer to 100% of our full potentials.
-Homeostasis is the state when all the body's functions are working properly.
-Acupuncture uses more than 2,000 acupuncture points to balance the homeostatis of the body.
2) Will Acupuncture cause pain?
-Acupuncture needles are very thin, flexible, sterile, and for single use. Even with skillful needle insertion, the range of sensations patients feel are broad. Also, certain health concerns require the stimulation of acupuncture points that are more sensitive than others.
3) What happens during a treatment?
-When you come into the clinic for the first time, you will be asked to complete a New Patient Questionnaire. But if you completed the questionnaire in the New Patient Welcome Letter at home, then you can simply hand it to the receptionist at the time you arrive for your appointment.
-We will obtain your medical history and conduct your physical exam in a private treatment room. Some articles of clothing may need to be removed to allow access acupuncture points.
-One round of treatment is approximately 20-30 minutes. The number of rounds will depend on your health concern(s). Also, the methods of treatment will depend on you health concern(s).
4) Does Acupuncture have side-effects? How safe is it?
-Acupuncture has virtually no adverse side-effects. Depending on the method, patients may experience headaches and nausea, and slight bruising, redness, and/or inflammation of the stimulated acupuncture point, but these symptoms are temporary. With a well trained, licensed acupuncturist, acupuncture methods are generally safe.
5) Are Chinese Herbs Safe?
-Chinese herbal medicines are generally safe with no long terms side-effects. But with all medications, there may be some side-effects that decrease or disappear after the dosage is reduced or use is discontinued.
-Patients must inform us of all prescribed and over-the-counter medication, supplements, and herbs he/she is taking so as to not to interrupt existing treatment protocols and to avoid adverse drug interactions.
6) Do I need to stop my medications before I start acupuncture treatment?
-There is no need to stop taking prescribed medications for acupuncture to work. We will not advise the discontinued use of prescribed medications contrary to your medical doctor's advice.