Adult post-operative and chemotherapy nausea/vomiting
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Low back pain
Menstrual cramps
Myofacial pain
Post-operative dental pain
Stroke rehabilitation
Tennis elbow

Common conditions treatable by Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture, as outlined by the WHO:

Acute and chronic colitis
Acute and chronic gastritis
Acute and chronic pharyngitis
Acute bacillary dysentery
Acute bronchitis
Acute conjunctivitis
Acute duodenal ulcer (without complications)
Acute rhinitis
Acute sinusitis
Acute tonsillitis
Bronchial asthma (most effective in children 
 and in patients without complicating diseases)
Cataract (without complications)
Central retinitis
Cervicobrachial syndrome
Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)
Common Cold
Disorders of the Eye
Disorders of the Mouth
Facial palsy (early stage, i.e., 
 within three to six months)
"Frozen shoulder"
Gastric hyperacidity
Gastrointestinal Disorders

Other benefits:
Increased vitality and energy
Stress reduction
Skin rejuvenation
Weight control

How deep are needles inserted?
Needle insertion generally ranges from 1/4 inch to 1 inch in depth. The depth of insertion depends upon the nature of the problem, location of points selected, patients' size, age and constitution.

Are the needles clean?
Yes, we use sterilized, individually packaged, disposable/single-use needles.

How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (energy) and blood through specific meridians or pathways that cover the body like the nerves and blood vessels do. According to these theories, acupuncture draws Qi to areas that are deficient and away from areas that are stagnant, regulating and restoring balance. learn more

How many treatments will I need?
That depends on the duration, severity and nature of your complaint. For acute conditions fewer treatments are necessary, where as chronic conditions generally require more time. Five to ten treatments are recommended for most patients at which time we re-evaluate and set a follow-up schedule that suits the need of the patient.

Is there anything I need to do before receiving an acupuncture treatment?
Try to have a small meal or snack within 1-2 hours before your treatment. Having a treatment on an empty stomach can make one feel light-headed or fatigued afterward. Also, try to wear loose comfortable clothing.

What can I expect to feel after the treatment?
Most patients experience some form of relief from their pain or other symptoms. This relief may last, or some pain may return. In a few cases there may be no immediate relief, but your symptoms may diminish over the next couple of days. Generally, one should expect to feel better after a treatment.

How is Chinese herbal medicine used?
Chinese herbal medicine is a holistic approach to healing which focuses on an individual's pattern and disease diagnosis. Your pattern is made up of your signs and symptoms, your emotional temperament and the overall constitution of your body. A patient receives a custom herbal formula designed to treat their individual pattern as well as their underlying symptoms.

Are all herbal ingredients vegetable in origin?
Chinese herbal medicine may include vegetable, animal and mineral ingredients; however, the majority of ingredients are from vegetable sources. Typical herbs are derived from the following categories: leaves, flowers, branches, stems, roots, tubers, rhizomes and bark. We never use endangered species; if you are concerned please speak with your practitioner.

Do all the herbs come from China?
No. Chinese herbs have been adopted and incorporated into the Chinese materia medica from all over the world. What makes these ingredients "Chinese herbs" is that they are prescribed based on the fundamental principles of Chinese medical theory.

How are herbal formulas taken?
The most common method of taking Chinese herbal medicine is in decoction tea form, prepared by boiling the selected raw herbs. Herbal pills, and granular (powder) extracts are also very common forms of Chinese herbal medicine.

What are the differences between herbal decoctions, pills and granular extracts?
Decoctions are the strongest form of herbal preparation and allows the practitioner the most flexibility in preparing a custom prescription for a patient. Granules are powdered herbal extractions best used for patients with little time to cook a decoction. Pills are the mildest from of herbal medicine. Any of these forms of medicine can be administered for either acute or chronic conditions. Speak with your practitioner about the best approach for you.

Do Chinese herbal medicines have side effects?
Most of the components of formulas have a very low toxicity compared to even common, over-the-counter Western drugs. When they are prescribed according to a correct Chinese medicine pattern diagnosis they should have few, if any, side effects, only beneficial healing results. If you experience any discomfort while taking Chinese herbal medicine, tell your practitioner who will modify the formula until there are no side effects. learn more

What is Chinese herbal medicine good for?
Chinese herbal medicine treats the full range of diseases. It is commonly used to treat:

  * acute disease, like intestinal flu and the common cold

  * chronic diseases such as allergies, gynecological disorders, 
     auto-immune disorders and chronic viral disorders.

  * degenerative diseases due to aging.

Chinese herbal medicine is especially good for promoting the body's ability to heal and recover from illness. learn more

Can pregnant women take Chinese herbs?
Yes. A trained practitioner can write prescriptions that are appropriate for pregnant women and lactating mothers.

Can children take Chinese herbal medicines?
Yes. Pediatrics is a specialty within Chinese medicine and children can be given reduced dosages. There are also specially prepared pediatric medicines in pill and powder form. Chinese herbal medicine can treat a wide range of common ailments that affect babies and children; including colic, teething, earache, diarrhea, cough and fever.

How long does it take to see results with Chinese herbal medicine?
In acute conditions, results may occur in a matter of minutes. In chronic conditions, some results should be seen within two weeks. Chronic conditions may require taking herbal medicines for a long period of time. Signs that the medicine is working should be apparent to the patient and the practitioner alike almost from the very start.

Headache and migraine
Intercostal neuralgia
Low back pain
Meniere's disease
Myopia (in children)
Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
Neurological and Musculo-skeletal Disorders
Nocturnal enuresis
Paralytic ileus
Pareses following a stroke
Peripheral neuropathies
Respiratory System
Sequelae of poliomyelitis (early stage, i.e,
 within six months)
Spasms of esophagus and cardia
"Tennis elbow"
Toothache, post-extraction pain
Trigeminal neuralgia
Upper Respiratory Tract

Smoking cessation
Pain control
Regulates heart rate
Lowers BP
Boosts immune function
F A Q 
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into the body at specific points shown to be effective in the treatment of problems. These points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of 3000 years and recently have been confirmed through electromagnetic research. 

What problems can be treated by acupuncture?
The NIH consensus statement in November 1997 listed the following ailments as responding well to acupuncture treatment:

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