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Frequently Asked Questions

Acupuncture FAQ      

What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture consists of stimulating points on the skin by the insertion of 
needles, application of heat (moxibustion), Tuina (massage), Meridian Scraping, Cupping or a combination of these.

How does it work?
For thousands of years, Chinese medicine has recognized that energy 
imbalance is the root of illness. By  treating certain skin points, sometimes
located far from the site of the symptoms, the acupuncturist can treat diseases
by balancing body energy. This adjusts blood flow, nervous tone, hormone 
level and the functions of the organs. 

How is it done?
Acupuncture uses extremely thin, flexible sterile needles made of stainless 
steel. There is nothing special in the needle- it is a tool to balance body energy. There is often brief pain like a mosquito bite) as the needle passes through the skin. As the needle begins to work and the energy changes, there may be numbness, heat, dull aching or tingling.

Is it safe?

Acupuncture bas been used for over 3,000 years in  China. It is still the treatment of choice for one-fourth of the world’s population despite 40 years of comparison to Western medicine. Most side effects are minor and may include occasional dizziness, especially during the first treatment, or slight bleeding after the needles are withdrawn. 

How long do treatments take?
Treatments usually lasts from 30-60 minutes. The first visit consists of the initial 
intake (history of your condition, oriental medical exam and treatment plan). 
Subsequent visits consist of ongoing evaluation and treatment. 

What conditions does it treat?
The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture and traditional Oriental medicines ability to treat over 43 disorders including:

   - Respiratory Disorders  asthma, emphysema, bronchitis sinusitis and

   - Gastrointestinal Disorders  food allergies, peptic ulcers, chronic diarrhea,
      constipation, indigestion, gastrointestinal weakness,  anorexia and gastritis.

   - Gynecological Disorders irregular, heavy or painful menstruation, infertility
      in women and men, and premenstrual syndrome.

   - Urogenital Disorders stress incontinence, urinary tract infections, and sexual
      l dysfunction. 

   - Neurological and Musculoskeletal Disorders  arthritis, migraine, headaches,
      neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness and lower back, neck and shoulder pain.

   - Emotional and Psychological disorders depression and anxiety.

   - Addictions  Including alcohol, nicotine and drugs.

   - Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders

   - Supportive Therapy for other chronic and painful debilitating disorders.

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Chinese Herbology FAQ


What is Chinese Herbology?

How do I know which Chinese Herbs are good for me?

In what form do Chinese Herbs come?

Are Chinese Herbs good for everyone?

Can I take Chinese herbs with my regular medication?

Is taking daily vitamins which contain Chinese Herbs a good idea?

Who practices Chinese Herbal Medicine?



Chinese herbology is a system of herbal treatment, it is not applied in the way that most herbs and medicines are used in our Western world. For example, all medicines (including herbal medicines) under western schools of thought are used because they are known to produce certain effects. St. John's Wort and Prozac are used for depression because they are both known to counter depression in the human body. Chinese Herbal Medicine was developed as an integral part of Chinese Medicine. It is used to re-harmonize imbalances in the body. Therefore, a cough would not be treated by choosing an anti-tussive alone. It must first be determined where the cough is coming from, and then the appropriate group of herbs would be combined to treat the problem.


How do I know which Chinese Herbs are good for me?

If you are considering taking Chinese herbs, you should consult a Licensed Acupuncturists who specializes in Chinese Herbology. This is a very important step as the practice of Chinese Herbal Medicine is a complex system which is dependent on the knowledge and experience of a skilled practitioner.
Chinese formulas are comprised of herbs designed for each individual patient. This special formulation is crucial because these formulas must be delicately composed for the purpose of achieving balance in each disharmonious state of being. Any deviation in dosage or herb composition can change the entire focus of the formula and therefore, the results.


In what form do Chinese Herbs come?

Chinese herbs may be taken in any of the following forms:

Raw Formulas
A raw formula consists of carefully individually weighed unprocessed herbs placed together in individual bags. One bag is boiled for either one or two days. These formulas are best boiled in a clay herb pot which assists in even cooking and the the preservation of the medicinal properties of each herb formula. There are different cooking instructions for different formulas, so you should consult your doctor on your specific cooking instructions.

Patent Medicine
This term is used for famous formulas used for generations for common illnesses. They are tiny herbal pellets which are taken tow to three times daily. A standard dose may be as high as 8-10 pills three times per day. The reason for this is because these pills are so tiny. Taking herbs in this form is sometimes more practical for the patient who does not have as much time. However, they are pre formulated based on a specific problem. If your problem does not fit the specific indication, your practitioner may choose to give you a raw or powdered formula.

Freeze Dried or Freeze Dried Pills
These are raw formulas cooked and freeze dried. The benefit of using this method is the same as the raw formula itself less the cooking time involved. However, as effective as these formulas are, raw formulas are still the strongest method for taking Chinese herbs.

Tinctures are available in pre-packaged form and on special order. This method is comparable to the freeze-dried method.

Topical Liquids and Creams
There are numerous topical creams and liquids for many different medicinal uses such as athlete's foot, burns, hemorrhoids, bleeding, and bone problems to name a few. These are highly effective when used under the appropriate circumstances.


Are Chinese Herbs good for everyone?

There is never one answer for every problem. Oriental Medicine is based on the foundation of this philosophy. A person's underlying condition must be taken into account in the treatment of his or her problem. With all of the attention that herbal medicine is receiving these days, the impression is given that if you hear that an herb is good for a certain problem then it must be good for everyone for that problem! THIS IS NOT TRUE! A single herb is almost never prescribed for any patient within the scope of Chinese Herbal Medicine. Formulas must always be delicately composed to protect the patient's constitution against the possible unwanted effects of the herbs he or she needs to take. This is the way side effects are avoided and higher results are achieved.

Can I take Chinese herbs with my regular medication?

Your healthcare. provider should be aware of all medications, vitamins, herbs, and recreational drugs you are taking. Combining any of these substances may or may not be a good idea. It is important to rely on the advice of your healthcare. provider.

Is taking daily vitamins which contain Chinese Herbs a good idea?

Vitamins often contain Chinese Herbs. As we stated above, one herbs or one group of herbs is never good for all people. Using vitamins which contain herbs is not a good idea in our opinion unless you have been advised by your healthcare. provider to do so. A good example of this are diet product which contain vitamins and mineral designed to burn fat. These products very often contain a Chinese Herb, Ephedra (Ma Huang). This herb has been shown to stimulate the metabolism. However, in Chinese Medicine it is used as an acute anti-asthmatic for immediate treatment only. If this herbs is used long-term it can have damaging effects on the body's state of health and if taken in a high enough dose, it could stimulate the body so much, it could possibly produce a heart attack. This is a very clear example of a good thing which can potentially save a life being used for an incorrect set of circumstances creating the potential for taking a life. This is why Chinese Herbal Medicine needs to stay in the hands of the professionals who have been trained to use it. Another example is Ginseng. Everyone knows what this is. The problem is everyone THINKS they know what it is good for! The media describes it as something which is good for your immune system, something which is good for energy. While this is true, if we understand Oriental Medicine, then again we know that what is good for one is not good for all. Ginseng in the wrong hands or taken long term can actually produce extreme lethargy and fatigue! This is the important part of the message that is not being communicated to the public.


Who practices Chinese Herbal Medicine?

Licensed Acupuncturists in the State of California (L.Ac.) have passed the minimum educational and board testing requirements necessary to practice Chinese Herbal Medicine. There is an additional test which may be taken by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). There are two parts to this certification. The first is the acupuncture portion (Dipl.Ac.) and the second is the Chinese Herbal Medicine portion (Dipl. C.H.). Further to these two part certifications there is the all inclusive (Dipl. O.M.) which includes Acupuncture, Herbal and Oriental Bodywork. These credentials also indicate that the National standards for Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology have been achieved. Health care providers without an education and licensing in Oriental Medicine are not necessarily qualified to practice Chinese Herbology or may be practicing herbal medicine from a different viewpoint. The requirements vary from state to state, the following is an explanation of credentials.

C.A. Certified Acupuncturist.

L.Ac. Licensed Acupuncturist.

D.O.M. Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

D.A, Doctor Of Acupuncture.

Dipl.Ac. Diplomat of Acupuncture (NCCAOM) A National Certification required by 37 States.

Dipl. C.H. Diplomat in Chinese Herbology (NCCAOM) A National Achievement Certification not required at present.

Dipl O.M.  Diplomat in Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) A National Achievement Certification not required at present.

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Reflexology FAQ

What is Reflexology?
 The art of working specific areas of the hands or feet that relieves stress and 
pain of the body. It is like acupressure but only on the hands or feet.

What is the Moyshan Method?
The Moyshan method  uses an ancient age old chinese technique which uses a wooden tool similar to the stone needle “Bian Stone” used by the chinese thousands of years ago. The treatment also involves stimulating acupoints and reflex zones and a combination of relaxing techniques both old and new to rejuvenate the body and stimulate the glands and improve circulation.  

How does it work?   
The wooden tool stimulate the nerve endings on the feet, send messages to the brain that in turn produces endorphins, the body’s own pain killers. Then the 
endorphins are sent through the blood stream to the related area of the body. 
It also breaks down toxins such as uric acid crystals and flushes them out 
through the kidneys with the help of warm water during the session. 

How does it feel?
 Wonderfully  relaxing, as if your whole body has been relieved off tension. 
There can be a feeling of “tingling” and “warmth” in related parts of the body. 
This is caused by the increased circulation of blood due to the nerve ending stimulation.                                             

How long is the relief?   
The length of time varies. The production of the natural pain killer is only 
temporary, but with every Reflexology session, the body can have longer and
longer periods of relief.

How often?
To receive the maximum relief, two reflexology session per week initially for 3 
weeks or once a week for 5 weeks,  regular exercise and once a month to 
maintain good health. If regular exercise is not possible a once a week
maintenance is a excellent strategy to help reduce and keep stress at bay. 

Is this a medical treatment?
No, The AMA says “seventy-five per cent of all illnesses are due to stress. 
“Reflexology is a form of stress management”. Relief the stress and the body 
will respond. If the cause can be eliminated, then most of the related conditions
should be gone.

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Chair Massage FAQ

What is a chair massage?

Chair massage is a 15-20 minute massage that focuses on the high tension areas of the neck, back, shoulders, arms & hands. Chair massage is performed on a specially designed portable massage chair. Chair massage is especially effective at producing therapeutic results in a brief period of time by concentrating the massage on the areas of greatest tension.

Do I remove my clothing?

No, chair massage recipients remain fully clothed. At most, you may be asked to remove any jacket or obstructive jewelry during the massage.

Do you use oils?

No oils are used in chair massage. Sometimes lotion is applied during hand massage. Please let your therapist know if you prefer no lotion.

What about hygiene?

The therapist will clean & disinfects their massage chair and hands between each massage. Each massage recipient also receives a fresh face-rest cover to ensure cleanliness.

What if I want more or less pressure?

Just ask! Our therapists are trained to adapt to a wide variety of body types and sensitivities to pressure. The therapist will check in with you during the massage, but never hesitate to let them know your preference.

I'm sensitive to fragrances, can I exclude aromatherapy?

Just let the therapist know. The aromatherapy diffuser can be easily removed.

What can I expect in a 15-minute chair massage?

During the 15 minute session, the therapist will focus on relieving muscle tension in your neck, shoulders, and back. If you'd like work on your arms and hands please let the massage therapist know, but keep in mind that this will mean less time on the other areas.

What can I expect in a 20-minute chair massage?

During the 20 minute session, the massage therapist will work on your neck, shoulders, back, arms & hands. If you'd like more time spent on one specific area, just let the therapist know.

What can I expect in a 30-minute chair massage?

A 30 minute session allows the massage therapist do in-depth work on your neck, shoulders, back, arms & hands. Also any specific areas of concern can be thoroughly addressed.

Can I have the therapist work on just one area?

If you'd like the massage therapist to focus on one specific area just let them know. At the beginning of the massage they will ask if you have any specific concerns. Keep in mind, that the more time spent on this specific area, the less time spent on the other areas..

Will I be tired afterwards?

It's easy to mistake a sense of relaxation for fatigue. In our experience, however, after a few minutes needed to "re-adjust" to the surroundings - massage recipients are more alert and focused then ever. In fact, research has shown chair massage recipients to be even more alert than before. See the chair massage benefits page for more details.

Am I expected to tip?

Gratuities are not expected or necessary but they are appreciated by our therapists. If you choose to tip, the average amount is 10-20%.

I'm pregnant. Can I still get a chair massage?

Massage can be very beneficial for women during pregnancy. However, be sure to let the massage therapist know you are pregnant in so they can assure your safety and comfort.

Are there contraindications for chair massage?

Yes. Medical contraindications include but are not limited to: uncontrolled hypertension, uncontrolled diabetes, fractures, herniated discs, malignancy, numbness or tingling in any part of the body especially the hands and feet. Please inform your massage therapist of any acute or ongoing health conditions before the chair massage.

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