answers to some important questions

Is Acupuncture painful?

No. In our Santa Clara clinic, A Center for Natural Healing, we practice both Classical Acupuncture and Traditional Japanese Meridian Therapy, both of which are extremely gentle and very relaxing.

If you are hesitant to receive treatment with needles, you can try Japanese Meridian Therapy which is performed without needle insertion and is an extremely gentle treatment that is especially good for children, elderly patients and anyone with needle phobia. Learn more about this style here.

What does Acupuncture treat? 

Classical Acupuncture treats a wide range of disorders from the common cold, allergies, and pain all the way to gynecological disorders, mental and emotional disorders, sports injuries, hormonal imbalances and autoimmune diseases.

What if I don't have any serious health conditions? Can Acupuncture still benefit me? 

Absolutely! In its original form, Acupuncture is preventive medicine and can be used to rebalance the internal body to prevent a variety of disorders from manifesting. And besides its extraordinary health benefits, Acupuncture treatment provides a calm, relaxing experience that helps free up the body and calm the mind.

Can I use my insurance to cover Acupuncture treatment costs?

Many insurance companies provide coverage for our services. If you would like to have us check your insurance benefits for you, please fill out and submit the simple form with your information here so we can verify your coverage.

What are the benefits of Acupuncture and Yoga? 

Here are just some of the benefits of these ancient, empowering forms healing art forms. Acupuncture and Yoga can both:

- Reduce stress
- Reduce anxiety and depression
- Improve posture
- Improve circulation
- Revitalize the body and mind
- Strengthen the immune system
- Slow the heart rate
- Lower/regulate blood pressure
- Help to detoxify the system
- Improve function of internal organs including digestion; especially powerful in treating IBS and other digestive disorders
- Improve balance and hand-eye coordination
- Increase strength and resiliency
- Increase endurance   
- Increase energy level
- Normalize and help control weight
- Improve sleep
- Stabilize mood
- Regulate gynecological symptoms including PMS and painful periods                                                                                     - Decreases physical and emotional pain

Why is the health of my body so important?

Your body is a vehicle that changes over time and needs to be honored, cared for and 'tuned up' in order to maintain its health. Healthy aging has to do primarily with minding the wellness of our bodies. 

Inflammatory responses are the primary cause of disease and occur when the mind is unsettled or if we carry our grief, loss and anger with us throughout our lives without working through these challenges. Over time, these emotions get lodged into the physical body causing pain, discomfort and disease.

We all hold something in our body, whether the source of our trauma is purely physical, emotional, or a combination of the two. That's why it's crucial for us to release the tissues where we hold these unprocessed thoughts and emotions. Acupuncture meridians in the body course through these tissues.

By releasing these areas and freeing the body physically, we are able to settle the mind, liberate ourselves of suffering, and prevent illness.

Can I practice Yoga even if I'm injured? 

Practiced with mindfulness and proper alignment, Yoga can be extremely beneficial to all levels, ages and body types, and easily modified for injuries. Always check with your doctor before starting any new exercise. 

Most of the potency of Yoga practice comes in the meditative aspect of coordinating simple movements with awareness of the breath. Even if your physical body is not in the place to do a lot of movement, you can still benefit from breathing deeply to get the meditative, contemplative benefits of this practice and become more present in your body.

You can do some of my simple practices right from the comfort of your home here.

Do I have to combine Classical Chinese Medicine and Yoga to experience the benefits in my body and mind? 

No. These practices are each individual traditions that have profound benefits. My integration of the two comes from my personal experience in how they help to harmonize the body and mind in a seamless and lasting way. 

Acupuncture will naturally be something you come into the clinic to receive while Yoga practice can be done on your own at home. Each of these wisdom traditions contain extraordinary insights that can be applied to your modern lifestyle.

Simplifying these insights is my primary goal, whether it's through personalized one-on-one care or on my website, in newsletters and blog posts, videos or live events. The benefits of these practices are profound both on their own and when combined to create an integrative experience to improve your health and life.

How do I know if Acupuncture is right for me? 

Acupuncture can be beneficial to treat and prevent symptoms and illnesses that you may not even think of to use Chinese Medicine to treat. If you're unsure of whether this is the right treatment for you, or have questions about how it may be used to treat your specific condition, you can email me directly with further questions.

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