The simplest answer is that acupuncture works to restore balance in the body. It does this through stimulating specific points on certain ‘meridians’ or pathways along the body that correspond to various organs and muscle systems. In fact, many of the acupuncture meridians discovered by the Chinese thousands of years ago actually correspond with a western map of the nervous system today.

From a more western perspective, acupuncture works with the nervous, immune and musculoskeletal systems to “remind” the body where it needs direct a little more attention through stimulating very small needles in certain areas of the body. It essentially helps activate and regulate the body’s own built in response systems to encourage healing, whether that be through hormone regulation, immune system boosting or pain relief.

Loose fitting comfortable clothes are best; however, we do offer gowns and blankets if needed.

Please eat a small meal or snack before each appointment.

Please avoid brushing or scraping your tongue, or eating a candy or soda that will color your tongue. Also avoid drinking coffee or alcohol before appointment.

Ideally it is recommended not to bring children to your appointment (unless, of course, the treatment is for your child!). This is because we will want to spend the valuable time we have together focusing on you. However, we know that childcare is not always easy to access, so if you need to bring your child with you to your appointment, please bring someone along to tend to them if you’re getting acupuncture – you’ll need to lay mostly still for about atleast 30 minutes. Other friends and family are welcome to join if it is your preference.

Yes! We love consulting with other health care providers. Per your request, we will get in touch with any care provider you’d like, and will keep your other providers posted on the type of care you’re receiving with us.

We have a database of research to support acupuncture and functional medicine for various health conditions and would love to share them with you. Please email directly with any research questions.

The most honest answer we can give here is: not usually. It would be untrue to say that acupuncture never hurts, but for the vast majority of people, and for the vast majority of acupuncture points, it is not painful, but in fact rather enjoyable. For patients who are more sensitive to acupuncture needles, contact needling (where the skin is not penetrated) may be used.

Absolutely! Depending on the age and sensitivity of the child, contact needling and/or magnets may be chosen. Most children find acupuncture to be relaxing and enjoyable.

When purchased from reputable sources and prescribed correctly, absolutely, yes. We recognize that there has been some concern over contamination of Chinese herbs in the past few years. While it is true that some (unrepeatable) sources of herbs may be cause for some concern, we guarantee that we only source our herbs from the highly reputable manufactures. The herbs we use are tested for contaminants and proven safe for consumption before being sold.

Yes! There are many herbs that are indicated for pediatric patients and have shown wonderful clinical results. Not all herbs are suitable for children, so be sure to consult with your health care provider before starting any herb or supplement program.

Yes! There are many herbs that are indicated for pregnant patients and have shown wonderful clinical results. Not all herbs are suitable for pregnancy, however, so be sure to consult with your health care provider before starting any herb or supplement program.

While we provide support patients to western cancer treatments we don’t treat cancer.

This depends on what kind of health issues we are working on and how long they have been of concern. A general rule of thumb is the more acute a problem is, the less time it will take to improve. Longer standing ailments will take longer to treat. Remember, it took time to get to the condition you’re in now, and it takes time to re-train the body and guide it back to homeostasis. Our ultimate goal is to get you well so that you don’t need us anymore.

We are out of Network providers but superbills are available upon request.

Monday: 8:00 am to 6 pm.

Tuesday: 8:00 am to 6 pm.

Wednesday: 8:00 am to 6 pm.

Thursday: 2pm to 6 pm.

Friday: 8am to 6 pm.

In order to provide our patients with the best care, we require 48-hour notice to change or cancel an appointment.

Please call us at 949-294-1490 or email us at if you need to make a change in order to avoid being charged for a missed appointment.

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