FAQs

+ What kind of conditions do you treat?

The following is a sampling of common conditions that respond well to Chinese medicine. Keep in mind this is not an exhaustive list, and that even the most unusual or complicated combinations of symptoms can be made sense of through the perspective of Chinese medicine.

PAIN

  • chronic pain of many sorts
  • arthritis and joint pain
  • acute pain and injury recovery
  • migraines and headaches
  • sports injuries, new and old
  • athletic performance enhancement

QUALITY OF LIFE

  • chronic fatigue
  • chronic inflammation
  • vague feelings of stuckness and malaise
  • insomnia
  • chronic infection
  • smoking cessation and support with other addiction recovery
  • excessive sweating, urination, salivation, appetite, dreaming
  • temperature irregularities, hot flashes, cold hands and feet

MENTAL & EMOTIONAL

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • grief
  • trauma and PTSD
  • ADHD diagnosis
  • foggy thinking, poor memory

SKIN

  • acne, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, rosacea, dermatitis
  • scars
  • itching, excessive sweating
  • fungal and other infections
  • cysts
  • wrinkles, fine lines, sagging, uneven complexion
  • dull or inflamed complexion
  • cosmetic acupuncture, facial rejuvenation acupuncture and cupping

DIGESTION

  • IBS, colitis, chronic constipation
  • gas & bloating
  • SIBO diagnosis
  • reflux, GERD, nausea
  • poor appetite
  • excessive appetite & food cravings
  • difficulty losing weight
  • difficulty gaining weight

WOMEN'S & MEN'S HEALTH

  • difficult periods, pms, irregular menstruation, amenorrhea
  • recurrent vaginal infections and urinary tract infections
  • difficulties around menopause and perimenopause
  • fertility challenges for women and men
  • libido challenges for women and men
  • urinary frequency, incontinence, difficulty

RESPIRATORY

  • common colds and flus
  • asthma
  • bronchitis, upper respiratory and sinus infections
  • sleep apnea
  • allergies

+ I've already tried Chinese medicine and it didn't really work for me. Should I give it another try?

Yes. Why? Because Chinese medicine is vast. It is thousands of years old, and within it is contained many different schools of thought and lineages. Different practitioners will bring to their practice wildly different approaches and techniques. Just because one acupuncture treatment or one herbal formula didn't produce results in the past doesn't mean that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine does not work for you.

+ Do you really think you can help me?

If you'd like to send us a quick note with your health concerns, we'd be happy to get back to you with a more personalized answer to this question!

+ How does herbal medicine work?

Herbal medicine works by restoring function to the body. An herbal formula is essentially information, a reminder to the body of how it should work. Herbs do not do this or that in the body, rather, they remind the body to do this or that. Pharmacology shows us that herbal medicines are typically metabolised and eliminated from the body before they make their way into the bloodstream... yet they still have strong effects! We can take this to mean they are informing the body in some way (that is not yet fully understood by science), rather than doing something themselves. In this way, herbal medicine teaches the body how to be healthy. This is true healing. This means that overtime, we do not need to rely on these medicines, the body will learn for itself. This is a much different appraoch than conventional pharmaceuticals which are designed to suppress symptoms and take over the body's function, ultimately leading to deeper health problems down the line.

+ Are there side effects with herbal medicine?

Side effects with herbal medicine are uncommon and typically not serious. The most common side effect is digestive upset as the body learns to metabolize this new substance, which often resolves within a couple of days of taking a new herbal formula.

+ Aren't Chinese herbs dangerous? Aren't they laden with heavy metals?

Just as with our food supply, the herbal industry contains many products that are poor quality and unsafe for consumption. We use herbal products obtained from reputable suppliers and other reputable suppliers who do the work to ensure that what we are getting is the real thing in its pure form. All of the herbs used in your formula will have undergone advanced microbiology testing to confirm the absence of microorganisms and pesticide residues, as well as advanced heavy metal testing. These tests are conducted on both the raw material as well as the finished product, and are verified by secondary independent labs. The herbs we use to fill your herbal formulas are likely to be the highest quality Chinese herbs available in the world.

+ How much does an herbal formula cost?

The price varies depending on which herbs are used in a formula and how it is dosed. Typical cost for a high-quality Chinese herbal formula is $10-20/week. This is paid to the pharmacy who fills your formula.

+ Will my insurance company cover the cost of herbal treatment?

Unfortunately, no. If cost is prohibitive to you, please ask us about options for lower-cost (still high-quality!) herbal medicine.

+ Does acupuncture hurt?

The most common response from patients receiving acupuncture for the first time is simply that it feels strange and new. The experience ranges widely from person to person and treatment to treatment and also practitioner to practitioner. Some patients experience a sensation of pressure, or a deep, dull ache. Others will notice other parts of their body light up when needles are inserted. Some experience a sense of buzzing, or even a mildly euphoric or meditative state during and after treatment. Rarely do patients report that the sensation is what you would expect from a needle. I use the highest quality Japanese acupuncture needles on the market which offer a markedly comfortable acupuncture experience.

+ Is acupuncture safe?

Yes. Ocassionally soreness or bruising can occur following acupuncture. Adverse effects beyond that are extremely rare.

+ How long does it take before I notice effects?

Some people notice effects immediately. For some people it can take several visits to notice effects. The first handful of visits will help us to understand how your unique body responds to acupuncture. Every body is different.

+ How does acupuncture work?

In short, acupuncture removes blockages to flow, and encourages the free and healthy flow of qi, blood, and vital fluids. Our bodies are healthy when everything is moving and flowing as it should.

+ What should I wear?

Loose clothing is best. For particuar treatments you may be asked to disrobe to your comfort.

+ What can I expect at my first visit?

Your first visit consists predominantly of a detailed intake of your health concerns, goals, and history. We will gather information that will help to inform our diagnosis (pulse, tongue, palpation). If there is time, your first visit may consist of an abbreviated acupuncture treatment.

+ What if I don't like needles?

No problem! If you have not tried acupuncture before, it is worth trying, because the experience is often much different (and more pleasant) than most of our previous medical encounters with a needle. Even so, not everyone is a good candidate for acupuncture. Sometimes the needles themselves are just too anxiety-provoking to be the right treatment for a patient. If this is the case, there are many other powerful tools that we can employ that do not involve needles.