- Acupuncturists who are licensed in the state of California have graduated from a 4-year 3,500-hour Master’s of Science program.
- Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as an effective treatment (proven in controlled trials) for a wide variety of medical disorders and symptoms.
- Acupuncturists treating patient’s with serious or life-threatening diseases provide supportive care. This means we provide treatment given to prevent, control, or relieve complications and side effects to improve the patient’s quality of life. This also means we work on the physical, spiritual, and psychological symptoms related to a disease or its treatment.
Here’s a recent Children’s Hospital of Orange County blog post detailing our use of alternative medicine:
How does acupuncture work?
- Acupuncture is the placement of single use, solid, sterile needles that are as thin as a human hair (we use 40 gauge needles in comparison to the standard 21 gauge hypodermic needle used to draw blood in a blood test).
- The needles are inserted at specific sites on the surface of the skin – acupuncture points – that alter biochemical and physiological conditions in the body. Inserting needles at these points stimulates sensory receptors, which stimulate nerves that transmit impulses to the brain.
- The brain responds to these impulses by releasing neurotransmitters and hormones including serotonin and endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killing hormones.
- Other physiological effects include increased circulation, decreased inflammation, muscle relaxation, and increased T-cell count to strengthen the immune system.