Frequently asked Questions
- What is Acupuncture?
- Does Acupuncture hurt?
- What are conditions that people use Acupuncture for?
- What are Sakura's specialties?
- How does Sakura treat children?
- Sakura offers flat rates, but not insurance options.
- Children's Acupuncture Video
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the practice of inserting ultra-fine, sterile needles into specific points of the body that are located along 14 Meridians or Channels that cover the entire body. There are 365 classical Acupuncture points associated with the 14 Meridians and 40 'extra' points that are not associated with any particular meridians. These points and meridians, mapped out millennia ago and confirmed by consistent practice have shown that skillful insertion and manipulation of specific points will produce predictable results in the body.
How Oriental Medicine Works
- The body is designed for circulation of blood and chi
- Blockages cause pain and disease
- Acupuncture uses points and meridians to access different areas that are blocked in tested combinations (2-3 millennia of research determined point combinations for imbalances)
- Reflexes in the body create the effectiveness without invasive inspection or intervention
I know Acupuncture involves needles.
Does it hurt? Is it safe?
Generally speaking, Acupuncture should not be painful. You may feel a dull ache, perhaps a feeling of electricity or tingling, a sensation of heat or cold, or it may just feel strange. Your practitioner will ask how the needles feel. Most of the time, needles are inserted very superficially in areas beneath the knees & elbows.
Do not confuse Acupuncture needle use with Western Medicine needle use wherein needles are intentionally inserted into veins & tissues, often eliciting strong pain.
Proper training decreases risk: Students are trained for 3-4 years in the clinic & classroom about how to needle each area of the body, preventing uncomfortable and potentially hazardous situations. Some patients may experience bruising or loose a few drops of blood.
Clean Needle Technique certification is required to train in U.S. Acupuncture colleges and to procure & maintain a license.
Note: Tim has studied many different forms of needle insertion techniques and has a reputation for comfortable insertion. Many patients find treatments relaxing and enjoyable. However, sometimes discomfort cannot be avoided altogether as blocked areas/points sometimes need clearing for effectiveness- Which is the imperative of the treatment.
Common Usage of Acupuncture
Here are primary reasons people of all ages use Acupuncture and other forms of Oriental Medicine: Asthma, allergies, digestive problems, migraines, ADD support, pain management, palliative care (before, during or after chemotherapy/radiation) for pain and nausea, and cold and flu management.
Note: Western diagnoses are supplied in list, but Eastern Medicine practitioners treat imbalances that are diagnosed by (OM) theory. Only your doctor is qualified to treat Western diagnoses.
We specialize in infant and child health, pain management and Chinese Sports Medicine for athletes. Techniques from the Japanese system Shonishin are used with non-needle tools that are specialized for comfortable and effective treatment of children from the day they are born to 8 years old or up to pre-adolescent development. Each pre-adolescent is assessed to determine what treatment method is best for them.
At this time we are not accepting insurance. Flat rates are offered to all members paid in cash or checks. Please ask for a receipt if you need one to submit to your provider.
We are committed to continuing research to improve the healthcare of all members of your family at reasonable prices!