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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a method of alternative medicine that involves inserting very thin needles into pressure points on the body to help alleviate symptoms of physical and mental conditions. Acupuncture is a treatment based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. TCM believes Qi flows through channels of the body called meridians, and they connect to every function of our body. Acupuncture can assist in rejuvenating a person’s flow of Qi to restore balance in the many bodily systems that help us function on a daily basis. Researchers have found many benefits of using acupuncture in treating certain medical conditions. There is also evidence that stimulation of the skin can affect internal organs through nerve reflex pathways (autonomic nervous system).  

Acupuncture is now offered at EZCare Clinic in San Francisco. Depending on your condition, acupuncture may provide immediate relief. We accept walk-in patients and appointments. Call EZCare Clinic to learn more about acupuncture in San Francisco. 

What Conditions Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture has been proven to be effective with pain relief, post-surgical symptoms, and even chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting among several other conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health recognize acupuncture as a helpful part of treatment plans for medical conditions that include any of the following: 

  • Musculoskeletal – Pain, Low Back Pain, Sciatica, Osteoarthritis, Carpal Tunnel, Fibromyalgia 
  • Digestive – Nausea, Vomiting, Hyperacidity, Indigestion, Constipation, Diarrhea 
  • Respiratory – Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis, Sinusitis 
  • Neurological – Headache/Migraine, Stroke Rehabilitation, Neuropathies 
  • Acute & Chronic Conditions: PMS, Stress, Anxiety, Insomnia 

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Acupuncture is safe and virtually painless. Acupuncturists are required by law to only use sterilized, disposable, and individually packaged needles once. Acupuncture is virtually free from side effects. Although uncommon, side effects from acupuncture include mild discomfort, bruising at the needle insertion points, local spot bleeding, reddening of the skin, light-headedness, and feelings of euphoria may also occur.  

How Often Can I Get Acupuncture?

Your practitioner will explain the nature of your program and what treatment is recommended based on your specific needs and medical condition. Acute and chronic conditions may require a different number of treatments. Although some acute conditions can take anywhere from one to four treatments in a month, chronic conditions may need regular treatments over several months. It is recommended to consult with the doctor first before beginning a treatment program. Typically, each session ranges between 30 and 45 minutes per session. The initial visit can range anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes because of the initial consultation and evaluation. 

What Happens During Acupuncture?

Before your appointment remember to wear loose clothing and avoid treatment when fatigued, thirsty, and hungry.  

Acupuncturists always take a detailed medical history prior to beginning treatment that includes nutritional habits, lifestyle activities, and other environmental factors that impact a person’s Qi. After conducting the overall health evaluation, our acupuncturist will have you lay on a padded table. The acupuncturist will then insert the needles into specific areas of your body. Before needles are inserted, the acupuncturist will wipe the skin with an alcohol pad to eliminate most of the germs near the insertion point to eliminate any unsuspecting bacteria. After a needle penetrates the skin, the patient should feel some heaviness, distention, tingling sensation or electric sensation either around the needle or traveling up/down the affected meridians/channels. Acupuncture treatment includes extensive pulse talking, tongue observation, and abdomen checks. Also be sure to notify your doctor if you experience dizziness, nausea, cold sweats, and shortness of breath, fainting, or sharp pain during treatment. Nervousness or tenseness may trigger some of these symptoms. 

Consult with Your Doctor Before Acupuncture if You: 

  • Have a Pacemaker 
  • Taking Blood Thinners 
  • Pregnant 

How Much Does Acupuncture Cost?

  • The cost of acupuncture treatment depends on your condition.  
  • Initial visits are between $70.00 and $150.00.  
  • Return visits are between $50.00 and $90.00.  
  • All automobile insurance companies cover acupuncture for the injuries caused by a motor vehicle accident. Some health insurance companies cover acupuncture up to certain amounts.  
  • Contact us to verify coverage for acupuncture treatment with your insurance company. 

Call EZCare Clinic in San Francisco to schedule an appointment today for acupuncture. 

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