What is Qi?
Qi is a Chinese term that translates literally to Breath or Air, but it can be better understood as the basis of all manifestations of life. In other words, the energy within all living beings. Qi is central to the practice of acupuncture, its study and use in the diagnostic and therapeutic realms has been recorded through the centuries in hundreds of documents.
The study of Qi is vast and fascinating, if you can’t wait to know more, visit our Need to Know More? page where you can find articles and book recommendations.
What types of conditions does acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is a safe and amazing alternative form of healthcare with minimal side effects. It offers extraordinary healing support for a wide variety of health conditions, however, these are not the only benefits of acupuncture. Acupuncture excels as a tool for preventative care, it helps increases athletic performance and decreases recovery time.
The following are some of the conditions that acupuncture is best known to treat:
- Digestive problems
- Sleep issues
- And the list goes on and on!
You would be amazed to learn all the conditions acupuncture can address! We would like to list them all here, but we would love even more to talk to you about them. If you have questions about acupuncture and a specific health concern, drop us a line!
Do you treat children or minors at Amplify?
We do not treat children or minors at the moment. We require every patient to be at least 18 years of age. However, we can always refer you to great practitioners who treat minors. Give us a call or email us for a referral!
How often should I receive acupuncture?
Acupuncture works most effectively with repeated treatments set at close intervals. To treat a specific condition we GENERALLY recommend people get at least two treatments per week for a number of weeks, as determined by one of our licensed acupuncturists. Treatments once a week or even once a month, depending on your needs, are recommended for palliative and preventative care.
What does acupuncture feel like?
The experience of acupuncture is unique to each person, although most people report experiencing a deep sense of relaxation. Your experience can range from one of kind breakthroughs to straightforward improvements in your condition. What we can tell you with almost complete certainty is that the needles that we use are so thin (on average .16 mm in diameter) that any pain sensation is minimal to non-existent.
How will I feel after acupuncture?
Your experience after a treatment will be unique to you, but most people report feeling relaxed, clear-headed or re-invigorated. We advise that slight bruising is always a possibility after treatment. It is also important to remember not to consume alcohol or other recreational drugs right after acupuncture, as these could diminish the health benefits of your treatment.
How do I prepare for an acupuncture session at Amplify?
We recommend that you complete your initial paperwork online prior to your first visit to Amplify. An email with a link will be sent to you once you book a New Patient Appointment. Otherwise, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment so you can fill out your first visit forms at Amplify.
Wear loose and comfortable clothing. Ideally something with short sleeves and pants that can be rolled up to knee height.
We don’t recommend getting an acupuncture treatment when you are hungry, as it can make you feel uncomfortable during treatment. Also, try to avoid consuming alcohol or other drugs before an acupuncture treatment.
Remember to turn your cell phone off upon arrival.
You are ready!
How does Acupuncture work?
This is a very simple question with not such a simple answer, and that is because it could be addressed in a variety of ways, but we’ll give it a try!
The Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective:
Acupuncture works by accessing and regulating Qi (the life energy that makes us, well… alive). The dynamics of Qi take place through a variety of pathways present in all our tissues. Traditional Chinese Medicine has understood these pathways and all its access points for centuries. It is through these access points that acupuncture is able to influence, invigorate and regulate the different healing mechanisms of our bodies.
The Modern Health Care Perspective:
There are rich discussions and a variety of theories in the modern health care community as to how/why acupuncture works. As a result there is almost an endless set of theories.
The one we at Amplify think helps brings more clarity to the issue is the theory that acknowledges the role of connective tissue and its electric activity. Connective tissue is found all through our bodies, and its composition allows for electric impulses to become a central part of our body’s biological mechanisms. Acupuncture delicately stimulates this electric activity within connective tissue, and in doing so it stimulates the body’s own natural healing response.
If you want to know more, make sure visit our “Need to Know More?” Page.
Should I tell my primary doctor I am getting acupuncture?
Absolutely! In fact, we encourage patients to notify and share their experiences of acupuncture with their primary care physician. If your doctor has any questions or concerns, we will be happy to talk to them. Clear and thorough communication is key to your overall wellbeing and healing process!
Should I continue with my prescribed medications while receiving acupuncture treatments?
We will always encourage you to take your physician’s advice. We will never suggest you do otherwise. If you have any questions or concerns about your medication, please make sure to talk to your doctor.
How much training do acupuncturists receive?
The vast majority of acupuncturists licensed by the state of California have graduated from a FOUR-YEAR Master’s Degree Program at a California Board accredited university. This means that most licensed acupuncturists in California have undergone over 3,000 hours of training and have passed the California Board Licensing Exam.
To check if your acupuncturist is licensed to practice acupuncture by the state of California click here!
What type of needles are used in acupuncture?
Acupuncture needles should be disposable and made of stainless steel. There is a wide range of brands and needle manufacturers on the market, but at Amplify Acupuncture we’ve chosen the best quality needles available, produced with a superior manufacturing process and the highest quality surgical grade stainless steel. If you’d like to know more, click here!
Do you take insurance?
At the moment we don’t accept insurance.
Do you offer facial acupuncture for cosmetic purposes?
At Amplify we value you and your goals, and we like to keep our relationship with you honest. Yes, at your request we can provide cosmetic treatments, however we don’t generally recommend them because the cosmetic results that can be achieved with these treatments are extremely fleeting. It is also important to consider that the face can easily bruise with acupuncture. However, we do recommend the use of a micro-needle derma-roller as an excellent tool that is proven to significantly increase collagen production and the absorption of cosmetic products. This is a tool that is relatively inexpensive and that you can use from the comfort of your own home. If you want to know more click here!