What does acupuncture feel like? Does it hurt?

Some describe the sensation of acupuncture needles as a dull, achy, heavy or warm sensation. The acupuncturist will use either manual manipulation or an electrical stimulation unit for your treatment. Acupuncture usually does not hurt, but everyone is different, and will therefore respond differently to treatment. You can rest assured that the acupuncturist will put your comfort first and foremost, and adjust the needles to maximize your comfort.

Is acupuncture safe?  

Yes, acupuncture is safe. Acupuncturists spend 3-4 years in school to become certified to practice. I am licensed by the State of California to practice here; and, I am also licensed by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to practice nationally. Also, at Acu Yoga Wellness, we use disposable (for one time use) sterilized needles that come in prepackaged sterilized containers. The needles are stainless steel and no thicker than a strand of hair. 

If I am getting another form of treatment, is it ok for me to receive acupuncture?

Absolutely. In China, hospitals are full of both Western medical doctors and qualified acupuncturists who combine the best of both worlds. Acu Yoga Wellness promotes the integration of Western health care and Traditional Oriental medicine to create a comprehensive/synergistic system of healing for patients. We recommend that you speak openly with your primary care physician about your plans to try acupuncture. 

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments you will need varies for each patient. For acute conditions in which symptoms are severe, the treatment course is usually 2 to 8 treatments with occasional follow-up treatments for maintenance. For chronic problems that have persisted for years without much response from other forms of treatment, the treatment course may be up to 10 weeks longer. The combination of yoga, acupuncture, herbal medicine and a healthy lifestyle (diet, exercise, etc.) will make it possible for you to achieve your health goals more quickly and to sustain a great quality of life. It is my goal to help as many people as possible set and achieve their goals. 

What is a maintenance treatment, and do I need it?

Chinese medical theory states that if you are healthy, you should have occasional "maintenance" treatments to prevent future illness. This is similar to the mentality behind eating healthy and exercising.

For example, we must perform regular maintenance on things such as: cars, lawn mowers, etc. We may get away for awhile without performing the needed preventative maintenance; however, there will come a point, whether we're driving on the freeway or mowing the yard, when our equipment will break down due to nothing more than neglect.

Our bodies are the same way!! If we can commit to doing a few simple things a week (e.g. yoga, acupuncture, exercise, etc.) and eating well regularly, it will go a long way in staying healthy and sustaining a high quality of life.

How can I get the most out of my treatments?

Commit to your treatment plan.
Since acupuncture treatments are cumulative, it is important that you come to regularly scheduled treatments until you are either completely healed or well on your way to where you want to be. Acu Yoga Wellness will give you honest advice on the recommended amount of treatments you should receive.

Healthy diet and exercise.
A healthy diet rich in vegetables and fruits, fish and lean meats, legumes and whole grains increases the likelihood that you will attain wellness when combined with your acupuncture treatments. A consistent exercise schedule that fits your needs is also important to strengthen your health so that you can fully benefit from acupuncture. We recommend that you take advantage of your journey with Acu Yoga Wellness as an opportunity to improve your personal health regimen.

Try our yoga classes.
Acu Yoga Wellness has created a system of health management that integrates acupuncture and yoga. Acupuncture can help you achieve wellness through the stimulation of specific points located on channels on the body. Our yoga classes will stretch the same channels on which we place acupuncture needles, creating a cumulative effect that enhances your healing process.

What is the training involved to become an acupuncturist?

To become an acupuncturist in California, one must receive over 3,500 hours of training in Eastern and Western medicine and pass a comprehensive licensing examination held by the State of California (which has the highest metrics in the country to become licensed). Also, Acupuncturists are considered primary health care physicians, which means that you do not require a referral from your medical doctor to make an appointment. For more information, please visit the State of California Acupuncture Board (

Do you accept insurance?

Yes! Many insurance companies cover acupuncture under their health plans. Please contact me and I can verify your coverage, copay, and number of treatments permitted per year.

Please include the following information so that I can verify your coverage:
- your full name
-date of birth
-address (home and email)
-policy and group numbers
-telephone number of your insurance company
-your phone number

Is there anything I need to do to prepare for my acupuncture treatment?

We recommend that you eat a light snack before receiving acupuncture and drink plenty of water afterward.


How often should I practice yoga?

To achieve maximum benefits, yoga should be practiced daily and, at a minimum, 2 to 3 times per week.

Is it okay to eat and drink before class?

It is best to avoid eating two hours before class, but a light healthy snack is fine. Make sure to be well hydrated on the day of yoga class, but do not drink a large amount of water right before class, as this will cause unnecessary discomfort.

What should I wear to class?

Wear comfortable" stretchy" pants or athletic pants (e.g. running or jogging pants) that will give you plenty of mobility, and a comfortable top that is not very baggy.

What do I need to bring to class?

A water bottle and yoga mat. However, there are plenty of mats available to borrow at Acu Yoga Wellness.

What if I have a health concern,  I am pregnant, or I have an injury?

Please notify the instructor when you make your appointment and at the beginning of class of any health issues, pregnancy or injuries so that alternate postures can be provided for you during class. Please include this information when you reserve a class.

What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards.

I'm not flexible. Can I still do yoga?

Yes, you can! If you are not very flexible, then our small, yet affordable, yoga classes are a perfect opportunity for you to work on your flexibility in a close-knit, non-judgmental environment.

If you cannot get into a yoga pose, don't worry! Our job is to offer you an alternative pose that delivers a similar effect and is better suited to your level.