Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you call it ‘community acupuncture’?

Community acupuncture just means that you will be treated in a room with others. This allows us to charge less so you can come more.

Acupuncture works best when done frequently in the beginning and then with some regularity on an ongoing basis. Kind of like yoga or exercise, acupuncture can help keep you healthy and balanced when done regularly.

What about privacy?

Because of this group setting, a commitment to privacy on your part goes with the territory. What you hear here, stays here.  That means your privacy is respected, too. If you do have something you don't want to share in the group setting, you are always welcome to call or email me to discuss it.

Does it hurt?

Honestly? Sometimes, just a little. And sometimes you feel nothing at all. You might feel a slight pricking sensation, an ache, a tingling, a hot-cold kind of feeling, or even an electrical zing. Some people 'zone out' during their treatment and don't remember anything other than having a really great nap!

How fast will it work?

Most of the time our patients get relief on their first visit. Occasionally, it takes tow or three times to feel obvious relief. You will, however, feel more relaxed and peaceful from the get go.

How often will I need to come?

Frequency depends on how quickly your body responds, how well you are able to avoid the cause or change your habits and how long you've had the condition. 

We usually recommend 1 - 3 times a week at the start. Here’s a general guideline:

If your pain or the disruption to your life is a 0 or 1 on the 0-10 pain scale, come once a week, twice a month or monthly for maintenance.

If your pain or the disruption to your life is a 2 or 3 on the 0-10 pain scale, come once a week.

If your pain or the disruption to your life is a 4, a 5, or a 6 on the 0-10 pain scale, come twice a week.

If your pain or the disruption to your life is a 7, an 8, a 9, or a 10 on the 0-10 pain scale, come three times a week or every day that we’re open until your pain drops.

How fast you return to balance and health — and stay there — depends on many things. Like how long you've had your issues, how frequently you come and whether or not you continue doing the thing that caused your problem in the first place - assuming the cause is identifiable.

It's not always clear what precisely has caused your imbalance or it may be a complex combination of incidences and life style behaviors, thus making it hard to avoid the cause(s).

How long will I have the needles in?

This depends on you and your condition. 20 to 30 minutes is usually best. Having the needles in for too long can be draining, so if you're already drained, we don't want to make it worse. 

Do you prescribe Chinese herbal medicines?

Yes! Absolutely. Both Davida and Lynette studied & first practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine in California. To be licensed there, you must study both acupuncture and the herbal medicine traditions. Not all states require both. Many 'acupuncturists' are just that - acupuncturists only - and have never studied the complex theoretical foundations of Asian herbal medicines, but in California a licensed acupuncturist is always also an Asian herbalist. We are and we love using herbs. We both take herbs regularly ourselves.

There are regional differences in herbal traditions and many schools of thought throughout Asia regarding herbal medicine.  For example, Tibetan herbal formulas are routinely huge, easily 30 - 35 herbs, as compared to Chinese formulas which are usually made up of only 2 - 10 herbs.  A 15 ingredient formula is a big one in the Chinese herbal tradition. India's ancient medicine relies heavily on what we think of as spices and foods for healing.

All of these traditions also have many non-food “materia medica” as well like gems, stones, bark, roots (both root vegetables like yams or sweet potatoes that we eat and others that we wouldn't normally eat), insects (which are food in some places) and so on.

On that note: if you are vegetarian or vegan, always tell your 'herbalist' because 'herbs' has become a catchall word describing the spectrum of 'materia medica' - natural medicinal substances - which may include animal parts and insects in addition to plants, stones and gems.