Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find answers to many frequently asked questions about acupuncture in San Luis Obispo. If you do not see your question answered, or you would like to speak with Therese directly, please contact our San Luis Obispo acupuncture practice.

During your first visit, Therese will conduct a thorough health assessment in order to determine the most appropriate combination of treatments. This initial consultation typically takes between 1 – 2 hours. During this time, Therese may ask you questions regarding your medical history, current physical health, and complaints or concerns. A unique procedure plan is then developed to accommodate your goals for treatment, individual physical conditions, and areas of concern.

Acupuncture is a complex form of ancient Chinese medicine that is used to restore balance to the body and promote healing. Acupuncture is based on the principle of a life force or “Chi” and how this energy is circulated throughout different channels called “meridians.” By stimulating certain points of the body using very thin needles, acupuncturists are able to redirect the flow of energy through these specific pathways.

This is a difficult question to answer, since the science of acupuncture is not fully understood. The traditional Chinese medicine explanation is that acupuncture normalizes the flow and distribution of energy and balances circulation. Western research, on the other hand, has shown that stimulating the acupuncture points triggers the release of chemicals and hormones which regulate the body’s internal systems. No matter which theory you identify with, the therapeutic effects of acupuncture have been documented in many scientific and clinical research studies.

For most patients, acupuncture is a very comfortable treatment. Unlike standard hypodermic needles, the needles used at SLO Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine are extremely fine, comparable to the thinness of a human hair. Over 20 acupuncture needles are able to fit into a hypodermic needle.
Although the needles should not hurt, you may experience sensation at the insertion point. Tingling or a feeling of warmth or heaviness is common during acupuncture treatments. By working with a skilled practitioner that you can trust, you should expect to receive a level of sensation that is suitable for you. Therese tailors every treatment to accommodate her patient’s individual comfort level.

SLO Acupuncture uses only sterile Seirin needles for smooth insertion. Needles are disposed of immediately after treatment; acupuncture needles are never reused.

Acupuncture is an extremely safe, natural method of therapy that very rarely produces any significant adverse effects. Typically, most people experience improved sleeping patterns, more regular bowel movements, a sense of relaxation, and better energy.

The most common response to acupuncture is relaxation. However, personal reactions will vary, as will the individual treatment sessions. Some individuals may feel energized and invigorated after their procedure, while others feel calmed and soothed. No two treatments are exactly the same, and your body will react differently with each acupuncture treatment. Therese encourages her patients to communicate with her about their body’s response to acupuncture so that she can provide a comfortable treatment.

The number of treatments needed varies on a case-by-case basis. Typically, 2 -3 sessions are suggested for acute conditions, while 8 – 15 procedures may be necessary for more chronic illnesses. Therese will discuss your individual treatment plan with you and recommend the appropriate number of sessions required.

Your first visit typically takes between 1 – 2 hours long in order for Therese to conduct a background health assessment and develop a treatment plan. After this initial appointment, each subsequent visit generally takes about 1hour.

Patients are advised to wear comfortable clothing and have one small meal 1 – 2 hours prior to treatment. Please arrive 15 – 20 minutes early to fill out your new patient information packet before your scheduled appointment time, unless your packet is complete.

Yes, but all plans are different, and many have restrictions or deductibles that must be met before coverage begins. To find out your coverage details, submit your information here, and we will get back to you within five business days. Verification is free with no strings attached. If you would like to be treated before we receive your verification details, contact us at our San Luis Obispo acupuncture clinic, and we will review your options with you.