Very thin sterile, single-use needles are inserted through the skin in order to alleviate pain and stress, promote healing, and maintain optimal health. Additional therapies may be applied if deemed necessary by practioner.
TCM has been used for thousands of years and includes therapies such as acupuncture, cupping, food therapy, and herbal medicine; all of which are available at Santee Acupuncture.
Consultation with treatment lasts up to an hour with needles retained typically 15-25 minutes. Cupping appointments are 30 minutes with cups retained 5-10 minutes.
Everyone responds differently. While some feel immediate effects, others may need several sessions. Besides treating pain you may be currently experiencing, receiving regular acupuncture treatments can help maintain health and prevent illness from occurring. Consistency is key.
No. Many people do not feel the needle insertion at all. A referred sensation or dull ache may be felt as the body sends signals to the brain, causing the release of chemicals such as endorphins, opioid peptides, and enkephalins which are known to induce relaxation and alter our perception of pain, thereby providing relief.
Payment is due at the time of service. Cash, credit cards, and FSA/ HSA cards are acceptable forms of payment. Insurance billing is not available except for eligible Kaiser members.