Acupuncture is not mystical or magical–it’s a very practical, simple way to balance the body. Our own UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine gives a great primer on acupuncture, stating:
Acupuncture therapy can…evoke the body’s natural healing response through various physiological systems. Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, and improve sleep, digestive function, and sense of well-being.
We provide more than 10,000 treatments every year. We do this work in a community setting at a low cost, because acupuncture works better when treatments are provided frequently enough to make a real change.
At BCA, here’s how your first visit works:
- You will fill out a short intake, sign a consent form, and pay the $25 fee for the visit;
- You’ll head back to the treatment room, choose any open seat, recline and relax.
- The practitioner will review your information and health complaint(s), then meet you at your seat and ask a few questions to discern the appropriate treatment.
- She will insert the needles according to your primary complaints (note that we don’t need to needle in the area of pain to provide relief-we use points on the arms/legs/ears and scalp, and they work great!).
- You’ll relax for about 45 minutes, then your practitioner will remove your needles and recommend a treatment plan for you.
When you return for treatment, you will simply pay the $25 fee, and be invited to go in and choose a seat. The practitioner will check on your progress, ask relevant questions, insert your needles and leave you to rest.
We let the needles do the work in a calm, peaceful setting.
- Please enter the clinic quietly, silence your phone, and use your “library voice” to help preserve the calm environment.
- Please don’t wear perfumes or heavy scents.
- You are more than welcome to bring ipods or reading material-please keep the volume low enough that it can’t be heard by others and please don’t read loud newspapers.
- Please do not interrupt the practitioner while she is with another patient unless it’s an emergency.