Chris sees patients in office by appointment but also is available for house calls, giving patients the ability to be seen in the comfort of their own homes. House calls have always been a part of Circulating Health and are available upon request. The following are frequently asked questions about acupuncture:

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the insertion of very small needles into specific points (acupoints) on the body. According to Chinese medical philosophy, all living things have an energy or life force known as Qi (pronounced “Chi”). Illness or pain results when the circulation of this Qi energy is disrupted or blocked. Trauma, lifestyle, emotions, etc. effect the flow of this energy. Acupuncture helps to amplify and circulate Qi so patients recover faster, build a stronger immune system, have more energy and enjoy better overall health.

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Acupuncture needles are very thin; about the diameter of a single human hair. Patients often don’t feel a thing when the needles are inserted. Depending on the goal of the treatment, the needles may be gently stimulated and patients may feel an ache or gentle pressure. This sensation is energy moving along the channel as meridians are opened and healing is accelerated. This leaves patients feeling relaxed and energized at the same time.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Each individual is looked upon as a unique individual so the number of treatments needed will vary from person to person. With that said, most acute conditions benefit from 4-8 acupuncture treatments. Chronic conditions like arthritic joints, may require regular and ongoing therapy.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Yes, acupuncturists are required to pass many licensing and certification exams in order to practice. They also must follow the guidelines of the “Clean Needle Technique.” Practitioners are required to use pre-sterilized, single-use disposable needles. Chris has passed the California State Board Exam, an Orthopedic Certification Exam, and the National Boards administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). The goal of theses exams is to test for competence, and maximize patient safety.


What Can Acupuncture Treat?

There are many carefully controlled clinical studies that have documented the effective use of acupuncture to treat a variety of conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) endorses these studies. Some common conditions that are often seen in practice are listed below.

  • Pain
  • Sports injuries, post operative pain, and rehabilitation
  • headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Digestive Issues
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Constipation

  • Acid Reflux
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stress/Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Sinusitis
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Colds & Flu
  • Infertility
  • Issues relating to libido and sexual function
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Menstrual issues
  • Uterine fibroids