Clinic Treatment FAQs

Here you will find a list of questions
that are frequently asked in the ACCHS teaching clinic. 
Contact the clinic at (510) 763-1299 for further assistance.

Acupuncture consists of the gentle insertion and stimulation of thin, disposable, sterile needles at strategic points near the surface of the body. While many acupuncture patients are initially wary of the claim that acupuncture doesn’t hurt, they soon discover that the experience is quite pleasurable.

The Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences student clinic offers traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in the form of acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, herbs, and Chinese medical massage (Tui Na).

Typically, an acupuncturist will begin by taking a complete history, including numerous questions about your primary health complaint as well as general health issues. An acupuncturist’s physical exam can include taking vital signs as well as detailed examination of the pulse and tongue, abdominal palpitation, and facial diagnosis. When the acupuncturist arrives at a working diagnosis, they will place you in a comfortable position to insert the needles. After the needles are inserted, you will relax in the treatment room for 15 to 20 minutes. The acupuncturist will then return and take out the needles. After the treatment is over, the acupuncturist may prescribe Chinese herbal medicines.

It depends on your condition and the style of the supervisor.  Roughly 4 to 14 on average; though more is not uncommon.

Most health problems take more than one treatment to resolve. Expect to have four treatments before assessment. Many problems may require ten or more treatments before significant benefits are noticed. However, along the way, you should see overall improvement.

It is common with the first couple of treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following the treatment. These symptoms pass within a short time and never require more than rest to overcome. Occasionally, the original symptoms being treated worsen for a few days, or other general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns, or emotional state may be triggered. These should not cause concern, as they are simply indications that healing is occurring.

The number of treatments needed differs from person to person. For complex or long-standing conditions, one or two treatments a week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required, and for health maintenance (preventative care), four sessions a year may be all that is necessary.

TCM has been in existence for thousands of years. Populations continue to thrive using this ancient medicine. Biomedical advances in trauma and urgent care make hospitals a better choice for these situations, but TCM is ideal for conditions ranging from the common cold to musculoskeletal pain, menstrual problems, to lingering internal issues.


No. Acupuncture is used successfully to treat animals that cannot understand the process or “believe” that it will make them better. A positive attitude towards wellness may reinforce the treatments received, just as a negative attitude may hinder the effects of acupuncture or any other treatment. A neutral attitude will not block the treatment results.

The ACCHS Clinic is a student clinic, so you will most likely interact with one or several students, with a master practitioner supervising.

Yes. Acupuncture and herbs can be very helpful for nausea, discomfort, and health.

Only self-provided insurance is accepted. No Medicare or Medi-Cal.

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