What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine, sterile, metal needles into the skin at specific points on the body for the purpose of pain relief and treatment of various other ailments by balancing energy flow.

Do the needles hurt?

Often, the patient barely feels the needles. The initial sensation may, as expected, feel like being pricked with a pin, especially in less “meaty” areas of the body. If there is continued discomfort (which is rare) after the needle is adjusted, it will be removed and a more suitable location will be chosen.

Do you do ear staples for weight loss?
It is my opinion that ear staples carry too much of a risk for infection. I do have small, sterile needles that I can tape into the ear to leave in for a few days.

There has been a notable demand, so I have decided that I will make appointments to do weight loss ear protocols. The ear protocols are free with a regular session. However, you should know that I think the best way to lose weight is by joining a gym, getting a nutritional consult, and following through.

There are no shortcuts. Losing weight is hard work. Acupuncture can help reduce stress, normalize emotions, release endorphins, and promote digestion. It’s still going to be hard work, but if you make the lifestyle changes, you’ll look and feel better and more energized, and maintaining a healthy weight reduces risk for many health conditions. You have my respect and my support for making healthy changes.

Is oriental medicine safe?
The needles I use are sterile and disposable. I use them once, then put them in a sharps disposal container. Compared to hypodermic syringe needles, acupuncture needles are small, solid, flexible, and tapered. Rather than a sharp edge, there is a sharp tip, causing less damage to the tissue, thus less contamination.

When appropriately prescribed, herbal medicine is safe and effective. I’ve had extensive herbal training through class and clinic. Herbs are prescribed not only by symptoms addressed, but by the overall condition of the patient. I select GMP certified herbs that are preservative-free and tested for heavy metals. Herbs may interact with otc and prescription medications, so it is important for me to know what you are taking.

Does this really work?
Depends on what your expectations are. If you expect to see me once and be instantly cured of a problem that has been troubling you for decades, no. If you’re determined to prove me a quack, you’ll probably satisfy yourself. Otherwise, sometimes. The NIH and WHO say the jury’s still out, but it warrants more study. There have been favorable studies published, and there are scholars who will find flaws in them every time. I say good luck in designing the perfect double-blind, but in the meantime, I am trying to help people.

What is your training?
I have a Master of Oriental Medicine from the Dallas College of Oriental Medicine. This is a four year program that includes oriental theory, acupuncture, herbal medicine, anatomy and physiology, western pharmacology, and at least 2 years of clinical internship. In order to be licensed, I passed national examinations in theory, acupuncture, herbs, point location, and biomedicine. I have also had training in auricular acupuncture detox, herbal support for chemotherapy,¬†facial rejuvenation with acupuncture, Kiiko Matsumoto’s style, and Dr. Tan’s Balance Method.