Frequently Asked Questions



Is Acupuncture painful and can it help me?

Acupuncture needles are very fine, about the thickness of a human hair. There should be very little or no discomfort with needle insertion. For your safety we use disposable needles exclusively. While Westerners are most familiar with the use of acupuncture for pain control and anesthesia, acupuncture can also be effective in treating a wide variety of conditions.

Learn more about acupuncture on our main page here.

How many treatments will I need?

Usually one or two treatments per week depending on your condition. Many conditions can be alleviated rapidly with acupuncture and herbs. Chronic illness may require treatment for several weeks or longer. Acute problems generally respond much faster. As in any form o medical care, the patients attitude, diet, determination and lifestyle will affect the outcome and course of treatment.


What can Chinese Herbal Medicine do for me?

Chinese physicians have historically recognized the importance of herbs in healing for centuries. They incorporate both diagnosis and therapy. Diagnostic methods include systematic observation and questioning of the patient and detailed and prolonged palpation of the pulse. Herbs are utilized either alone or in combination for specific maladies with astounding success.

Learn about Herbal Medicine services on our page here.

Do you take health insurance?

Yes some insurers will cover treatments, call your insurance provider to make sure that Dr. Shanwen Gao is within network.

How much does it cost?

We have a free consultation and after that is the initial visit, then comes regular treatments. For prices please see our prices page here.