Acupuncture FAQs

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine:  what is it?

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine in general is 3000 year-old holistic way of approaching health. That means your acupuncturist tries to understand the complete picture and investigates to find the root cause of imbalances. 

First, we will assess your needs through a comprehensive series of questions and go over your medical history including sleep, digestion, pain levels and triggers. Then we will take your pulse and observe your tongue.


Once the treatment plan is clear,  very fine, sterile, single-use needles will be placed in specific points of the body. 

Depending on your needs, acupuncture might be complemented with other modalities of treatment, such as electro stimulation, cupping, nutritional advice, and prescription of herbal remedies. ​

Does acupuncture hurt?

The needles used are extremely thin and are inserted quite superficially. Most insertions are totally painless.
Sometimes, you might feel sensations such as tingling, slight swelling, or warmth; these are all signs that the needles are unblocking pathways. 

What is a typical treatment like?​

The first visit is longer since we will go over your entire medical history and assess your current condition. Follow-up treatments are shorter but still include a brief assessment. 

Each time, we will take your pulse and look at your tongue, then insert needles, and sometimes add electro-stimulation or moxa (a warming herb). Then you get to rest for about 20 minutes with some music under a comfortable heat lamp, after which time the needles are removed.

If necessary, cupping or scraping may be recommended.

For home visits, the treatments are similar, just occurring in your own private space. 

What is acupuncture good for?

How long will it take for me to get better?

The answer depends on your condition and on the frequency of the treatments. The effects of acupuncture are not as immediate as some treatments in Western medicine. Most people need multiple sessions to observe lasting improvements. 

For acute conditions such as injuries or recent imbalances, sometimes 3 to 5 treatments are enough. Chronic conditions may require regular acupuncture visits as well as continuous herbal treatments over the course of 3 to 6 months to show improvements. 

With holistic medicine, patience is the name of the game. Because we are addressing the whole person and targeting the deep roots of the imbalance, there often can be no "quick fix". 

I'm scared of needles!

Thankfully, Chinese medicine has plenty of other tools for your well being. Even though acupuncture needles are extremely thin and painless, if you prefer to stay away from them we can offer you alternatives such as cupping, massage tools and plant remedies.

What is your training and background?

I studied Chinese medicine for two years in France, then for five years in China, and two additional years in California.

The degree I obtained from Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, in Mandarin Chinese, is the equivalent of an M.D. in the US. I have extensive training in Western medicine (anatomy, physiology, pathology), as well as the classical Oriental medicine modules. I completed my training with a Master's degree here in California.

I also worked in the busiest hospital in China for 15 months as a resident intern, where I saw thousands of patients before joining a practice in Los Angeles for a year. 

I am fluent in three languages:  English, French, and Mandarin Chinese.

Can my insurance cover acupuncture?

Taproot is  working with all major PPO providers in California, such as Cigna, Aetna, Blue Shield, Blue Cross etc.

Most insurance companies do offer acupuncture packages. You can check directly here. Enter your info and we will get back to within a few business days with your answers!

What do I need for a home visit?

All we need is enough space to place the massage table and a bathroom with a sink. All the rest is brought to you.

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Digestive health

Acupuncture helps your body find digestive balance through promoting gut health and helps in reducing:

  • bloating

  • acid reflux

  • constipation

  • IBS

  • diarrhea

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Pain management

Acupuncture helps alleviate acute and chronic pain without drugs. 

  • back & neck pain

  • frozen shoulder 

  • acute sprains

  • sciatica

  • arthritis

  • TMJ

  • sports injuries

  • headaches & migraines

  • tendonitis

  • tennis elbow

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Depression, anxiety, PTSD, mental health

Acupuncture regulates the nervous system so you can find chemical balance naturally and feel like yourself again. Conditions treated include:

  • anxiety 

  • depression

  • insomnia

  • stress

  • cognitive decline

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Women's health

Acupuncture offers a natural treatment for gynecological conditions:

  • PMS

  • painful or irregular periods

  • PCOS

  • endometriosis

  • infertility

  • hormonal imbalance

  • pregnancy discomfort

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Respiratory health

Acupuncture is a natural way of working on both the immune system and the respiratory system to help reduce and prevent:

  • allergies

  • asthma

  • coughing

  • sinusitis

  • colds & flus