Do I need an appointment?
We fill up very quickly and while we will try to fit you if we have availability we give priority to people with appointments. Walk Ins for existing clients are only possible if our schedule is not already full.
New patients must always make an appointment.
Is Acupuncture for me?
Chances are good that acupuncture has something to offer you. Acupuncture works by correcting the imbalances that cause disease and by stimulating your body’s natural healing mechanisms. Even if you are in great health by western medicine’s standards, acupuncture can improve your quality of life by enhancing your mood, boosting energy, and facilitating sleep. Acupuncture is effective for an incredibly wide range of conditions. In many cultures, acupuncture was used as primary health care for centuries, and acupuncturists were called on to treat everything under the sun. For generation after generation, the greatest minds of the times would spend their lives refining their understanding of the human body and healing techniques. The medicine we practice today is a reflection of this work and is still highly dynamic in its evolution, changing and refining itself as new information and understandings emerge.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Some people say it doesn't ever, we prefer to say it depends.
You may feel a bit of a pinch when the needles are tapped in, but this should ease right away. If you continue to feel a pinching or a burning sensation at the needle site any longer than this, let us know and we can adjust it. If on the other hand you are feeling a slight ache or heavy feeling near the needle, this is usually a good sign – a clue that the body is reacting in a productive way. As long as the feelings around the needled areas don’t keep you from closing your eyes and napping for a little while, we say let them be.
Why do you recommend I come back after my first treatment?
Acupuncture is a process. It is very rare for any acupuncturist to be able to resolve a problem with one treatment.
On your first visit, your acupuncturist will suggest a course of treatment, which can be anything from “we’d like to see you once a week for six weeks” to “we’d really like to see you every day for the next four days”. This suggestion is based on our experience with treating different kinds of conditions. If you don’t come in often enough or long enough, acupuncture probably won’t work for you.
Acupuncture treatments can take time to work and to provide lasting results. While some patients will feel immediate relief or a measurable lessening of symptoms with each treatment, this does not mean your condition is gone for good. A good analogy is the use of antibiotics in western medicine. With antibiotics, you are not asked to take a pill once. Instead you are prescribed a course of treatment that can last for days or weeks. You might feel markedly better after a short time, but you still need to complete the course of treatment. Acupuncture is the same. We are slowly changing the way your body is balanced, and this is not something that typically happens in one treatment. Your body needs time to learn how to balance itself, so it won’t revert to its old ways.
Do you use sterile needles?
For the last 20 years, acupuncturists have used one-time use, sterilized, disposable needles as the industry standard. So there is no re-using of needles even from one part of the body to another.
I'm afraid of needles. Will I be OK?
Acupuncture needles are super thin, and a treatment feels nothing like a hypodermic injection from your doctor. We work with new patients every day and some are not so keen on needles. Just let us know how you feel and we’ll make sure you are comfortable. Once they give it a try, most people find acupuncture extremely relaxing.
How Much Does it Cost?
First time patients: $40
Existing Clients: $30
Elders over 60 and Veterans: Happy Hour Treatments $20
(Weekdays by appointment before 4pm)
One on One Acupuncture (can include Cupping)
Cupping without Acupuncture
Do you accept Insurance?
We do not.
As we keep our costs so low they are often less than your co-pay.
You will get a receipt when purchasing a treatment, however we do not supply detailed insurance receipts.
Why is it so inexpensive?
We make acupuncture affordable by streamlining our treatments and seeing multiple patients in an hour. Instead of asking you lots of questions, we rely on tongue and pulse diagnosis to decide how to treat you.
Tiny Needles does not receive grants, state or federal money, or insurance reimbursement. Tiny Needles exists because patients pay for their treatments.
How does the community room work?
We use recliners, clustered in groups in a large, quiet, soothing space.
We allow you to rest for up to an hour in the community room. We recommend resting for at least 30 minutes for the best results.
The “right” amount of time varies from patient to patient. Most people learn after a few treatments when they feel “done”.
Tell the receptionist, when you check in, if you need to be finished at a certain time. In general, if you feel done, open your eyes and give your acupuncturist a meaningful look or cough gently – if your eyes are closed, we think you’re asleep and we won’t wake you up until you've been in the chair for an hour.
For it to work well for everyone the community setting requires some flexibility from you. For instance, many patients have a favorite recliner. When we are busy, someone may be sitting in yours. Similarly, we have a few patients who snore. Other patients who dislike snoring bring earplugs to their treatments. Some of our patients even bring favorite pillows or blankets from home with them, because they prefer theirs to ours.
The soothing atmosphere in our clinic exists because all of our patients create it by relaxing together. We appreciate everyone’s presence! This kind of collective stillness is a rare and precious thing in our rushed and busy society. Maintaining this reservoir of calm requires that no one talk very much in the clinic space.
Important Medical Details
In the state of California, Acupuncturists can be declared your primary care practitioner. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is its own complete system of medicine. The combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, massage, nutrition and physical exercise are the blend that allowing for healing. Regardless, we do not replace your western practitioner, especially in cases that are serious. We look forward to working in conjunction with a team of practitioners to help fully address your health. Please do not hesitate to have your other practitioners contact us so that we might figure out the best way to approach you achieving optimal health.