The most asked question from people who are new to acupuncture is “Is it painful?” The needles used at Berkeley Acupuncture Clinic are hair-thin and are not designed to cut the skin. They are inserted gently and shallowly and the experience is nothing like having an injection. Most people don’t even know I’ve inserted the needles.
In the last few decades, there has been a rapid growth in the awareness and use of Chinese Medicine in Western countries. In 1993, the Food and Drug Administration estimated that Americans made up to 12 million visits per year to acupuncture practitioners and spent upwards of half a billion dollars on acupuncture treatments. This rapid rise in popularity is due in part to patients who have tried acupuncture and gotten successful results then tell their friends. And in part due to recent clinical research supporting the efficacy of acupuncture for a variety of conditions.
While most patients know that acupuncture works well for acute and chronic pain, many don’t realize how effective it is at treating other issues as well.
Some of the issues we see at Berkeley Acupuncture Clinic:
If you go to pubmed.gov and search acupuncture, you will find more than 16,000 journal articles on acupuncture alone. Given its long history, you can imagine that there are many different styles of acupuncture for pain management.
At Berkeley Acupuncture Clinic, Bina primarily uses Japanese-style acupuncture which is characterized by the use of very fine needles, shallow insertion and minimal stimulation. A very gentle technique and no, it’s not painful!