Acupuncture is a medical system that has been used to diagnose, treat and prevent illness for more than twenty five centuries. Acupuncture can remedy acute or chronic ailments, relieve pain, enhance recuperative powers, and strengthen the immune system. In an Oriental Medicine assessment, Dr. Penner will diagnose, or differentiate your condition with a thorough examination through medical history, pulse and tongue diagnosis. Dr. Penner may also use the following adjunct techniques within your session; Moxibustion (heat), Gua Sha (scraping), Cupping (suction), Auricular Therapy (ear acupuncture), electrical stimulation, or even manual manipulation of the points. There are many different styles of Acupuncture, including; Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Tibetan.
Extremely fine, hair-thin, flexible needles are placed at specific points on the energetic pathways, known as meridians. When the needles are inserted you may experience a sensation of tingling or warmth. People are surprised to find that treatments are actually quite relaxing. The length and frequency of a treatment may vary for each individual and will be determined by Dr. Penner. Acupuncture treatments are scheduled according to the nature of your condition. As you improve, fewer visits are required. Discuss your treatment plan with Dr. Penner, since each individual is different.
Acupuncture is a safe procedure and is well known for its efficacy and lack of side-effects when administered by a qualified practitioner. Dr. Penner uses pre-sterilized, disposable needles when administering an acupuncture treatment. All practitioners licensed by the State of California comply with strict regulations for proper needle sterilization.
Many insurance companies currently cover acupuncture treatments. Check with your insurance carrier to determine your coverage. The American Association of Oriental Medicine is working to inform insurers and the public in order to standardize payment practices and accessibility to acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. For additional advice, ask Dr. Penner for suggestions regarding this issue.