What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a natural, effective and non-invasive procedure used to promote the body's innate healing ability. It involves the insertion of single-use sterile hair-thin stainless steel needles into specific points on the body to create a therapeutic effect.
Doctors of Acupuncture use the system of Chinese medicine to diagnose and address each patient's health concerns.
Learn more about acupuncture here.
What does acupuncture feel like?
Acupuncture is a pleasant, relaxing, and painless experience. With a skilled practitioner, acupuncture needle insertion should be generally painless. Common sensations following the insertion of an acupuncture needle include a dull achey sensation, a heavy sensation, a warm, tingly sensation, an electric sensation, or muscle twitches. These can occur immediately after insertion or not until later in the treatment. These sensations are normal and expected and are a result of the energy meridians being activated within your body.
If you ever feel a sharp or stabbing pain after the insertion of an acupuncture needle, please communicate that with your acupuncturist so she can adjust or remove the needle.
Most patients report feeling very relaxed and calm during an acupuncture session.
How many acupuncture treatments will I need?
The amount of treatments you need will vary based on your health concerns, your body constitution, your symptom presentation, and your goals. After you initial consultation appointment, Dr. Cat will curate an appropriate treatment plan for your individualized needs.
On average, noticeable results begin to appear with 6-12 treatments. Do not be discouraged if you don't feel effects immediately after your first treatment! Each acupuncture treatment builds on each other and creates a compounding effect. Similar to working out at the gym, with consistency and a plan, you will achieve long-term results!
A general rule of thumb is to allow 12 weeks of treatment; this is how long it takes to begin the process of regulating the nervous system and noticing real results!
Who can practice acupuncture?
In the state of California, acupuncturists who maintain a valid license issued by the Acupuncture Board are legally allowed to practice acupuncture. Board certified acupuncturists must have graduated from a Board-approved college with a Master's degree or higher in Chinese Medicine, and must have completed at least 2,050 hours of didactic and laboratory training and at least 950 hours of supervised clinical instruction.
What is Kambo?
Kambo is the waxy secretion from the giant green monkey frog of the Amazon Rainforest. It is applied to a person via the burning of gates on the skin, where it enters the lymphatic system and creates a purgative effect. Traditionally it is used by indigenous tribes to combat disease and infections, improve fertility, increase strength, sharpen the senses, and remove bad energy. It is now recognized to be beneficial for many modern ailments due to its beneficial bioactive peptides, and there are currently 70 patents out on the secretion. Kambo is safe and legal. There are some conditions that are contraindicated for Kambo. Learn more here.
How many Kambo sessions will I need?
The amount of sessions that will benefit you will vary based on your condition and goals. It is recommended to receive 3 Kambo sessions within one moon-cycle to receive the most benefit. For acute conditions, 1-3 sessions may be enough. More chronic conditions may require up to 10 sessions. Sessions may be close together or more spaced out depending on your specific needs. It is recommended to receive no more than 12 Kambo sessions per year.
Do you accept health insurance?
Due to the detailed and personalized nature of your wellness visits, Dr. Cat does not accept health insurance as this would limit the amount of time and services she is able to provide. She can accept HSA and FSA accounts and can provide receipts for any of your visits.
What are your hours and location?
Dr. Cat offers acupuncture at Sage Haven in Mission Beach on the following days:
Monday 8a - 12p
Tuesday 2:30p - 7p
Thursday 8a - 12p
Saturday 12p - 5p
Dr. Cat offers acupuncture at Hillcrest Community Clinic on the following days:
Monday 3p - 7p
Wednesday 10a - 2p
Kambo is scheduled on an as-needed basis for clients. Please email, call, or text to schedule.