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Acupuncture treatment for effective relief of pain and health issues

Dr. Lin Dan Zhu provides effective and high-quality acupuncture services. Her goal is to make the patients feel amazing through the core services of acupuncture, cupping, gua-sha and moxibustion. Call (415) 419-5574 or Book an appointment online.

According to acupuncture theory, acupuncture regulates the flow of Qi through the meridians and organs, removes blockages, strengthens the body’s Qi, and lessens the effects of external pathogens.

The First Acupuncture Visit Includes:

  • Detailed history intake and evaluation
  • Tongue observation and pulse diagnosis
  • Acupuncture treatment
  • Other healing modalities (as needed): nutritional counseling, herbal formulation, moxibustion, electrical stimulation, acupressure, cupping, or gua sha

Our Specialties:

  • Acupuncture treatment for Stress, Anxiety, Depression
  • Acupuncture treatment for Menopausal Symptoms
  • Acupuncture treatment for Acne and Eczema
  • Acupuncture for Side effects from Cancer Treatment
  • Acupuncture treatment for Back Pain, Hip pain and Muscle pain
  • Acupuncture treatment for Erectile Dysfunction
  • Acupuncture treatment for Bell’s palsy
  • Acupuncture treatment for Insomnia
  • Acupuncture treatment for Headaches and Migraines
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ABOUT Dr. Lin Dan Zhu ND, LAc, Dipl. OM

Naturopathic Doctor, Functional Medicine Practitioner
Licensed Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist

Dr. Lin Dan Zhu is a California licensed naturopathic doctor, functional medicine practitioner, acupuncturist, and Chinese herbalist, who genuinely cares about you because she understands what it feels like to go from one doctor to another doctor and not able to get answers and solutions that don’t require taking numerous prescription pills and supplements.

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Dr. Zhu’s Specialty

  • Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (California License No. ND1126)
  • Completed CNME-accredited Naturopathic Residency Program
  • Licensed Acupuncturist (California License No. AC19068)
  • National Board Certified and Designated Diplomate of Oriental Medicine – The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)

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How Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture is an ancient medicine that originated in China at least 2,500 years ago. Acupuncture can be used to treat a broad range of health conditions, from pain to insomnia, and from allergies to menstrual cramps.

Acupuncture involves placing very small needles in specific points on your body. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) hold that there are as many as 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body, which are connected by 20 pathways called meridians. These meridians conduct energy, or Qi, between the surface of the body and its internal organs.

FAQ

How does acupuncture work?2021-11-05T21:29:05+00:00

Studies indicate there are multiple mechanisms by which the acupuncture stimulates the body. One, acupuncture increases pain threshold via the release of certain opioid peptides (1). Second, acupuncture stimulates the deeper parts of the brain, such as the limbic system, thus influencing the ways we perceive and respond to  pain (2-3). Third, studies have found that acupuncture increases blood flow to the local area (4). Fourth, acupuncture can block our pain or nociceptive pathway (5). Lastly, acupuncture stimulates myofascial trigger point release (6).

References:

  1. Han J, Terenius L. Neurochemical basis of acupuncture analgesia. Annual review of Pharmacology and Toxicology, 1982;22:193-220.
  2. Hui K, Liu J, et al. Acupuncture modulates the limbic system and subcortical grey structures of the human brain: Evidence from fMRI studies in normal subjects. Human Brain Mapp, 2000;9(1):13-25.
  3. Hui K, Liu J. et al. The integrated response of the human cerebro-cerebellar and limbic systems to acupuncture stimulation at ST 36 as evidenced by fMRI. Neuroimage, 2005 Sept;27(3):479-496.
  4. Sandberg M, Lundeberg T, et al. Effects of acupuncture on skin and muscle blood flow in healthy subjects. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 2003 Sept;90(1-2):114-119.
  5. Sandkuhler J. Learning and memory in pain pathways. Pain, 2000 Nov;88(2):113-118.
  6. Mense S, Simons D. Muscle Pain: Understanding Its Nature, Diagnosis and Treatment. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams, & Wilkins, 1999.
Can I use acupuncture in combination with traditional medicine treatments?2021-11-02T16:14:11+00:00

Yes, definitely! In fact, that’s what we do. We often combine acupuncture with traditional medicine treatments to maximize your healing.

Is Acupuncture Safe?2021-11-02T16:14:38+00:00

Yes, acupuncture is safe. We use sterile disposable needles only.

How many treatment sessions will I need?2021-11-02T16:15:28+00:00

It really depends on the individual and condition. Acute conditions typically require 1-2 treatments. Chronic conditions require more treatment sessions.

What does acupuncture feel like? Is it painful?2021-11-02T16:18:47+00:00

Most patients reports none to very slight discomfort, like a mosquito bite.

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