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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. Rooted in the ancient Taoist belief that everything in the universe is interconnected, TCM practitioners believe that what happens to one part of the body affects every other part of the body. The mind, body and organ systems are not viewed separately as in Western medicine, but as an interconnected structures that work together for the body to function properly. TCM encompasses many different practices designed to help patients achieve and maintain optimal health and wellness including acupuncture, acupressure, moxibustion, herbal medicine, tuina, dietary and lifestyle changes, meditation, tai chi and chi gong.


What are Acupuncture points and meridians?

One of the founding concepts of TCM is qi ("chi") - a vital force or energy which flows through the body via channels or pathways, called meridians, that interconnect and correspond to specific organs, organ systems and bodily functions. Imbalances or interruptions in the flow qi contribute to illness and injury. Restoring the natural flow of qi restores balance to the body so it can heal itself. There are approximately 2000 acupoints (acupuncture/acupressure points) on the human body, which are connected to the 20 meridians that conduct qi (energy) between the body's surface and internal organ systems. Each acupoint has a different effect on the qi that passes through it.


Does Acupuncture hurt?

While each patient's experience is different, acupuncture needles are so thin they generally do not stimulate enough nerve ending to cause pain. If any discomfort is experienced upon insertion, it's often compared to a mosquito bite and disappears within a few seconds. Once the needles make contact with the qi, a slight numbing or tingling sensation may be experienced.


What are the needles like?

Acupuncture needles are very different from the hypodermic needles used to give injections. Acupuncture needles are solid, hair-thin and fine. They are pre-sterilized, individually packaged and disposable to ensure no contamination or transmission of disease.


Are there any treatments without needles?

Yes. There is acupressure, tuina, heat, cupping, moxibustion and herbal therapy.


What is Acupressure?

Acupressure is sometimes referred to as needleless acupuncture because it utilizes the same acupoints on the body. Instead of inserting needles, the acupuncturist stimulates the points using finger pressure to relieve tension, promote the circulation of blood and qi and aid in the healing process.


What is Tuina?

Tuina ("twee nah") is a TCM technique that is best described as a combination of massage, acupressure and other forms of body manipulation. Tuina works by applying pressure to acupoints, meridians, muscle groups and/or nerves to remove blockages and restore a balanced flow of qi. Herbal compresses, liniments, ointments and heat may be used during a session. Tuina is especially useful for treating chronic pain, musculoskeletal conditions and stress related disorders affecting the digestive and/or respiratory systems.


What is Moxibustion?

Moxibustion is a TCM technique that involves the burning of moxa (aka mugwort, artemesia vulgaris Latin, ai ye Chinese), a spongy herb. There are two types of moxibustion: direct and indirect. Direct moxibustion involves placing a small cone-shaped amount of moxa on an acupoint and burning it. Indirect moxibustion involves burning a moxa stick (about the size and shape of a cigar), near the area being treated. An alternate method is to wrap the tip of an acupuncture needle in moxa and burning it, allowing the heat to penetrate directly through the needle into the surrounding tissue. The patient should experience a pleasant heating sensation that penetrates deep into the tissue, but should not experience any pain. Moxibustion is used to expel cold and warm the meridians, leading to a smoother flow of qi.


What is Cupping?

Cupping is one of the oldest TCM techniques with recorded usage dating back to the early 4th century. It may be part of an acupuncture session or can be added to a massage session for an additional fee (see Services tab for pricing). Glass cups are warmed and then placed over the patient's skin creating a vacuum and gently drawing the skin upward and anchoring the cup in place. Several cups may be used at once. Depending on the condition being treated, the cups may be left in place or a time, or moved along specific acupoints and/or meridians with the aid of oils. Cupping opens the skins pores, stimulates the circulation of blood and qi, breaks up obstructions and allows toxins to be drawn out of the body. Cupping is used to treat respiratory conditions, arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders, certain types of pain, depression and inflammation.


Are there any side effects of Acupuncture?

One of the greatest advantages of acupuncture is the absence of side effects. Rarely, there may be some slight bruising around the area where a needle was placed.


What payment methods do you accept?

Cash, check, Visa, Master Card, Discover.


What is your late/cancellation policy?

We understand that issues occur, we kindly request that you call and let us know if you're going to be more than a few minutes late so we know you're still coming. We will do our best to accommodate you.


We generally can work within a 5 minute delay, however, if time runs 10-15 minutes or more, we will likely have to shorten your session by that amount of time, Full price will be charged for the actual scheduled time. In return, we will make sure we are on time, and if for some reason we are not, we will give you the time back or adjust the price of the session. 


If you need to cancel an appointment for any reason, 24 hours advance notice is required when cancelling an appointment. This allows the opportunity for someone else to schedule an appointment. 


What are your hours of operation?

Tuesday - Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Saturday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Sunday & Monday: Closed


Where are you located?

We are conveniently located in the heart of Friendswood, Texas at the corner of FM 2351 (aka W. Edgewood Dr.) and Woodlawn Dr. about a country block from FM 518. We are across the street from Friendswood Children's House (aka The Little Red School House).