Drug free Pain Management Acupuncture

At Alternate Therapeutics Health & Skin Clinic Atherton, we are often asked, “does acupuncture hurt”. 


Acupuncture is not considered painful. The insertion of the needles into the acupuncture points is not a painful process as the needles are very fine. Sometimes you may feel a slight tingling, or an electric sensation as the needle enters the skin, but over time and by having regular appointments, acupuncture can be relaxing.


What is Acupuncture exactly?

People often turn to this ancient drug-free therapeutic service for improved health and wellbeing.  One of the most important concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine is that of Qi, the vital force or energy that flows through a system of channels in the body known as the Meridians. The goal of acupuncture is to establish healthy body function by restoring the natural circulation of energy, or Qi.  Acupuncture is using a sterile single use fine needle (approximately 0.2mm diameter) that is inserted into the skin.  Once the needle is inserted it is stimulated at various depths and points around the body creating therapeutic effects. Hydro – Acupuncture (point injection) is needling therapy by injecting sodium chloride into various points on the body.


What are some of the more common complaints Acupuncture might help with?

Acupuncture may assist with more common complaints or health issues such as muscle and joint pain, respiratory complaints, skin issues, headaches, chronic pain, arthritis, sports injuries, depression, fatigue & insomnia, stress & anxiety.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.  Feel the difference in your health and wellbeing.


Using Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture services, Alternate Therapeutics Atherton Health & Skin Clinic assists clients achieve better health inside and out.  Remedies maybe be prescribed based on patterns of imbalance in the body. Through Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture services, the body is encouraged to promote healing and to improve its own functions.


The Traditional Chinese Medicine practice of acupuncture and other Traditional Chinese Medicine services has been used around the world for promoting health and wellbeing for more than 2000 years.  After a thorough health consultation, each client receives a unique program tailored to the specific health complaint or concern. The program may vary depending on how clients respond to remedies.  Therefore, frequency of appointments can vary.