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  • What is acupuncture?

    Acupuncture is an ancient technique of helping the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by skilled practitioner inserting very fine solid needles, applying heat, cupping or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.

  • How does acupuncture work?

    Acupuncture theory is base on the meridian systems. The classical Chinese explanation is that energy runs in regular patterns through the body and over its surface through the channels. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others, which bring imbalance of the body.

    The meridians can be influenced by stimulating the acupuncture points (which located on the meridians); the stimulation of the acupuncture points unblock the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body's internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.

    The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system.

    The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body's natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.

  • How many treatments will I need?

    The number of treatments needed differs from person to person, which depends on the history, severity of the disease and as well as your body constitution and how you response to the needling stimulation. For complex or long-standing conditions, one or two treatments a week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required. For 

    health care, just several times a year.

  • Does acupuncture hurt?

    People experience acupuncture needling differently. As the acupuncture needles are very thin and solid and are made from stainless steel, so most people feel no pain at all, some of them feel only minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Once the needles are in place, there is no pain felt.

    The point of acupuncture needle is smooth (not hollow with cutting edges like a hypodermic needle), so insertion through the skin is not as painful as injections or blood sampling. The risk of bruising and skin irritation is less than when using a hollow needle.

    We only use disposable needles.

  • Are there any side effects to the treatment?

    Usually not. As energy is redirected in the body, healing begins to take place. It is quite common with the first one or two treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation immediately following the treatment. These pass within a short time, and never require anything more than a bit of rest to overcome. Very occasionally the original symptoms worsen for a few days, this should not always cause concern, as they are simply indications that the acupuncture is starting to work. Occasionally the acupuncture site maybe bruised, but it will disappear soon.

  • Does acupuncture really work?

    Yes. In the past 2,000 years, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other health modalities combined. Today acupuncture is practiced widely in Asia, and in Europe. It is now being used more and more in America. Acupuncture treatments can be given at the same time other techniques are being used, such as conventional Western medicine, osteopathic or chiropractic adjustments, and homeopathic or naturopathic prescriptions. It is important that your acupuncturist know everything that you are doing, so he or she can help you get the most benefit from all your treatments.

  • Do I have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?

    No. Acupuncture is used successfully on cats, dogs, horses and other animals. These animal patients do not understand or believe in the process that helps them get better. A positive attitude toward wellness may reinforce the effects of the treatment received, just as a negative attitude may hinder the effects of acupuncture or any other treatment. A neutral attitude ("I don't know if I really believe in this.") will not block the treatment results.

  • Are there any "Do's and Don'ts" for me on the day of a treatment?

    Yes. To enhance the value of a treatment, the following guidelines are important:

    • Do not scrape or brush the tongue (Acupuncturist can make diagnosis from see the tongue coating)
    • Do not drink coffee, brown or other colored drinks 2 hours before the treatment (it may color the tongue coating)
    • Do not get the treatment while feel hungry, this may bring light headed or dizziness during treatment.
    • Do not eat an unusually large meal immediately before or after your treatment.
    • Do not consume alcoholic beverages within 4 hours before or after the treatment.
    • Continue to take any prescription medicines as directed by your regular doctor.
  • Is acupuncture covered by health insurance?

    Some insurance companies currently cover acupuncture costs. Each health policy must be reviewed to determine acupuncture benefits. More and more insurance companies are recognizing the value of providing coverage for medical acupuncture services.

  • What type of conditions are treated?
    Visit our Treatment page for a list of conditions.
  • What is Chinese herbal medicine?

    Chinese herbal medicine is the main treatment method within Traditional Chinese Medicine. Chinese herbal medicine is based on an individualized pattern diagnosis as well as a disease diagnosis. The patient receives a custom written herbal prescription designed to treat their individual pattern as well as the symptom or disease.

  • How are herbal medicines taken?

    There are herbal pills, tinctures, and powdered extracts. Some of the practitioner suggest drinking a tea prepared by boiling the selected herbs.

  • Does herbal medicine have side effects?

    Most of the components of herbal medicine have very low side effects. When they are prescribed according to a correct TCM pattern diagnosis, they should have very few, if any, side effects…only beneficial healing results. There are a few traditional Chinese herbs that have been found toxic through research and treatments stopped by the FDA. If you have any further questions, please discuss with your practitioners.

    If you have any further questions that were not addressed in this web site, please discuss with your practitioners. You also can call to have a consultation by phone or in person.

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I was diagnosed with Bell's Palsy on November 27th and immediately began acupuncture treatment at a clinic in south Austin. After 7 weeks of treatments I saw very little results and asked the acupuncturist for his recommendation. He said he had done all he could do and referred me to Dr. Liu. I was shocked that someone who was collecting almost $300 a week from me would refer me away to another doctor. I called and set up an appointment with Dr. Liu for the next week.

At the initial appointment Dr. Liu spent almost two hours working on my face. He started with an initial discussion of the Bell's and its onset, then treated the area with acupuncture and massage. I have been seeing him for almost 4 weeks and have seen drastic improvements in facial movement. He prioritized treatment by focusing on the eye area first so that I could begin to close my eye. He has moved onto the smile lines and has been able to bring back movement there as well. He is now working on the brow and forehead lines.

Dr. Liu is extremely well versed in neurological diseases and specifically Bells Palsy. He has great nurtitional advice as well. Dr. Liu teaches patients a multi-prong approach to recovery. He makes sure to spend adequate time examining tender facial muscles and treating specific areas of need during each appointment. He also taught me how to massage the muscles when I go home to encourage recovery in between appointments.

I am so thankful to have come in contact with him. My Bell's Palsy is definitely improving and I am positive his treatments are the cause. I would highly recommend visiting Dr. Liu for acupuncture treatments.

A. Jacobs