Does it hurt?

Most patients find acupuncture relaxing and soothing and some even fall asleep during treatments.  While there can be a sensation with the superficial insertion of acupuncture needles it is not described as pain.  Acupuncture needles are very fine and are inserted just underneath the skin so that with the very quick insertion they are hardly felt at all.
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How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture needles act as conductors for the connective tissues, which make up the largest organ in the body.  When needles are inserted at specific location sites that correspond to the greater channels that span the entire body a current in created which stimulates to movement of qi, blood and body fluids along these channels.  Acupuncture works to create movement in the body where stagnation has caused disease and pain.
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How often should I come?
Depending on your chief complaint we will work with you to find a treatment plan that will best fit your lifestyle and best treat your condition.  Generally we ask people to come once per week for 8-10 weeks.  For many conditions you will notice results right away, and for other chronic conditions it may take up to 10 treatments to begin seeing change.
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What is the youngest child that can get acupuncture?
Children of any age can benefit from acupuncture. Children’s conditions change much faster than adults and thus they respond very well to acupuncture.
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How deep do the needles go?
The needles go from a few millimeters to 3cm deep.  The depth varies depending on the location on the body.
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How much does it cost? And more about sliding scales…
We offer sliding scale treatments. $45-$75 per session and have a $35 low income rate. Our goal is to be accessible and allow for a high frequency of treatments thus producing better results. Please call (323) 617-5027, or email us at info@universalfamilyclinic.com for more information.
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What is your cancellation policy? 
We require 12 hours notice before cancelling an appointment.  Late notice cancelations are subject to a cancelation fee equal to half the treatment price.  Thank you for your understanding.
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Is there anything I need to do before my appointment?
CLICK HERE and please print and fill out our First Appointment Form and bring it to your first visit.  Otherwise, there is no specific preparation for your treatment.  In general, it helps our diagnostics when we see patients in a way that represents their ever day life. Thanks!

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