Frequently Asked Questions
How does Acupuncture work?
Channels of energy flow from the hands to the feet (and visa versa).
Needles are placed at different points along these channels to affect the flow -
Locally: like a beacon (ie. “bad” knee, due to trauma)
Systemically: like antennae (ie. fatigue, cramps, digestion issues)
What does Acupuncture treat?
These are all conditions that Acupuncture can help?
Sinusitis, constipation, diarrhea, high blood pressure, menstrual issues (PMS, cramps, heavy bleeding), menopausal hot flashes, stomach ache, shingles, colds/flus, RLS, Sciatica, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, post stroke complications, selective mutism, frozen shoulder, PAIN of ANY kind (ie. back, neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, finger, hip, knee, ankle, foot, rib, etc), stress, anxiety, relaxation.
Is Acupuncture painful?
No, the needles are hairlike in diameter. In fact, most people fall asleep and are very relaxed during their session.
What is Community Acupuncture?
Community acupuncture is a nationwide movement to create access to acupuncture by removing the barrier of cost and time from healing. During the community acupuncture treatments the acupuncturist is able to move from client to client in our studio where several tables and comfortable treatment spaces are set up. You will be surrounded by other people quietly receiving treatment at the same time while your full privacy is respected. Points are used on areas of the body such as the scalp, ears, elbows, knees and limited parts of your back. There is no need to undress. The clinic is drop-in based and your treatment will be 30 minutes in length. A full chi cycle takes approximately 28-30 minutes. Many of our clients are finding that this model provides much needed and accessible healing. Sundays from 12-4pm. Sign up in advance here. We also take private appointments, please call the office to schedule!
What should I wear to Community Acupuncture?
Loose fitting clothing that can be rolled up and comfortable. Also, layered clothing that can provide access to arms and legs is also helpful.
How can I best utilize Acupuncture?
Although, many people experience immediate relief, Acupuncture is most effective with regular treatment. This is what makes community acupuncture so effective and valuable as it makes acupuncture affordable and convenient.
DR. JORGE INTAL, PHD, DAOM
Dr. Intal is a specialist in the practice of community acupuncture and integrative community medicine. He possesses over 15 years of clinical experience and training with a focus on providing compassionate, patient-centered primary care. Dr. Intal has practiced at Kaiser Permanente, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and other non-profit organizations throughout the Bay Area. He was awarded a PhD by Zhejiang Chinese Medical University. He also holds a clinical doctorate in acupuncture and Asian medicine and a master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and completed his bachelor’s in Neuroscience at Brown University. Dr. Intal’s clinical interests and emphasis include TCM internal medicine, oncology, endocrinology, physical medicine, behavioral health, prevention, wellness and longevity.