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Does it matter where I get acupuncture?


Acupuncture, energy balancing and herbal treatments are an essential part of our integrative treatment. All these ancient techniques are used in Natural Medicine. It is extremely important to find a practitioner that understands your problems and knows principles and practice of ancient medicine. While it is possible to take courses and learn acupuncture in 9 month, it most likely will not work and might even harm you. Natural Medicine takes years to study, and then many years to master the skills.

Meet our wonderful Frisel Lou who is adored by our patients and staff. Even her smile has healing powers! A native of the Philippines, she always had passion for mind and body healing.

Frisel Lou learned Chinese Medicine from the best mentors at Five Branches University in Santa Cruz and continues to master her techniques and knowledge as apprentice of Dr. Feng in Oakland and Dr. Edith Ubuntu Chan in San Francisco.

Dr. Jeffrey Pang, a master herbalist, has been invaluable in understanding  She believes learning is a life-long necessity for every healer. Frisel has thousands of hours of training in TCM in the U.S., but she felt that was not enough. She wanted to immerse herself in ancient traditions of healing and studied in China under the guidance of the best masters.

Frisel is actively involved in community teaching and is a member of many local health organizations.

She practices energy balancing, mindful healing and meditation. She also works with our patients who are receiving recovery and regeneration courses of treatment after surgery, toxic exposures, severe stress-related health issues and chronic fatigue disorder.

Frisel also enjoys to work with people who come to our clinic to achieve better health and life balance. She designs and prescribes herbal formulas as a part of treatments, advises on meditations and mind-body control techniques.

What can be treated with acupuncture?

Conditions she treats are complex and include (but not limited to):

  • pain management,
  • anxiety,
  • sleep problems,
  • brain and heart related diseases,
  • women’s health,
  • gastrointestinal disorders,
  • allergy,
  • migraines

While we mention these symptoms, you should know that acupuncture is just a method skillfully used by Natural Practitioners. Western Medicine does not regard separate “symptoms”. It believes that all dysfunctions of organs come from your energy being out of balance. This can be caused by “clogging” of energy meridians, too much “heat” or “cold” in certain organs that “pump” the energy and fluids.

How much does it cost?

The cost of appointment for Natural Medicine depend on the method you use for payment. If you would like to use insurance we can give you codes that you will need to check for coverage. Each plan has different approach to your benefits, so we can help you figuring it out.

We have set prices if you will pay cash. Remember – our services are covered by HSA (if you have it set up)

What should I expect on appointment?

alternative medicine with homeopathy, globules and acupuncture

Indeed, the appointment with a Natural Practitioner is different. First prepare for 1.5-2 hours. Make sure that you parked in an appropriate parking zone – our frond desk assistant can help you with that. Second, try not to schedule anything for a few hours following the appointment. Treatments are very relaxing, and you might want to go home and take a nap to increase healing effect. Make sure you wear comfortable cloths and easy to remove shoes.

Second, Dr Lou spends a lot of time talking to you before the actual acupuncture or massage. This is a diagnostic and healing time. Asian medicine’s beliefs are strong regarding you energy and mind healing in order to fix other problems that bother you. So, try to come open-minded and relaxed. Experience quiet no-rush healing session fully.

Third, we recommend to trust Dr Lou in selection of the treatment technique, but tell her about any reservations or fears. For example, for people who is afraid of needles, she can use acupressure – a technique when pressure points are stimulated with the tips of the fingers.

Don’t be shy – tell Dr Lou about all your health problems. Even if you were recommended to treat sciatica initially, she can help you with headaches, arthritis, urination problem and panic attacks!

Does acupuncture and cupping hurts?


Most natural treatments are pleasant and painless. Meanwhile, some techniques involve nerve stimulation and can bring “jolting” sensation. In some chronic diseases this is necessary to break the wrong cycle of energy. Talk to Dr Lou if the sensation that comes after or during treatment is unusual or unpleasant. Also, always tell her if you believe the treatment did not work or caused any side effects. Just like conventional medications, acupuncture might cause unexpected symptoms. On the other hand, sometimes healing must go through a rough time on the way to improvement.

Cupping is a method of creating a negative pressure under the cup which is placed on skin. The cup is heated by a flame and then placed on a certain point. In one of the treatment modalities the cup is pushed to slide down the path leaving a long superficial bruise. It is designed to create bruising to engage healing forces. Such treatment technique is amazingly helpful to get rid of inflammation in the tissues. It can help cure bronchitis and pneumonia. While you feel you skin tension, it does not hurt. The bruises will be dissolved by the immune cells of the body within 4-6 days. So, if you have certain event that requires your back to be open, talk to Dr Lou about it before the treatment.