Frequently Asked Questions

acupuncture treatments

Acupuncture FAQ

Questions covered:

Are acupuncturists doctors?
How does acupuncture work?
What can acupuncture treat?
Do acupuncture needles hurt?
Is acupuncture safe?
Are acupuncture needles sterile?
How many acupuncture treatments are needed?
What should I expect in an acupuncture session?
How should I prepare for my acupuncture treatment?
Can a child have acupuncture?

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medicinal herbs

Herbalism FAQ

Questions covered:

How does Chinese herbal medicine differ from other medicines?
What herbs are used in traditional Chinese medicine?
What conditions can Chinese herbal medicine treat?
Do Chinese herbs work for weight loss?
Do Chinese herbs work for insomnia?
Do Chinese herbs work for anxiety?
How quickly do chinese herbs work?
How long will i need to take chinese herbs?
How long do chinese herbs stay in your system?
Can Chinese herbs interact with medications?
Can you take Chinese herbs and antibiotics?
Can chinese herbs cause liver damage?
Is it safe for children to take Chinese herbal medicine?
Where do you get your herbs?

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woman practicing meditation

Mind-Body Practices FAQ

Questions covered:

What is tai chi?
What is the purpose of tai chi?
What conditions does tai chi help?
Is tai chi the same as taijiquan?
How long is a typical tai chi session?
How many times a week should i do tai chi?
What is qigong?
What is medical qigong?
What does qigong help with?
What is the difference between tai chi and qigong?
How many times a week should i do qigong?
What is meditation?
Is meditation part of Chinese medicine?
What are advantages of meditation?
How often should you meditate to see results?
Is qigong as good as yoga? / Is tai chi as good as meditation? / Is qigong as good as meditation?

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Other Common Questions

How does herbalism work?

Over the numerous generations stretching from ancient times to the modern era, Chinese herbalists have been honing the perfect blend of herbal substances to approach a full spectrum of ailments with undeniably favorable outcomes, and in some instances in alleviating issues modern therapies have yet to adequately tackle. See the Herbalism section of our Services page for more information.

When will you use needles versus herbal remedies?

Most cases will utilize a balanced mixture of needles, herbs, and mind-body practices linked together into one tailor-made protocol. After a comprehensive consultation, the clinician determines which approach is most effective and suitable for the patient.

How do I take the herbal remedies?

The common ways in which Chinese herbs are dispensed today are as:

  • decoctions made from bulk (fresh) herbs
  • powder of ground up bulk herbs ingested directly or dissolved in hot water
  • powder granules encapsulated or formed as pills or dissolved in hot water
  • alcohol-based tinctures.

There are other methods to prepare topical remedies such as ointments, liniments, and pastes. Many formulas are available in several formats. Our theory is that the most effective format is the one the patient will most likely take as prescribed.

What is a decoction?

To prepare a decoction, herbs from the prescribed bag are soaked in water and then simmered for a period of time depending on the protocol. This water is separated, and the herbs are again simmered in additional water. After that, both volumes of water are added and this volume is divided into separate doses. One bag typically makes 2-3 days worth of fluid doses.

What are powder granules?
This is a factory-based process where large quantities of single herbs are decocted in a large vat. The fluid made from the decoctions are then sprayed on inert (usually potato starch) granules, which are then tested to assure the proper amount of the active herbal components are present on the granules. The granules for different single herbs are then proportionally mixed to form formula granules. This format aids in ease of shipping, delivery, and ease of use and unlike other factory produced herbal products, can be customized.
How soon will I see benefits?

Most commonly patients report a change in symptoms at the time of needling, or do not perceive the difference until after the treatment when they stand up and move around. Sometimes it takes a few hours of them going about their day before they gradually notice things are better. And sometimes people do not notice it until the next morning, after a night’s sleep.

The expectation for results with herbal treatments can range from within minutes after ingesting the first dose to several weeks of continued use depending on the condition and the formula used (sometimes a slow response is what is needed). The average reported length of time before something is noticed is 3-4 days

How long will the benefits last?
Acupuncture treatments are not typically “one and done” treatments. Any positive effect acupuncture has in setting your flow back in order is expected to fade as long as the underlying disease is still present. Patients most commonly report a return of symptoms within 3-4 days. It is also typical for each time symptoms return that they are less severe or different in quality. And after each treatment the length of time before the effect fades lasts longer and longer until, as is the hopeful goal, the effect lasts indefinitely.
How frequently do I need to come for treatment?

Once the benefit of the acupuncture treatment begins to wane, the patient should return for additional treatments. Studies have shown that it may take up to 10-12 treatments before a long-sustained positive effect on symptoms is noted. The most common time frame reported by patients is that positive effect is noted within 2-3 treatments.

Herbal prescriptions are generally dispensed for two weeks, at which time the patient should be reassessed.

What are the rules and restrictions of mini treatments?
Mini treatments are same day/short notice single symptom treatments available to established patients. Treatments last up to 15 minutes and are provided in a zero gravity chair. The most common symptoms eligible for mini treatments are migraine headaches and their associated neurological symptoms. Only up to two mini treatments are administered between full sessions. If it takes more than two, then the issue is not being fully addressed with mini treatments and a full session is required. Certain conditions are not suitable for mini treatments and therefore mini treatments are only given at the medical discretion of the provider.
Do need to be a patient to take the Taijiquan/qigong/meditation classes?
No. The group mind-body and taijiquan classes are open to everyone.
Do I need to go to the Taijiquan/qigong/meditation classes if I am a patient?
No. Any mind body practice that is deemed appropriate for your treatment is instructed as part of your regular appointment. No additional time is needed, though the group classes are perfect for when additional time is sought.
What are the most common ailments that Eastern medicine can help with?

As it has been, for all intents and purposes, the sole medical system in use for the entirety of China’s lengthy dynastic era, acupuncture, herbalism, and mind-body exercises can treat a full spectrum of diseases. Our practice philosophy at Yi Guan Acupuncture and Chinese Herbalism is not that one picks East over West, but one uses East and West in proper balance to more optimally manage your issues. Common issues addressed:

  • Acute and chronic pain
  • Headaches
  • Emotional dysregulation
  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Endocrine imbalances
  • Poor digestion
  • Stabilizing cravings for weight control, smoking cessation, or substance abuse cessation

Dr. Dan Perez is both a Western-trained physician and a graduate of the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. Based in Austin, Texas, AOMA is recognized as one of the leading schools in Chinese Medicine. Being both an expert in Western medicine and Chinese medicine, Dr. Perez offers his patients natural, minimally invasive and integrative medical options for treating a variety of chronic medical conditions. If you would like to know more about how Dr. Perez can help with your health and well being, contact him today. You can contact Dr. Perez at his office, located just off of Bee Cave Road in northwest Austin (near Lakeway), for more information or to book an appointment.