Acupuncture Specialist

Preventive Medical Center of Marin


Integrative Family Medicine located in San Rafael, CA

Acupuncture has been used to alleviate pain and treat other health conditions for thousands of years. At Preventive Medical Center of Marin in San Rafael, California, Elson M. Haas, MD, and his team offer acupuncture to reduce pain and treat other chronic health conditions including high blood pressure and gastrointestinal disorders. If you’re interested in acupuncture, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

Acupuncture Q & A

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient healing art that targets specific points in your body to improve your health and wellness. Developed in ancient China, acupuncture is believed to encourage the flow of Qi, or life forces, through specific pathways in your body.

Many modern practitioners believe that acupuncture stimulates your nervous system, circulation, and the natural painkillers produced in your body.

What conditions improve with acupuncture?

Dr. Haas and the team at Preventive Medical Center of Marin suggest acupuncture as a drug-free therapeutic option for many conditions, including musculoskeletal pain caused by osteoarthritis, soft tissue injuries, and muscle tension. They may also recommend acupuncture for:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Dental pain and temporomandibular joint disorder
  • Women’s reproductive health problems
  • Allergies
  • Sciatica and other nerve pain issues
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chemotherapy side effects

Your provider may also recommend acupuncture as part of an overall plan to enhance your wellness. Busy modern lifestyles don’t allow much time for self-care, and taking time out to focus on relaxation and your well-being can provide a range of benefits.

What should I expect during acupuncture?

While acupuncture may sound uncomfortable, the needles are extremely thin and don’t cause any pain during or after insertion. Your provider uses sterile, disposable needles and chooses the insertion points based on your overall health and any pain or other symptoms.

During your acupuncture session, you rest comfortably on a treatment bed. Your provider inserts the acupuncture needles at specific points in your body, and you simply relax for up to 30 minutes. Depending on your needs, your provider may stimulate your needles, which could cause a tingling sensation.

Am I a good candidate for acupuncture?

Acupuncture is suitable for almost everyone. At Preventive Medical Center of Marin, Dr. Haas and his team are devoted to providing highly-personalized care, which begins with a comprehensive consultation and exam. If Dr. Haas or one of the other providers believes that you’ll benefit from acupuncture, they’ll suggest it and answer any questions you have about the treatment.

If you’re interested in acupuncture or working with a team of health care providers who genuinely want to help you improve your health, call Preventive Medical Center of Marin or schedule a consultation online today.