At Lyons Acupuncture we are committed to helping patients enhance their health naturally. Below are some of the most common questions people have about acupuncture. If you have additional questions, please contact Jennifer Lyons, L.Ac. at her Carlsbad, CA office.

What is the treatment session entail?

At the beginning of an acupuncture session you can expect a detailed question and answer session to determine your health concerns and the history of the present illness. An acupuncture treatment session itself is a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. A deep sense of calm is what patients typically describe when asked how they feel after an acupuncture session. During an acupuncture treatment you can expect to have very fine filiform needles inserted at the site of acupuncture points on your body. We always use sterile, disposable needles that are as thin as a single piece of hair. The number of needles varies depending on your condition.

If indicated, we may use various special techniques such as cupping (suction is created to help conditions of pain and chronic asthma), moxabustion (an herb which is burned near the skin to warm the local area), electrical-stimulation of the acupuncture points (to provide an enhancement of the acupuncture needles effect), and tuina/massage. These techniques will not be at any additional cost, and are used within an acupuncture treatment session when necessary.

What does acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture can treat a wide variety of disorders. The following are conditions that may be treated by acupuncture. Many of them have been identified by the World Health Organization as specific conditions that respond to acupuncture:

Chronic and acute pain - headaches, injuries, neck and back pain, tendonitis, sciatica, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and fibromyalgia

Neurological disorders - post stroke recovery, Bell’s Palsy, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Parkinson’s Disease, paralysis, numbness

Upper Respiratory Disorders - colds, influenza, asthma, cough, allergies, bronchitis, sinusitis, sore throat and laryngitis

Digestive Disorders - irritable bowel disorder, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, gastritis, heartburn, food allergies, ulcers, nausea, vomiting, side effects of chemotherapy

Urinary and Reproductive Disorders - cystitis, menstrual cramps, painful periods, irregular and heavy periods, infertility, menopausal symptoms

Addictions - addiction to nicotine, alcohol and drugs; eating disorders

Emotional Health - depression, anxiety, insomnia, stress

Other - dizziness, high blood pressure, immune system deficiency, skin disorders

Is acupuncture regulated?

The State of California has the highest standards of licensure in the nation. Acupuncturists are required to have graduated with a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from a four-year accredited acupuncture and herbal medical program in the United States. The state also requires that practitioners pass the California State Acupuncture Licensing Examination.

Is there anything special that I need to do to prepare for my treatment?

Please make sure to eat a light meal or snack a few hours prior to treatment. It is important that you drink an adequate amount of fluids throughout the day prior to treatment, as well as following treatment. Please wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing for your acupuncture session.

Does acupuncture hurt?

People usually find acupuncture treatment to be a pleasant experience. The needles that are used are very fine filiform needles, and are single use and in sterile packaging. Most patients describe the sensation of an acupuncture needle being inserted as a deep, distending and sometimes achy feeling. This achy, deep sensation is actually beneficial because it signifies that the needle has “gotten Qi”, or that it is at the optimal state for being therapeutic. After the needles are inserted, you will rest on a comfortable massage table for 15-20 minutes. We play soothing music to aid in your relaxation. Patients typically describe themselves as feeling relaxed and rejuvenated by the end of an acupuncture session.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments that is recommended is based on the severity and duration of your condition. Acute conditions typically require fewer treatments to resolve the condition than for chronic, long term conditions. A chronic condition may require weekly treatments for a period of time, but as we see improvement, patients can usually come in less often than weekly if desired. Our goal at Lyons Acupuncture is to use acupuncture and other modalities in Traditional Chinese Medicine to help your body begin to heal itself. We offer package deals and discounts so that you can affordably realize your health and wellness goals.

Can I use my insurance?

You may ask your human resources representative at your place of employment, check your healthplan, or call our office and will will check to see if you have acupuncture coverage. We are an in-network provider with most major insurance carriers including Cigna PPO, United Healthcare HMO/PPO, Blue Shield PPO and Blue Cross PPO. Please call to inquire regarding the current list of insurance plans that we accept.


Our office is located in the heart of downtown Carlsbad, CA, with convenient access via car from the I-5 and Highway 78.

Lyons Acupuncture
1207 Carlsbad Village Dr., Suite T
Carlsbad, CA 92008

p: 760-415-7590

We are also easily accessible via public transportation, located 6 blocks from the Carlsbad Village Coaster Station. Schedules can be found at