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For Appointments call: (530) 223-2346


Acupuncture was first documented over 2,000 years ago in China. It is based on the concept that "Qi" circulates through pathways called "meridians" or "channels" and is necessary for health. The term "Qi" is often mis-translated as "energy", however, the word "Qi" does not translate easily into English. A more accurate description of Qi is that it is a combination of the functions of the circulatory system, nervous system, endocrine system, and lymphatic system. Pain or illness results when these systems are not functioning properly or when someone has suffered a traumatic injury. An acupuncturist adjusts the the body functions by inserting fine needles in specific points. These points are neuro-vascular nodes which can restore health and prevent disease. Patients who have not responded to other methods of health care are often good candidates for Acupuncture.

If you are in pain or have any health problem that you would like treated with acupuncture,

please call for an appointment today: (530) 223-2346 or (530) 223-4849 Hours: Mon- Fri 8:30am - 4:00pm

Michel Czehatowski, L.Ac.
graduated from the San Francisco College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He has been licensed by the State of California to practice acupuncture since 1984. In addition, his education includes:
Certificate of Completion in International Studies of Oriental Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea October 1998.
Certificates in Chinese Language Studies (Level A - July 1999; Level B3 - August 2009), College of Intensive Language Studies, Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing, PR China.
Certificate of Training, Department Of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Beijing Hospital, Ministry of Health, PR China May 2001. Subject Matter Expert for the State of California Acupuncture Board 2005 - present. ...and over 370 hours of Continuing Education classes in acupuncture and herbal medicine.

What does an Acupuncturist do? Acupuncture works by adjusting the circulatory flow through pathways called "meridians" or "channels". An acupuncturist is a specialist in determining which meridian has a problem. Once a diagnosis is made, fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body. These points enhance recuperative power and immunity, strengthen and improve overall function, and enable you to regain and enjoy physical and emotional health.

What can Acupuncture treat? Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. It has been reported that more than one million Americans currently receive acupuncture each year for relief or prevention of pain and for a variety of health conditions. A partial list of the conditions that acupuncture has been found to be effective to treat include: anxiety, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders, fibromyalgia, headaches, low back pain, PMS, sciatica, stress, and neck, shoulder, and elbow pain.

What is the treatment method? There are a variety of treatment methods in acupuncture. The goal for the method I use is to alleviate pain as rapidly as possible using a minimal amount of needles. This technique focuses on using points located below the elbows or knees to restore health or relieve pain that may occur in any area of the body. Patients do not need to undress and can be treated either lying down or while sitting in a chair. It is very effective for pain and other health problems.

Q: When I see you for a health problem how many visits will I need?

A: In most cases, I recommend starting with a minimum of four visits. During this time we will look for any positive sign of relief or change in the condition that you are being treated for. If you do not experience results during the first four visits, I will reevaluate the treatment plan and develop a new treatment strategy. While most people will experience results in this time frame, some people may need ongoing care for their particular condition. We can discuss that in more detail when you make an appointment.

Q: My insurance limits the number of acupuncture treatments that I can receive. What should I do?

A: If you are committed to getting better than you should stay with the recommended course of treatment. In the long run you'll get better faster. If you limit the number of visits you are willing to receive then you risk limiting the effects of the acupuncture treatment.

If you are receiving acupuncture through Worker's Comp the number of visits are usually limited. If you are seeking treatment for a personal injury case (e.g., auto accident) then the number of treatments may not be restricted or limited.

What is Tuina?

Tuina is an Oriental Bodywork Therapy that has been used in China for 2,000 years. Tuina uses the traditional Chinese medical theory of the flow of Qi through the meridians as its basic therapeutic orientation. Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of Qi through the system of channels and collaterals, allowing the body the naturally heal itself.

Tuina (Tui Na) methods include the use of hand techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body, acupressure techniques to directly affect the flow of Qi , and manipulation technique to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships. External herbal liniments, and salves are also used to enhance the other therapeutic methods.

What happens during a Tuina Appointment?

During a typical session, the client, wearing loose clothing and no shoes, lies on a table. The practitioner examines the specific problems of the client and begins to apply a specific treatment protocol. The major focus of application is upon specific pain sites, acupressure points, energy meridians, and muscles and joints. Advanced Tuina (Tui Na) practitioners may also use Chinese herbs to facilitate quicker healing. Sessions last from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Depending on the specific problems of the client, they may return for additional treatments. The client usually feels relaxed but energized by the treatment.

Why should I try Tuina?

 Tuina (Tui Na) is now being popularized in this country as a powerful therapeutic extension of traditional western massage methods. Tuina's (Tui Na) simplicity and focus on specific problems, rather than a more generalized treatment, make it both an excellent alternative and/or extension of the Swedish-style massage. By utilizing treatments of shorter duration, it can be used in a variety of settings, including home, office, clinic or hospital.


Did you know that Acupuncture can successfully treat all types of pain?

Pain is one of the most common medical problems that people face frequently. Pain can be mild or severe, annoying or crippling, and can last a few seconds or a life-time. Fortunately for those with pain-related problems acupuncture can often help.

Acupuncture reduces or alleviates pain by improving circulation in the body. Hundreds of years ago Chinese doctors wrote “Where there is stagnation there is pain.” Nowadays we use the word “inflammation” when talking about pain.

Acupuncture is said to stimulate the circulation of Qi (pronounced like “Chee” in Cheese) in the body. Qi is said to flow through pathways called meridians or channels. When the flow of Qi is regulated or balanced the pain will go away.

But what is Qi? The common translation of this word is “energy” but some scholars now suggest that the word Qi was not translated correctly. According to them, “Qi” refers to the circulation of blood, nerve impulses, and regulation of hormones in the body. In other words, “Qi” activates and controls the circulatory, endocrine, lymphatic, and nervous system. It is more complex than just “energy” and has definite physiological properties.

When someone is treated with acupuncture thin needles are inserted in special points on the body. The points can be located near the source of pain or in an area which seems unrelated to the pain. When the needle is inserted our sensory nerves send a signal to the brain. This triggers a healing response in the body which, if the right point or points are chosen, can instantly relieve pain. Acupuncture points basically act like “switches” that regulate the functions of the body. Often people will need a series of treatments to stop or reduce the pain and keep it from coming back.

A licensed acupuncturist is someone who has had many years of training in acupuncture and Oriental medicine and has passed a rigorous State exam in order to practice this type of medicine. An Acupuncturist's expertise lies in knowing the location of the acupuncture meridians and how to use that knowledge to alleviate pain or treat other health problems.

If you have pain or other health problems please consider finding out if acupuncture can help you.

For more detailed information go to our website: Redding Acupuncture Health Care




Herbal medicine is often used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment.

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