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 Information contained herein should not be used for diagnosing health conditions, prescribing medications or nutritional supplements.  Statements regarding nutritional supplements and herbal formulas have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  If you have or suspect that you have a medical condition, promptly call your primary health care provider.  If there is a medical emergency, dial 911 immediately.  Information on this website is provided without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, or non-infringement.  Information may be revised or updated at any time without prior notice.​​

During the initial visit, we review your medical history, identify the chief complaint,

measure vitals, take tongue and pulse readings- all of which determine your custom

treatment plan.  To achieve an accurate tongue diagnosis, please avoid using a tongue scraper the day of the appointment.    

We recommend patients wear loose clothing and bring a scarf or sweater to wear post-treatment.  Also, please eat a light snack and avoid drinking coffee or other food/drinks that contain caffeine approx 60min before your appointment.  Avoid the consumption of alcohol or use of tobacco products 24 hours before and after your appointment time.

​​​​​​​​Acupuncture & Integrative Wellness

Petrow Acupuncture

4940 Van Nuys Blvd, Suite 304

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

(424) 279.4009  



 Frequently Asked Questions

Preparing for Your Visit

NEW patients:  

     Prior to your visit, please complete all paperwork and medical forms online using

     the 'manage my appointment' button in the appointment confirmation email.  

EXISTING patients:  

     Prior to your visit, please review and update your information (as necessary) 

    using the 'manage my appointment' button in the appointment confirmation email.

 ​​​Acupuncture & How it Feels

Acupuncture is the use of thin, sterile, single-use needles inserted at specific points on the body to create a sense of relaxation or increased energy depending on the chief complaint, treatment protocol, and medical history.​  Expected sensations may be a mild heaviness or pressure, feelings of warmth or coolness, dispersing action, grasping sensation, awakening of other regions in the body.​  Most patients have a pleasant acupuncture experience and believe the benefits outweigh any discomfort. 

NOTE:  patients may be more sensitive if fighting a cold, recovering from illness, have jet lag, or during certain days of a woman's menstrual cycle.  

Treatments, Scheduling & Frequency

  • NEW patients:   plan for approx 90min appointments. 
  • EXISTING patients:   plan for approx 60min appointments.  

The number of treatments depends on whether the condition is acute or chronic, past medical history, body constitution and responsiveness.  Treatments are cumulative and a series of treatments is recommended sometimes along with herbal formulas or nutritional supplements.  Consistency and patient compliance are important. 

  • ACUTE conditions:   weekly treatments for 4-6 weeks (2 treatments/week for 2-3 weeks)
  • CHRONIC conditions:   weekly treatments for 10-12 weeks (2 treatments/week for 5-6 weeks)

Conditions Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine Treat
Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine have shown to be effective in managing or reducing:

  • Musculoskeletal-  acute and chronic pain, inflammation, trauma, sports recovery, arthritis
  • Circulatory-  hypertension, high cholesterol
  • Respiratory-  allergies, colds, flu, sinusitis
  • Gastrointestinal-  nausea, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation
  • Dermatological-  acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin rashes
  • Urogenital-  UTI, urinary incontinence or frequency
  • Women’s Health and Gynecological-  PMS, regulating menstrual cycles, menopause
  • Emotional and Neurological-  stress, PTSD, neuropathy, post-stroke rehab

Click here to review evidence based acupuncture research or visit Blogs & Resources for additional articles and information.