So you’re an acupuncturist… What does that mean?

To be an acupuncturist in the State of California, one must be board-certified. This means the practitioner has completed a state approved masters degree program and passed the licensing exam, allowing them to practice Oriental Medicine (OM) or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Acupuncture is, however, only a single portion of the treatment options available through an acupuncturist. More about what an acupuncturist does can be found within the three things we specialize in sections on our home page.

Does it hurt?

Each person experiences “pain” and the stimulation by the needles differently. Most patients describe a sense of relaxation and comfort. Jetta prides herself on a less painful experience for adults and children. She understands that needles can be a scary experience and works with patients so they have the most beneficial and enjoyable experience possible. Also, the needles are about the same size as a human hair; not the same as the typical hypodermic needle utilized for shots or drawing blood. This makes for a very different experience.

Is it safe?

Acupuncture utilizes high quality needles. They are solid, sterile and only used once before they are disposed of responsibly.

Can it help me? What do you treat?

The answer is possibly! Just like anything else, each body experiences dis-ease differently. As such, treatment can be as individual as each patient resulting in different results for each person as well, even for the same “complaint”.

When people think of “acupuncture” most people have heard “it’s great for pain!” Oriental Medicine is really great for so much more than that. From allergies to the common cold, depression and anxiety, fertility and painful menstruation, to asthma and stress. To find out if you may benefit from the services offered by SBFW and if Jetta Harris is a good fit for you, please contact us for a consultation.

What can I expect my first visit?

The first visit to SBFW will last about 90 mins. This time will allow for Jetta to review the new patient paperwork you completed prior to arrival, a consultation to discuss your goals and concerns, a short new patient exam, and your first treatment.

What can I do to prepare?

Before you arrive, please complete the new patient paperwork that is emailed to you. This will ensure that you get the most out of your visit with Jetta. The paperwork can also be picked up or done at the office. Please allow for at least 20-30 minutes before your appointment time to complete the paperwork if you choose this option.

It is recommended that you arrive wearing comfortable, loose fitting clothing. This will allow for easier access to certain points if necessary, as well as a more relaxing experience for you as you rest on the table.

After the treatment.

Following treatments it is recommended that patients take it easy. Avoiding alcohol, sweets, heavy, greasy, fried, fatty and cold foods is recommended. Drinking plenty of water and getting enough rest is also important.

How many treatments will it take? How often will I have to be seen?

Just as each individual’s treatment will be specific to them, so will the frequency and number of treatments necessary for improvements. Some patients find relief after a few, more frequent sessions. While others feel improvement after just one or two. Factors that contribute to this include patient compliance, as well as severity of the reason for the visit, and whether the issue is chronic or acute.

Hours – (by appointment)

  • Monday 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tuesday 2:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Saturday 9:00am – 2:00pm
  • House-calls also available


5266 Hollister Ave., Suite 214 – Building B
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
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