Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the DULA Clinic located?

440 Shatto Place (2nd Floor)
Los Angeles, California 90020

What are the hours of the Clinic?

Monday - Thursday             9 am - 10 pm
Friday - Saturday                9 am - 6pm 
Note clinic is closed during lunch break         1 pm – 2 pm


How can I schedule an appointment?

To schedule an appointment, call the clinic front office at 213-487-0150

What services are offered at the DULA Clinic?

Acupuncture: Acupuncture uses hair-thin sterile needles to stimulate specific anatomical points on the body. Needling acts to restore the smooth flow of ‘Qi’ (Pronounced ‘Chee’) in the Meridians. Acupuncture is usually pain free. Occasionally the patient may feel a slight stinging or distending sensation. Generally, needles are left in place for 15 to 30 minutes.
Herbal Medicines: Based on natural, botanical, animal and mineral substance combined into hundreds of specific formulas, or prescriptions. While most prescriptions are made from about 400 major herbs, the pharmacy at DULA contains over 700 varieties. Herbal medicines are targeted to the specific needs of each patient and can be delivered in the form of teas, powders and tablets. While herbs are a potent therapy, they exhibit few of side effects commonly found in Western pharmaceutical DULA.
Tuina: A form of Oriental Massage therapy designed to treat disease and injuries and relieve pain by removing tension and stimulating blood circulation.
Moxibustion: Heat might be prescribed to improve blood circulation, the most common being Moxibustion. “Moxa” is made from the dried mugwort herb. Rolled and lit (“burning”), it can be applied indirectly either to the handle of the needle or rotated gently over the skin to apply heat.
Cupping: Cupping uses localized suction to draw up tissues bringing blood to the localized area. By doing so, cupping opens up the circulatory and lymphatic systems improving qi and blood flow to relieve sore muscles, tension, neck, shoulder and back pain.

How much do treatments cost?

Acupuncture treatment by intern = $30
(Discounted Acupuncture treatment available for Low-income patient with proof of document = $20)
Call the Clinic front desk for updated information on the cost of other services.

What can I expect during my first visit?

The initial treatment usually lasts about 1.5 hours. During your first visit, a detailed medical history will be taken to gain a thorough understanding of your main complaint and your general health and lifestyle. This involves asking questions about your current symptoms, as well as such things as your sleeping pattern, your appetite and digestion, and your emotional wellbeing. Women are also asked about their menstrual cycle and any past pregnancies and childbirth. The intern and practitioner will also take your pulse and examine your tongue and feel for areas of muscular tension or pain.

How many treatments will I need?

After your treatment, the practitioner will recommend the frequency of treatments needed depending on your condition and may also prescribe a customized herbal formula for your condition.

Is there anything I should do to prepare for an acupuncture treatment?

The following suggestions will help you get the maximum benefits from your treatment:
  • Wear loose clothing. 
  • Avoid treatment when excessively fatigued, hungry, full, or emotionally upset.
  • During an acupuncture treatment, do not change your position or move suddenly. If you are uncomfortable, tell your intern.

What conditions can be treated with acupuncture?

The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture’s effectiveness for over 40 common disorders, such as:
  • Addiction
  • Ear, Nose & Throat disorders
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Circulatory disorders
  • Urogenital disorders
  • Gynecological disorders
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Neurological disorders
  • Sports Injury, Trauma
  • Psycho-emotional disorders

In addition, acupuncture has been used for centuries throughout Asia to treat hundreds of other problems.