Frequently Asked Questions

What other treatments does Qi Hai provide?​

Aside from acupuncture, Qi Hai provides massage/tuina, fire cupping, gua sha (scraping with a tool), moxibustion, bleeding and Chinese herbal medicine. 

What does Qi Hai mean?

Qi Hai (pronounced chee-hai) is an acupuncture point on the body, about 1.5 inch below the piko- the belly button. It translate to English as "Sea of Qi."  This point strongly builds and stores Qi, Yuan (original) Qi, Kidney Qi and Yang and raising sinking Qi.  In Chinese martial arts and Qi Gong, the "practice of Qi", this point is known the Lower Dantian, where the body's vital energy is generated and stored.

Qi Hai is a very important and useful acupuncture point and we like our clinic to emulate its symbol.


What forms of payment is accepted?


We accept cash and credit/debit card.  Sorry, no personal checks.


Do you take insurance?


At this time, no.  Upon request, we can provide a "superbill" for you to submit to your insurance company.  Your insurance may or may not reimburse your session fee.  It will be between you and your insurance company.


My colleague, Henry Strozier, L.Ac. accepts insurance and is in network with HMAA, HMSA and Kaiser.  He can be reached at or 808.226.3321

Do you offer Full Body Massage Therapy?

Please contact Gina Ordonez at 808-729-3533 or  Gina is within the same Kapolei Clinic office.  She is my personal Massage Therapist, strong and intuitive.

Sources: National Institutes of Health (NIH), World Health Organization (WHO), National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM), and Acupuncture Media Works.

What is acupuncture?​

Acupuncture is an effective form of medical treatment dating back thousands of years.  Needles are used to help promote natural healing.  Acupuncture can enhance recuperative power and immunity, support physical and emotional health, and improve overall function and well-being.  It is a safe and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.

Do acupuncture needles hurt?​

Acupuncture needles are approximately the size of a cat's whisker and ten times smaller than an average hypodermic needle.  Acupuncture needles don't hurt the same way as the needles used to draw blood or when given a shot.  Most times what you do feel is the guiding tube which holds the acupuncture needle applying pressure on the skin.  However, there may be times where you'll feel a light pricking sensation on insertion.

Are the needles safe and sterilized?​

Qi Hai's needles are one-time use only and are sterile.  They are safe and do not carry any risk of infection.  Our Acupuncturist completed a Clean Needle Technique Certification from the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  Your Acupuncturist swab acupuncture points with alcohol prior to insertion of needles and use a new set of disposable needles taken from a sealed package for each patient.

What does acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is recognized by well-known and leading national and internal health organizations to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems.  Below are some of the health concerns that acupuncture can effectively treat:

  • Addiction

  • Anxiety

  • Arthritis

  • Asthma/Bronchitis

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Common cold

  • Constipation

  • Depression

  • Digestive problems

  • Emotional problems

  • Fertility

  • Headache/Migraines
  • Indigestion

  • IBS

  • Low back pain

  • Menopause​

  • Menstrual irregularities/PMS

  • Nausea/Morning sickness

  • Pain

  • Reproductive problems

  • Rhinistis

  • Sciatica

  • Shoulder pain

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Smoking cessation

  • Stress

  • Urinary tract infections

  • Vomiting

  • Wrist pain