Alexandre Hillairet is an acupuncturist practicing in Ventura, CA. Dr. Hillairet evaluates and treats patients based on the concepts of oriental medicine. Acupuncturists complete their evaluations by getting a patient history and looking at and touching the body. Then, they place very fine acupuncture needles into specific points on the body. Stimulating these points and nerves is how Dr. Hillairet treats the patients condition. Many of the bodys systems respond to acupuncture, and it can treat physical pain as well as emotional stress.
Education and Training
Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine Master's degree of Oriental Medicine 2004
Emperor's College of Oriental Medicine Doctorate of Oriental Medicine 2011
Dr. Alexandre Yves Hillairet DAOM's Expert Contributions
Acupuncture is recognized to be one of the safest therapy to treat pain without causing any side effects. Today, it is a therapy of choice to treat pain. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
In the medical guidelines, acupuncture is not contra-indicated when a patient is taking blood thinners. It is actually a safe therapy. If you are having stress, acupuncture might actually help you to reduce your blood pressure if you have high BP and increase blood circulation. Light to moderate exercise is also recommended. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
I would recommend to wear comfortable clothes: shorts and a T-shirt for your acupuncture sessions. The best answer to your question is: Points located on your abdomen, legs, arms and possibly head will be chosen. I would also recommend to eat a small meal before your appointment so your blood sugar will be within normal range. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
Acupuncture is used to treat muscle pain, small tear and inflammation. Without knowing your condition's history, it is difficult to know what acupuncture will provide for you. I would definitely recommend to try acupuncture because the success rate for a muscle issue is very high. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
I believe it is a very important question. In the United States, the law says that only disposable needles can be used and following the therapy, they have to be disposed into a Bio-hazard Sharp disposable container. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
I am not sure when you started your therapy for your chronic back pain. However, acupuncture has a cumulative effect so if you are going only once a month, it might not be enough to treat your condition. If you have just started therapy, it is not enough. I usually recommend to start with twice a week for a month and then decrease the frequency based on the patient's response. If you have been going to acupuncture for years for the same condition and you have some relief for a few weeks than you are doing the right thing. If you are getting relief for one week only, then once a week might be a wiser choice until your relief's time increases. Frequency is ultimately based on the patient's response! Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
There is no specific time when a patient should come to receive a fertility acupuncture treatment, however, I would like to recommend to schedule a consultation to see how your practitioner can help you to be the most successful. I always recommend that both partners attend the first consultation. READ MORE
It is normal to have some sensation during the treatment. Sometimes, patients state that they don't feel anything and other times they feel a slight sensation as you described. It can also be: slight redness, itchiness. I always say to my patients if they feel uncomfortable to let me know and I will remove the needles right away. It is important for the patient to communicate with the provider, the way they feel. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
It all depends on the acupuncturist. They might decide to treat your back first and then second, your arthritis in your hands in the same session or they will tell you that they will address these conditions at a different time. READ MORE
Dry needling is usually performed by physical therapists and their aim is to address trigger points. They usually study the technique for a short time and they receive a certification for dry needling. The practice of acupuncture requires, in California, 4000 hours of training, including theory and clinical hours and a California State examination. This information is available on the acupuncture.gov website. It takes a long time to learn how to practice acupuncture and how or where to apply the therapy. It is more than just a medical application, it is a healing art. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
One of the main purposes of acupuncture is: it treats inflammation in the body, so it really helps patients who are suffering from autoimmune diseases. Acupuncture will also be complementary to your medication and it is a safe therapy because it is not going to interact negatively with the drugs that you are taking to fight your condition. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
Acupuncture is not recommended in any emergency conditions (a life and death situation) such as appendicitis or to treat cancer. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
When someone catches a cold, it is usually too late. Medication and acupuncture will help to decrease the intensity of the symptoms associated with cold and possibly reduce the duration of the cold. Acupuncture and herbal medicine can help strengthening the immunity and prevent catching a cold or recurring cold. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
Based on your report, his pediatrician didn't find anything wrong with your son's shoulders. It might mean that the pain is only muscular. Acupuncture and acupressure could probably be good therapies for your son to find his way back to the basketball court. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM READ MORE
Thank you for your question! Acupuncture is primarily used to treat pain in the United States and insurance companies cover the therapy for this specific symptom. We see many patients that have low back and all sorts of pain. As we don't know the underlying cause of your pain, it is difficult to provide an accurate assessment however I would like to share with you, surgery has only 50% chance of success or less and acupuncture has a 90% chance of success overall. You were mentioning that you had a 3 months old baby so if you are breastfeeding, it is not recommended to take any pain medication. Acupuncture is the most conservative approach without any side effects. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
Cupping therapy helps to reduce the inflammation and lactic acid build-up in the muscles. It is usually not used to help the mind to better focus. We recommend to do acupuncture instead. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
There are many things to consider when someone is trying to lose weight and how much a person needs to lose. A good factor to consider is the Body Mass Index, if the patient is still over the normal range then losing weight might be necessary for health reasons and we are trained to guide you in this direction. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
Acupuncturists cannot tell you what type of medication you should take or not take. It is not part of our scope of practice. However, we may suggest that you talk with your primary physician if you have any concerns. Acupuncture is a safe procedure and it can be used with any medications. There is no interaction because we are not injecting any chemicals and there are no side effects. We see a lot of pain management cases: Patients usually are prescribed many medications before seeking acupuncture. One of the benefits of acupuncture is to reduce pain medication dosages, with the informed consent of the patient's physician. It is our goal to help the patient to completely stop their prescribed medication and this is a sign of healing. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
It happens that a needle or two might hurt due to skin sensitivity or patient's physical state. I am confident to say that acupuncture doesn't hurt at about 95% of the time at our clinic. I have heard reports from my patients that previous practitioners who practiced, Chinese acupuncture and trained in China originally offer a more intense and painful therapy. Most practitioners trained in the US are using a guiding tube to insert the needles which was created and developed in Japan. Such a tool offers an overall painless experience. It is also important to note that some practitioners don't have good skills therefore it is important to find a qualified and skilled provider. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
TMJ is complex condition to treat and, most of the time, it is associated with neck or other issues related to the head and we may observe some emotional influences as well. Acupuncture is commonly used to treat such a condition. It is definitely recommended. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
Arthritis pain can be treated with acupuncture. The treatment will reduce the inflammation and the pain and consequently it will help slow down the progression of the joint condition. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
Acupuncture and herbal medicine are usually successful treating conditions that have such symptoms. However certain persons have the tendency to perspire more without any physical or metabolic conditions. In any case, finding where the unbalance resides will provide the first step to a successful treatment. READ MORE
Most of the time such condition is associated with other symptoms. Acupuncture and herbal can be a solution to treat chronic fatigue syndrome. READ MORE
We have had positive results with acupuncture and herbal medicine treating skin disorders. READ MORE
Acupuncture helps to treat nausea. It is often prescribed for pregnant women or cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
Acupuncture treats psychological disorders and it can help your mother to feel better overtime with her depression. Finding the right therapist might be the most challenging in this situation as it is important to work with someone that can resonate with your mother. Compared to medications, Acupuncture doesn't have any side effects so it is extremely safe if it is performed by professionally trained medical provider. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
Acupuncture can help to strengthen the body in many ways and it can help a patient to sleep better throughout the night. If you are experiencing fatigue and a loss/gain of weight, please, contact your primary physician immediately. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
We definitely provide acupuncture to patients who are experiencing insomnia. Patients usually respond very well to the treatment and slowly they are able to return to a normal sleep pattern. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
We have many patients that were able to get pregnant with acupuncture. Some people had tried other procedures before starting acupuncture and the results were negative. Acupuncture and herbal medicine help to regulate women's reproductive system and it becomes easier for them to get pregnant. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
It is difficult to say if acupuncture will help your wife to resolve this issue as there are many causes that might responsible for a low sex drive. I would recommend to make an appointment with your acupuncturist to discuss her medical history and present complaints. I would also recommend that you make an appointment for yourself or with your wife to discuss this issue. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
Acupuncture helps to reduce mental stress and promote the release of feel-good hormones. It is definitely recommended if you wish to relax your mind, and it will help you sleep better throughout the night. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
In my clinical experience, acute conditions (less than a month) can be treated successfully within a short time. For chronic conditions (more than a month), it is more complicated and it is possible to have positive results quickly but it all depends on the condition being treated and the patient. In medicine, it takes about 6 weeks, with the appropriate treatment, to improve or recover from a condition so I am using the same timeline in my practice. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
There are no interactions between hypertension medication and acupuncture. It is safe. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
Acupuncture can definitely treat digestive disorders: Acid reflex and bloating. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
There are many conditions that would create a symptom such as eczema. We have found that if the patient follows our treatments, we should see some positive results overtime. Acupuncture is definitely recommended. READ MORE
Did she have any blood tests? How is her thyroid? Has she been getting/losing weight? I would like to recommend to consult her primary physician and based on the medical findings, we will be able to give you a better answer. Thank you! Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
Yes, acupuncture can help to treat adult onset asthma. READ MORE
It is possible to treat acute arthritis with acupuncture because it helps to reduce inflammation and swelling so it will reduce the pain. Acupuncture is definitely an option to consider. READ MORE
If your Hair loss is caused by genetics pre-disposition then acupuncture cannot help you. There are certain conditions where acupuncture can help is with Vitiligo, hairloss due to hormonal changes, stress... READ MORE
Migraine can be treated with acupuncture and we have a lot of success with our treatments. The goal of our therapy is to find the cause of the migraine and provide permanent relief. Acupuncture has a cumulative effect and the response is going to be based on the individual. READ MORE
Acupuncture and herbal medicine are used to support thyroid deficiency. Sometimes, patients choose to supplement their current medication with acupuncture and herbal formulas. Such treatment might help to decrease the dosage of the patient's medication. Some patients also choose to only use Oriental medicine to treat their thyroid conditions, it is very common. Success will vary based on many factors and the most important is: what kind of thyroid issue do you have? Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
It might be a good idea to look for an alternative solution to your problem, especially if you are not getting relief at this stage. Acupuncture works well for patients who have migraines and, in general, the acupuncturist addresses the problem slightly differently than conventional medicine. If you choose to schedule a consultation with an acupuncturist, ask about allergies, hormonal unbalance... One of these causative factors might be responsible for your condition. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
We have many patients that we treat for anxiety with acupuncture. It is important to identify the cause of anxiety. Is it due to stress, lack of sleep, menopause? These conditions can be addressed with acupuncture and I would recommend to make an appointment with an acupuncturist. Buying flowers might temporally ease her anxiety. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
I am having a lot of stress due to menopause and I am unable to sleep soundly. Should I go for acupuncture treatment?
Acupuncture can help you reduce your physical stress and calm your body. I have observed in my clinical practice that menopause symptoms are worsen by stress. Reducing your stress will provide a reduction of your symptoms. Acupuncture and herbal medicine can also provide treatments for menopause symptoms. Talk to your doctor of Oriental Medicine; he or she should be able to help you with your condition. I will also recommend to evaluate your diet and introduce an exercise routine to your schedule. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
Acupuncture cannot help reduce your cholesterol, however, there are some studies that have shown that stress increases cholesterol, then I believe that acupuncture could be beneficial and complement other treatments. Generally, high cholesterol is due to a poor nutrition. A diet and an exercise plan should be the main focus. Acupuncturists are trained to provide nutritional counseling so they might have some insight on how to prepare the right diet for you. Acupuncturists are also trained in herbal medicine and some herbal formulas are know to reduce cholesterol. The combination of the right diet, exercises and possibly herbal formula should provide optimum results. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
Yes, it is worth a try. Your acupuncturist is trained to help you, identify the cause of your headache, and then he or she should be able to help relieve the pain. Headaches can be caused by many conditions: Opioid withdrawal, stress, high or low blood pressure, diabetes. It is important to be on the right track from the beginning. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
It is wonderful to hear that you had positive results for a couple of years. Our recommendation for any type of hormonal imbalance is not to discontinue therapy. When all symptoms are resolved, it is important to attend therapy at least once month or every two months, and then slowly space that time out. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
Acupuncture is probably the best option to treat joint pain and it will also help to reduce inflammation. If you already have arthritis in a specific joint, acupuncture is not going to cure or restore the integrity of the joint, but it will slow down or stop further deterioration. Acupuncture decreases inflammation and increases blood flow, which will help to lubricate the joint and provide proper blood flow to the surrounding tissues. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
If food is used as a way to cope with anxiety and depression, or if you have pain in your body and it prevents you from exercising, then acupuncture can help reduce your symptoms to become more physically and mentally fit. It is also very important to create a nutrition plan to address the food intake. Acupuncture, exercise, and a healthy diet will help you reach your goals. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
If Acupuncture is performed correctly, it should be fairly painless. I always tell my patients that I also work on children and they respond very well to acupuncture. If a child is comfortable with the therapy, then most likely you should be fine. Acupuncture is an excellent therapy to reduce and treat headaches. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
There are multiple causes for this condition. We find that acupuncture provides excellent results for patients who also experience chronic sinus infections, congestion, and ear symptoms. It is very common to find that vertigo is only a symptom of a condition and it is associated with other symptoms. Upon discovery of the condition, appropriate acupuncture therapy can provide excellent results. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
People who are suffering from high blood pressure can use acupuncture and there is no side effects. Acupuncture can actually complement a conventional therapy to reduce the blood pressure. If a patient chooses acupuncture and a diet plan to lose weight and if the outcome is positive, he or she might see their blood pressure decrease over time. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
Acupuncture can help you manage your sleep better as it is usually recommended for people who are experiencing insomnia. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
There is nothing to be worried about, however, it is important to eat a snack before starting an acupuncture session. If this feeling persists, I would recommend to discuss it with your acupuncturist. The treatment time might need to be reduced or the treatment protocol might need to be modified. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM. READ MORE
It seems like your husband has had this condition for a long time. Was his condition reviewed by his physician to rule out any life-threatening condition? If it is the case, then your husband could start acupuncture. Following the initial evaluation, the practitioner will be able to define the cause of the condition and create a treatment protocol. The practitioner will also review your husband's diet to identify the triggers. Herbal medicine might be suggested with this condition to increase the chance of success. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM READ MORE
It is a very interesting question and we should categorize the answer. A patient who is being treated for cancer will experience some side effects from chemotherapy and radiation. Acupuncture is a complement to the therapy and it reduces the side effects such as nausea or skin sensitivity. A patient who is being treated for pain might be taking some prescribed medications: Acupuncture will help the patient reduce the dosage or completely stop the prescription under the supervision of the ordering physician. Then, this patient might only use acupuncture to maintain his or her body condition. Patients who are usually familiar with acupuncture will choose this modality to treat most of their ailments, however, acupuncturists are limited by their scope of practice and they will have to refer out if the condition requires an emergency medical intervention. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM READ MORE
A patient, who has been diagnosed with infertility, might have many issues that are affecting her reproductive system to function well. These issues could be: stress, anxiety, depression, low libido, Irregular cycle, endometriosis... The role of the acupuncturist is to understand the patient and her condition. For the assessment to be complete, we will recommend that the male partner has a full check-up as well. Acupuncture is a medical procedure that will help balancing the nervous system and increase blood flow within the organs in order to set the stage for pregnancy. Furthermore, plants and a modified diet are usually prescribed in conjunction to the acupuncture therapy to provide maximum results. Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM READ MORE
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