New to Acupuncture?
Here are some of our most asked questions:
Do you accept insurance, personal injury (auto accident/slip and falls), or worker’s compensation patients?
Yes. To learn more, please call to get specific insurance information.
What methods of payment do you accept?
We accept cash and most major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express) via Square. We also accept Flex Savings/Health Savings Cards.
Please note that payment is due at the time of treatment.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you need to cancel an appointment, please do so a minimum of 24 hours in advance so that others needing treatment can take advantage of an open time slot. If you do not cancel 24 hours in advance, you will be charged a $50.00 missed appointment fee. Your cooperation and consideration are greatly appreciated.
Is acupuncture treatment tax deductible?
The costs of acupuncture and herbal medicines are generally considered deductible as medical expenses. Please consult your tax adviser and refer to IRS Publication 502 for more details. For a more in-depth article, please visit: Is Acupuncture Tax Deductible?.
- Does Acupuncture hurt and is it safe?
- How should I prepare for an Acupuncture treatment?
- What to expect during an Acupuncture treatment?
- What if I’m sick, can I still receive Acupuncture treatments?
- Can children be treated with Acupuncture?
Acupuncture needles are very thin and are not painful like hypodermic needles. Needle insertion induces very little if any pain at all. Some patients describe a pinching, grabbing or tingling sensation, whereas other patients describe little or no sensation. The needles are fine, sterile, disposable, and are NEVER reused on other patients. This decreases the risk of spreading disease from patient-to-patient. It is unprofessional conduct for an acupuncturist to use a needle more than once. Per the California Code of Regulations, Title 16, Section 1399.454.
• Please arrive 30 minutes in advance to complete all of the required paperwork; alternatively, to save time you may download “New Patient Packet” by clicking here.
• The initial evaluation may take up to 75-90 minutes; follow-up and maintenance appointments generally take between 45-60 minutes.
• Wear loose comfortable clothing with sleeves that can be rolled up to the elbows and pants that can be rolled up to the knees.
• Please eat a little something beforehand. Acupuncture is not recommended on an empty or full stomach. Please do not consume alcoholic beverages at least 8 hours prior to treatment.
• Please refrain from exposing yourself to the elements or to any strenuous activities before or after receiving treatment. Gentle exercise, such as gentle yoga, or walking is best.
During the initial Acupuncture session, we will take a thorough history and perform a physical exam, which includes an evaluation of the tongue and pulse. We might ask about the patient’s diet to evaluate his or her nutritional well-being and might recommend changes that include herbal supplements.
The first session, which generally takes longer than follow-up appointments, is aimed at creating a treatment plan for the specific conditions and concerns of each patient. During the follow-up appointments, we will reassess the patient’s progress and adjust the treatment plan accordingly.
The initial evaluation can take up to 75-90 minutes with follow-up and maintenance appointments taking between 45-60 minutes.
Following each evaluation, the acupuncturist inserts needles at specific acupuncture points related to the patient’s symptoms. Needle insertion induces very little if any pain at all. Some patients describe a pinching, grabbing or tingling sensation, whereas other patients describe little or no sensation. The needles are fine, sterile, disposable, and are NEVER reused on other patients. This decreases the risk of spreading disease from patient-to-patient. The needles are removed at the end of the session.
Acupuncture is recommended if you are sick or coming down with something, even if you are feeling contagious. For any acute problems, whether respiratory, dermatological or gynecological, do not wait until your next scheduled appointment. Contact us directly to determine if a treatment would be appropriate or if there are things you can do at home to improve your condition.
Children of all ages are treated and respond well to acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment. In addition, young children of those apprehensive of the use of acupuncture needles may be treated without needles using other modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine and/or electrical probes. In addition, herbal formulas are usually prescribed to enhance the acupuncture treatments and to provide further care between treatments as well.