What will happen during my first treatment?
The first time you come, after filling out paperwork, we will talk about you and your life. Chinese Medicine looks at you as a whole person, rather than as a collection of symptoms. I will ask what brings you to my office as well as finding out about your diet, your sleep, your menstrual cycle (if female), your emotions, etc. Generally, I spend between 20-50 minutes talking to you before we do an acupuncture session. There is ample time to ask questions and I encourage you to do so. This is your body and I see myself as having expertise to share with you to help you heal; ultimately it is you who does the healing.
Will it hurt?
This is a common concern; usually once people have one treatment, they realize that acupuncture not only doesn’t hurt, it is actually very relaxing. Acupuncture needles are very thin; they are not hypodermic needles. There are many styles of acupuncture; the style I practice is fairly painless. Usually you will not even feel it go in or you will feel only a slight pinch. In fact, it is so relaxing that many people come just to lower their stress level. Frequently, people fall asleep during treatments.
When will I start seeing results?
Usually you will see symptomatic improvements very quickly, within 6 sessions. Many people start seeing changes after only 1 treatment. For others, it may take a little longer. People are treated for varying lengths of time, depending upon the severity and type of their condition.
How long have you been practicing acupuncture?
I have been licensed and practicing in San Francisco since 1986.
Can I get an infection from the needles?
NO. All needles are single-use disposable needles. You will be given brand new needles each treatment and after each treatment, your needles will be properly disposed of.
Will my insurance cover acupuncture?
I am a preferred provider with Blue Cross, Blue Shield, United Healthcare Insurance, ASHP, and Landmark Insurance, among others. For your convenience, whether or not I am a preferred provider for your insurance, I will do the insurance billing for you if your insurance covers acupuncture. You will be responsible for paying the deductible, if applicable, and the co-pay at the time of your visit. If you are not sure if your insurance covers acupuncture, I can check it for you with your insurance company.
Do you take Workers’ Compensation?
Yes. You will need a referral from your doctor who will ask your insurance company to approve the visits. Once they approve the acupuncture sessions, I can treat you under Workers' Compensation Insurance.
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