… caused by Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome… within a month of trying, I got pregnant and successfully carried out an uneventful first pregnancy (age 34).
Ivana, San Francisco

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Surgery was considered a sign of an inferior doctor. If the doctor maintained their patient’s health, surgery would not have been necessary.

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Initial Patient Intake Forms

Please download, print, and fill out the PDF forms* below. Bring the completed forms to your first appointment.

* PDFs can be read with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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What to Expect
The initial consultation and treatment takes about 1.5 hours as it includes time to review your health history and present condition, and conduct a physical exam. Acupuncture treatment will be determined based on the intake, incorporating other modalities as needed such as cupping, moxa, far infrared heat, and tuina. Sometimes Chinese herbs will be part of the treatment strategy, and that may be recommended as part of the course of care along with recommendations to diet, lifestyle, and therapeutic exercises to be done at home.

Please bring with you any relevant medical test results, such as lab tests, MRI reports, etc. If you’d like to save time on the first visit, you can download our Initial Intake Form and fill out beforehand.

Please wear comfortable loose clothing to the session. Also, try not to eat foods or substances that can discolor your tongue before the visit, as we examine the tongue as part of the intake.

Follow up visits are about an hour with less time needed for the intake, allowing more focus on the treatment.

Fees

If Chinese herbs are prescribed, the cost will vary based on the formula used and whether herbs are dispensed in pill or powder form. The average cost for pills has been about $15-$20 per week. The cost for custom herb powder formulas can vary between $25-$40 per week. Certain herb formulas may be more expensive due to herb costs. Herb costs have been rising every year due to the valuation of the Chinese yuan and raw herb speculators.

All of our herbs are GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) certified, sulfur free, and have been tested for DDT, Hexachlorabenzene, lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium and other contaminants.

Payment methods accepted are cash, check, Flex Spending, Health Savings Account (HSA) or credit card (Visa, Mastercard and Discover).

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Insurance
We are currently in network with most major insurance companies in California. We are in network providers for Cigna, United Healthcare, Aetna, HealthNet, and Blue Shield.

We are also a part of most MPNs (medical provider networks) for Workman’s Compensation insurance. VA (Veterans Administration) insurance is accepted with a doctor’s referral and authorization. Personal Injury due to auto accident is usually accepted. Please contact our office for details.

We accept Flex Spending Plans and Health Savings Accounts (HSA).

To find out if your insurance policy or health plan covers acupuncture, please contact your insurance provider directly. It is important to know that some health plans impose restrictions on the conditions treated and/or the number of treatments allowed in a calendar year. Some also have deductibles you need to meet, and may require a referral from an M.D. Also most plans do not reimburse for herbs or supplements.

Missed Appointment
Please notify us immediately if you are unable to make an appointment as a courtesy to the office staff and other patients who may need to come in during that time. There will be no charge if 24 hours notice is given; otherwise, the full cost of an office visit may be charged.

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