What if I'm nervous or afraid of needles?

You are in the right place! I get it. I was also nervous and afraid of needles. 

You may be interested to know that needles are just ONE tool in my toolkit. Needles aren't the most effective approach to every treatment. That's right! Many conditions respond better to moxibustion (a type of herbal heat therapy) teishin, enshin, or zenshin (blunt metal tools that are held gently near the skin) gua sha (gentle massage using a stone or wooden tool) or tui na (gentle massage techniques). When the treatment calls for needles, most people are surprised at how comfortable and relaxed they feel. 

How should I prepare for my appointment? 

Prior to your first treatment, please fill out the initial intake form sent to you via email. Although, some of the questions might seem unrelated to the reason for your appointment, all of this information is helpful to determine the best treatment for you.

Please wear clean, loose, comfortable clothing that can be easily moved. Leave the skinny jeans at home, or bring shorts or tank-top to change into. If possible, please come to your appointment without having applied lotion or makeup as both can cause the needles to be more irritating. If you wear a bra, please wear one that can be unhooked from the back.

What are your rates?

Current rates for all appointment types are listed on my booking page. Herbal medicine prescriptions vary depending on the specific formula and length of prescription. 

Do you take insurance?

I work directly with you to find the best treatment and solutions for you, and thus spend my time with you rather than insurance companies. Although I don't work with insurance companies, if your insurance provider will reimburse you for acupuncture, I am happy to provide you a Super Bill for you to submit directly to your insurance provider. You may also use your HSA (Health Savings Account) or FSA (Flexible Spending Account) for your acupuncture appointments and prescribed herbal medicines.

Do I have to wear a mask?

In accordance with the updated policy set forth by the California Department of Health, the following policy will be in effect until further notice: Practitioners are required to wear masks when patients are present. Patients are strongly encouraged to wear masks during private acupuncture appointments. Patients and Practitioners with moderate to severe flu-like symptoms and/or who test positive for COVID-19 must refrain from entering the facility and quarantine in accordance with the California Department of Health guidelines. 

What if I have more questions?

No problem! If you have additional questions, let's schedule a 15-minute phone consultation (no charge). I'm happy to answer questions.