FAQ

I see you are an acupuncturist. Do you offer acupuncture to your patients?

Although I am a licensed acupuncturist, I don’t currently offer acupuncture to my patients. My passion is helping people struggling with chronic, complex illness that haven’t been able to find help anywhere else. I’ve chosen to focus on functional medicine because I believe it is the most effective method for accomplishing this goal.

That said, both modern research and 2,500 years of history indicate that acupuncture is a valuable tool in treating a variety of conditions. I regularly refer my patients to acupuncturists for treatment when appropriate.

What kind of training do acupuncturists receive?

I am a licensed acupuncturist in the state of California. In California, acupuncturists complete training in the biological sciences such as anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology, as well as conventional medical diagnosis and treatment. In addition, acupuncturists receive extensive training in needle therapy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, energy cultivation practices (Tai Chi & Chi Gong), stress management and lifestyle counseling

Are acupuncturists doctors?

No, acupuncturists are not licensed as medical doctors.

Acupuncturists are considered primary care providers in California and many other states. We are trained to evaluate patients using professionally recognized standards and medically-based criteria (physical exams; consultation between other providers, conventional medical diagnoses; and ordering x-rays and laboratory tests).

However, the laws regulating the care that can be provided by acupuncturists vary from state to state. In some states, acupuncturists are unlicensed providers. Therefore, I do not practice medicine and do not diagnose or treat diseases or medical conditions. I focus my practice on promoting health and optimal function. My services are not meant to substitute or replace those of a licensed physician and clients in my practice are advised to be under the care of a licensed physician wherever they reside.

Do acupuncturists prescribe medications?

No. Acupuncturists are not licensed doctors, and do not prescribe or make recommendations about prescription medications or controlled substances.

I use natural, noninvasive methods such as nutritional therapy, herbs, supplements, stress management techniques and lifestyle changes to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal function and health.

Do you take insurance?

I do not accept insurance. I accept Visa and Mastercard only (no checks or cash).

Please check with your insurance company in order to determine if your plan includes out-of-network benefits. If so, you can submit a statement from your consultation and the insurance company may reimburse you directly.

Do you work with people outside of the San Francisco Bay Area?

I offer long-distance consultation in the U.S. only via telephone and Skype.

How long will my treatment take?

The answer to this questions depends on several factors, including the complexity of your condition, how long you’ve had it, how much time, energy and attention you’re willing to devote to treatment, and how well you respond to treatment.

In general, treatment programs for chronic illnesses last between three and six months, but most patients start seeing improvement within the first month. Patients may elect to continue with a maintenance program after their initial treatment plan is finished.

How much will my treatment cost?

This also depends on several factors, including the complexity of your condition, the extent of lab testing required, the combination of supplements, herbs and other therapies needed during treatment, and the number of consultations you receive.

Please see the Services section for a complete description of the services I offer and my rates.

How can I learn more about whether you’re the right practitioner for me?

The best way to determine whether we’d be a good fit is to read my blog and listen to my podcast. You’ll get a sense of who I am, where I’m coming from, how I work and what conditions I treat.