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Frequently Asked Questions Continued (Faq)

Can Acupuncturists prescribe herbal remedies for treatment?
Yes. In recent years, herbs have become very popular to self-treat many conditions. They are available in health food stores, supermarkets and on the Internet. While herbs are promoted as safe, inexpensive “natural” alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs, many health care professionals have concerns about safety, effectiveness and potential misuse of herbal products, especially when self-prescribed. There are also questions of purity, strength and standardization of herbs. In California, acupuncturists are the only licensed health care professionals who are required to be trained and tested for competency in prescribing herbal medicine. California-approved acupuncture schools offer a minimum of 450 classroom hours of instruction in traditional Oriental herbology in addition to clinical training. The California Acupuncture Board strongly recommends consulting an acupuncturist before beginning any herbal therapy. Also, it is very important to inform both your physician and acupuncturist of all the products you are currently taking (drugs, herbs, other supplements) so they can monitor effectiveness, ensure safety from adverse reactions, and watch for possible interactions. If you have an allergic reaction to any herbs, let your acupuncturist know.

Should my Doctor know if I am receiving Acupuncture treatment?
Yes. If you are receiving treatment from your doctor (Primary Care Physician or Specialist) then it makes sense to tell him or her about your plans to have acupuncture. The acupuncture treatment may enable you to reduce or stop taking some forms of medication. But, your doctor should always be consulted regarding any change of prescription.

What about Insurance coverage?
Most California insurance plans include acupuncture treatment in their policies. Ask your insurer about coverage or reimbursement.
Some plans that don’t normally cover acupuncture will pay for treatments if a physician recommends them. Many acupuncturists are providers for traditional PPO and HMO plans. Acupuncturists are covered under California State Medi-Cal and Workers Compensation. Go to the “Insurance” page on this website for a more detailed explanation as to how insurance works.

Do you accept Medicare?
Medicare does not cover or pay for the treatment of Acupuncture. However, if you have a Supplemental policy with Medicare from an insurance company such as Blue Cross, etc., then there is the possibility that the supplemental policy will cover treatment for Acupuncture.

Do you accept California Workers Compensation Cases?

Do you handle Accident and Personal Injury Cases?

What kind of payments do you accept?
We accept cash, personal checks, overseas traveler’s checks, debit cards, Visa and Master cards and most insurance companies.

How soon can I get an appointment?
We will attempt to schedule you in at your convenience. It is usually within a day or two; a week at most. If you have an emergency, we will make all attempts to schedule you in that day.

What necessary paperwork must I complete on my first visit?
The two most important forms you will be required to complete are the Patient Registration Form and the Patient Health History Form. To save time, it would be helpful if you print out these forms and complete them prior to your first visit. The other important piece of information to have with you on your first visit, would be your latest insurance card, if you intend to use your insurance. If you wish to know if our services are covered on your insurance policy, please call our office ahead of your scheduled visit and we will check for you. The information you must provide to the office staff for checking your coverage is whether or not you belong to a PPO or HMO plan, your member ID Number, First and Last Name and Date of Birth.