NEW PATIENT FORMS
To maximize time for your first visit, please download the New Patient Form, fill out at home, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or bring to your first appointment. Also, please bring with you any relevant medical test results, such as lab work, MRI reports, etc.
We Accept Most Health Insurances
Taking the hassle out of health care is part of what makes Blue Path Acupuncture unique. We will verify your insurance coverage for free. Just call us at 415.754.3331 or click here to find out your policy’s benefits; chances are we have you covered.
Please allow 24 hrs for verification.
We also treat workers comp and personal injury.
WHAT TO EXPECT
- What will happen on my first visit?
Just like at a Doctor’s office, you’ll have to fill out forms detailing your health. All the little boxes you check off may appear seemingly unrelated to your chief complaint, but to us, it forms a unique pattern used to create your diagnosis. Additionally, if you have recent blood work please bring it, as it is interpreted differently in Chinese medicine than with your MD. To save time, please download and complete all New Patient Forms before your first visit.
- What should I do before my treatment?
Avoid coffee for at least two hours before your treatment.
Coffee is a stimulant. It has been shown to release chemicals, which kick your body into 'fight-or-flight' mode. Acupuncture works to shift you away from that 'fight-or-flight' state and towards a 'rest-and-digest' one, so coffee inhibits the process. It also makes it difficult for the Acupuncturist to get accurate readings on your pulse and tongue as coffee increases your heart rate and stains your tongue.
Be sure to eat a light meal beforehand to avoid treatment on an empty stomach.
Wear loose clothing.
This is so the Acupuncturist can easily access the places where commonly used acupuncture points are located, typically below the elbow and knees. However, scrubs are provided in the clinic should you need to change.
Do not scrape your tongue the night before a treatment.
Tongue coating is an important diagnostic tool that Acupuncturists use to reveal digestive health, latent heat or cold, as well as to glance into the inner systems of the body.
- How long will each treatment last?
Allow 1.5 hours for your first treatment. During this initial visit, an assessment of your past and present health history will be analyzed, along with your lifestyle, nutrition, medications, and mental and physical health. A custom diagnosis will be developed followed by a treatment. All follow up treatments will last roughly 1 hour.
- How many sessions will I need?
In general, acute conditions may take just a few treatments while chronic conditions may take months to treat. However there are conditions that respond rapidly. I once treated a patient suffering with a stroke whose leg lifted from 20 degrees to almost 40 degrees in a single treatment.
Still, each patient is unique and may differ in their response. Most patients, however, report feeling changes immediately after one Acupuncture treatment. Weekly treatments are advised although some acute cases may require 2-3 treatments a week at the beginning of a course of treatment.
Acupuncture has a cumulative effect. Once symptoms improve and overall harmony and balance are reached, treatments are reduced to once every other week and eventually a few times a year to prevent reoccurrence.
After the completion of your first visit, the recommended length of treatment will be discussed with you.
- How Will I Feel After Acupuncture?
Patients normally feel relaxed with a general improved sense of well being. You may feel tired or drowsy for a few hours if the experience is particularly strong. You may also experience a short-term flair-up of symptoms in the healing process. After a session, it is a good idea to sit quietly and relax. A gentle walk or very mild exercise can also be helpful. Avoid big meals, vigorous exercise, alcohol and stressful situations.
- Do I Have to Receive Acupuncture to be Treated?
No, Chinese medicine encompasses many modalities. There is nutrition consultation, Chinese herbs and joint manipulation to name just a few. For severe internal disharmonies, however, Acupuncture is recommended, as it works on a deeper level.
- Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture is safe, using sterile, single-use needles approved by the FDA. Under California law, licensed Acupuncturists are considered primary care practitioners. The first 1.5 years of our schooling is a lot like medical school. We learn anatomy, chemistry, physiology, pharmaceutical drugs, and medical red flags- so rest assured, we know when to refer out.