Frequently Asked Questions

What can Chinese medicine treat?

Chinese medicine is a complete system of healing, able to treat many acute and chronic conditions. Some examples of ailments for which acupuncture and herbal medicine may be helpful include:

  • Allergies, asthma, and common colds
  • Chronic and recurrent pain of all kinds
  • Digestive problems such as irritable bowel or acid reflux
  • Female and male infertility
  • Painful/irregular menses and other gynecological concerns
  • Hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, and weight loss
  • Depression, anxiety, and mood swings
  • Degenerative and autoimmune illnesses
  • Fatigue, stress, and insomnia

Chinese medicine can also be very helpful for promoting health and vitality during biomedical treatment for cancer, hepatitis, and HIV/AIDS.

How does acupuncture work?

Fine needles are inserted at specific points in order to balance the body's energy flow. Disruptions in this energy flow are the source of illness, and harmonizing the flow can return the body and mind to health--and prevent further imbalances. Amy uses only single-use, factory-sterilized needles.

Is acupuncture painful?

Amy is widely known for her gentle touch. Acupuncture needles are much finer gauge than hypodermic needles, so any sensation from needle insertion is usually mild--some patients report feelings of fullness, warmth, and tingling. There may on occasion be slight discomfort; however, most people find acupuncture with Amy to be quite pleasant.

How many sessions will I need?

Treatment length and frequency are determined on an individual basis, based on each person's needs and goals, and on the nature of the condition being treated. Generally, long-standing conditions require lengthier treatment than less established conditions. Also, more frequent sessions may be appropriate during the initial stage of treatment, with greater lengths of time between sessions as treatment progresses.

How much does it cost?

Amy's fee per treatment session is $85. Additional costs will apply for herbs. On a limited basis, Amy offers special rates for seniors and students; please feel free to inquire.

Amy is an acupuncture provider for Kaiser (Oakland), Sutter Select and Blue Shield PPO, and will provide a receipt for all other insurance carriers. Authorized worker's compensation and personal injury claims are also accepted.