New Acupuncture Patients

Lafayette Acupuncture San Ramon

Benjamin Dierauf, LAc

Information for New Acupuncture Patients

Congratulations on your decision to try acupuncture! You’ll find acupuncture to be a rewarding experience on many levels. The needles are thin, my style is gentle, and you will feel better as your body comes back into balance with itself and your environment. In addition to experiencing a decrease in pain, you should also feel more relaxed, energetic and at peace with the world.

Please download, print, and complete the Acupuncture Intake Form and bring it to your first appointment. If you’d like to complete it at my office, please arrive 15 minutes early to do so. If you’d like to review my office’s HIPPA policies, you can download them here:  NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES.

As a new patient, you’ll be scheduled for a 1.5-hour session. Because acupuncture is a holistic medicine, I will conduct a thorough verbal intake, covering not just your chief complaint but other aspects of your health and wellness. I will answer any questions you have along the way. You can expect an acupuncture physical exam that includes my looking at your tongue, feeling your pulse, palpating injuries for pain and discomfort, and pressing different locations on your abdomen. I will also measure your blood pressure and heart rate.

Based on the information I gather, I’ll formulate a acupuncture medical diagnosis and treatment plan. The plan will include a prognosis describing the percentage improvement I would expect for your condition after a specified number of treatments, along with possible herbal formulas, and nutritional and/or lifestyle recommendations. I will explain this to you in detail and answer any questions you may have during and after the acupuncture treatment.

For Best Acupuncture Treatment Results:

Please do the following:
•    Download and complete this Acupuncture Intake Form, and bring it with you to your appointment
•    Show up on time, with food in your stomach
•    Wear loose, comfortable clothes
•    Discuss any/all of your questions and concerns
•    Refrain from heavy exercise, drugs or alcohol for at least six hours after treatment
•    Follow your treatment plan

Acupuncture Costs (medical fee schedule):

ProcedureSame day discount
(payment at time of service)
Regular fees
Returning Visit (includes acupuncture, 55 minutes)$90$110
Initial Visit Evaluation (30-60 minutes)$35 - $80$50 - $100
Massage/Manual Therapy$30$55
Electro stimulation$10$35
Suction Cups/ Guasha-Scraping (30 minutes)$40$45
Payment: I accept cash, checks, credit cards, and health saving-account cards.
Learn
 whether or not your health insurance will help cover your acupuncture costs.

Missed Acupuncture Appointment Policy

As a courtesy to wait-listed patients, if you need to change or cancel your acupuncture appointment, please give at least a 24-hour advance notice. Otherwise the full price of your appointment will be charged.

Please be on time. If you know that you will be late, please call. Every effort will be made to reschedule you for a later time. If an emergency prevents you from keeping your appointment, arrangements can be made. Fees for missed appointments are NOT covered by insurance.

Lafayette Acupuncture Hours:

Mondays 9:00-6:30, Fridays 9:00-6:30, Saturdays (every other) 9-3:00

San Ramon Acupuncture Hours:

Tuesdays 9:30-4:00, Thursdays 9:30 – 4:00

Acupuncture Home Visits:

I’m sometimes available to provide acupuncture services for new acupuncture patients at your home, office, or hotel room. Call (925) 297-4785 or contact me here to set this up. (Rates include an additional $30-50 for travel).

Lafayette Acupuncture / San Ramon Acupuncture:

Experienced Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine
for Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasant Hill, Concord,
Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, San Ramon, Pleasanton,
Contra Costa & Alameda Counties,
and the Greater East Bay Area.