Stages of Care in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

Posted by on Oct 16, 2016 in Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine | Comments Off on Stages of Care in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

Lafayette Acupuncture San Ramon - Stages of Care in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

Benjamin Dierauf, LAc

Stages of Care in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

I’m often asked how often one needs acupuncture. Here is a short synopsis of the stages of care in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. If you wish to discuss further, please let me know.

Stage 1: Acute Care
This stage focuses primarily on treating the chief complaint, i.e. the pain or illness that affects quality of life. During this stage, treatment is usually 1-2 times per week, and I usually recommend a series of 4-6 treatments to start.

Stage 2: Helping the Body Rediscover Balance
In Oriental Medicine, health complaints result from a life out of balance. Because it is holistic in nature, we can diagnose these imbalances and provide a treatment plan that addresses them. During this stage, treatment is usually every 1-2 weeks, and there is often an accompanying herbal formula.

Stage 3: Maintenance of Balance
While ideally we strive for a life that creates its own balance, the reality is that the stresses of modern living have a way of challenging us, and it’s often helpful to schedule regular ‘tune-ups’. These can range anywhere from once per month, change of seasons, or year – ultimately this is an individual decision. For myself, I get acupuncture once per week and find it invaluable.

As we enter into the Fall, it’s worthwhile to consider doing a whole body tune-up strengthen our immune system and better prepare ourselves to absorb the bountiful yin energy of coolness, contemplation, and consolidation that comes with Winter.

New Website and Video –!

I’ve finally completed my new site – please check it out! Any suggestions or comments you may have are welcome – I’d love to hear your feedback.

New Colleagues in Lafayette

As you may have heard, my colleague with whom I shared Lamorinda Healing Arts, Jason Luban, has sold his acupuncture practice. The new crew is made up of former top-notch students from my days at AIMC Berkeley. My days and hours haven’t changed, and if you can’t get in to see me on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays in Lafayette, or Tuesdays and Thursdays in San Ramon, you should try to schedule with Mimi, Katjia, Deanna, or Albert – check them out here.

Acupuncture Fee Increases

As my rents increased dramatically both at the office and at home, I’ll be increasing my ‘same day discount’ rates by $5/visit starting October 15 – making it $90 for a returning acupuncture session and $130 for an initial intake and session.

Acupuncture Treatment Packages

To help offset the impact of this increase for you, I offer discounts with the purchase of treatment packages. The new price structure starting October 15 will be:
6 Returning Acupuncture Sessions for the price of 5 ($450),
11 Returning Acupuncture Sessions for the price of 9 ($810), or
20 Returning Acupuncture Sessions for the price of 16 ($1,440).

You will still be able to purchase acupuncture treatment packages at the current rates until October 15, 2016.