RATES & QUESTIONS
We are so glad you are interested in taking the next step to renew and restore your body. If you can't find the answer to your questions below, please contact Lily for more information.
I am a preferred provider with the following insurance companies:
• Blue Cross / Blue Cross Blue Shield
• Kaiser Permanente PPO Plans
• United Healthcare
• Coordinated Care
• Health Net
• Priority Health
• Ventura County
There is a 20% discount for Whole Health Networks’ Whole Health Living Choices Network.
Cash Pay Patients:
$150 - First office visit - 90-120 minutes.
Includes evaluation, treatment, holistic health plan, and herbal formula recommendation if applicable.
In preparation for your first visit:
• Wear loose clothing that allows access to your lower legs and arms.
• Be sure to have a small snack before coming in for treatment.
• Allow up to 2 hours so I have ample time to properly assess your needs and structure a treatment plan accordingly.
If you have diagnostic tests and reports from other practitioners/specialists that are relevant to your current health concerns, please bring copies so I am able to provide the best care possible.
$90 - Follow-up office visits - 60-75 minutes.
May include other modalities depending on the chief complaint:
• Gua sha (spoon massage, scraping)
• Tui na (bodywork)
• Cold Laser therapy
• Acupuncture point injections
• Craniosacral therapy
• Acupuncture point stimulation with tuning forks
Acupuncture Point Injection Therapy:
$35 - Cash pay for one substance injection.
$42 - Two substances.
How does acupuncture work:
Acupuncture theory is based on the flow of “Qi” (most often translated as the body’s vital energy) through twelve meridians, or channels. Each channel corresponds to a different internal organ, such as the liver, heart, stomach, or spleen , and connects in a network that runs through the body, cycling from one channel to the next. Acupuncture heals the body by stimulating specific points on these channels that can impact biochemical and physiological conditions in the body as well as stimulate sensory receptors. These sensory receptors then signal nerves to transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system in the brain where neurotransmitters and endorphins are released, easing pain, promoting healing and improving immune function. In this way acupuncture is able to address specific health concerns, and strengthen your overall health and well-being.
What should I expect at my appointments:
First office visit (1.5-2 hours long) - At the first appointment, we will spend 30-45 minutes discussing your health history, then we will evaluate your health through physical examination (tongue, pulse, skin, etc.). Treatment will follow, which will include acupuncture, cupping, tui na (Chinese massage), etc. depending on your needs. We will discuss lifestyle adjustments you can make to maximize your results, and develop a treatment plan. In return office visits (~1 hour long), 10-15 minutes will be spent evaluating your current health condition, followed by treatment and health maintenance discussion.
What can acupuncture treat:
Patients see results for nearly any ailment. Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, has a several thousand year history, and the treatment principles and herbal formulas continue to be useful in modern times. Commonly, people seek acupuncture to treat pain and injuries, insomnia, anxiety, depression, stress, fertility, and numerous other ailments.
What is acupuncture point injection therapy:
I am one of the few local acupuncturists who is certified to do acupuncture point injection therapy (aquapuncture). It is the injection at an acupuncture point of a small amount of a vitamin, saline, or plant extract and is a recent innovation of traditional acupuncture and aims to enhance and prolong the effect of stimulation of acupuncture points. Currently I inject German homeopathic remedy solutions by the brands Hevert and Heel. The most popular injections are Traumeel (famous for reducing inflammation and promoting tissue nourishment), and CalmValera (a formula containing Valerian, a natural sleep aid, which also aids anxiety and depression). Stay tuned as Vitamin B shots will be offered starting in 2020.
Does acupuncture hurt:
Usually for just a split second if at all. Many factors affect the sensations a patient might experience with acupuncture. Some areas (feet, hands, etc.) can be more sensitive than other areas, and some people are more sensitive to pain. I am attentive to your needs and will gladly help you through any apprehension or fear you have. I have several patients who are afraid of needles, but after they see the benefits, they look forward to their acupuncture treatments. Do be advised, you will feel more needle-sensitive if you have caffeine before treatment.