Frequently Asked Questions

What type of education and clinical training is required to become an acupuncturist?

In California, acupuncturists are required to obtain a Master’s or Doctoral degree in acupuncture from an accredited educational institution. This training involves an average of 3-5 years, over 2000 minimum educational hours and almost 1000 minimum clinical hours. To become licensed, acupuncturists must pass their state’s board exam, obtain a Clean Needle Technique Certification and meet the board’s strict requirements. Additionally, they must continue completing a minimum of 50 CEU units every two years. This may involve attending seminars, workshops, or classes on acupuncture and TCM topics in order to keep your knowledge and skills up to date.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Rest assured, acupuncture needles are far less thin than the needles you may have experienced at your doctor’s office. However, here at Tradishen, we are even more mindful that different people have different levels of sensitivities. Therefore, we offer a wide range of needles, techniques and adjustments to achieve results in a very comfortable manner, suitable for each patient’s unique needs. We always urge patients that if anything feels uncomfortable at any time, please let us know so we can make adjustments.

What does acupuncture feel like?

Patients report different sensations when receiving acupuncture. This just tells us everybody is unique and experiences sensory different. Some report a dull, aching sensation, a warming or cooling effect, waves of energy across the body, twitching of their muscles and many times, a deep relaxing effect of the mind and body. At Tradishen, we strive to keep your comfort top of mind, so please inform us of any discomfort so we can quickly adjust and learn your body’s specific reactions and needs.

How many treatments will I need?

Typically, if the condition is severe enough, acupuncture is recommended at least once per week for 3-8 weeks till manageable relief is achieved, then a maintenance plan of once every 2-6 weeks is suggested to avoid reverting back to initial state. More mild conditions may require only 1-3 sessions with the option to continue regular treatments for optimal health. Along with treatments, we do our best to guide you with herbs, diet and lifestyle advice to achieve results quicker and more sustainably. We also work to provide any appropriate referrals if a more extensive care team is necessary.

Do you accept insurance?

Unfortunately, here at Tradishen we do not accept insurance. We do not work with insurance companies, since their cost structure, rules and mandates can sometimes get in the way of a caring practitioner-patient relationship and can force us to modify to less effective treatment strategies. You can check with your insurance company to see if it is possible to get partial reimbursement for our services. Typically, this is a PPO plan and you would request a superbill from us. If requesting a superbill, you must pay full price and we cannot accommodate any cash discounts. Insurance companies often have an insurance reimbursement form which you may send to your insurance company to apply for reimbursement or to put toward your deductible. You will likely be reimbursed at out-of-network rates. If you have an HMO or EPO, you will likely not be reimbursed. We also do not take Medicare or Medi-Cal.

Is the cost worth it?

We completely understand that paying extra for healthcare can create uncertainty or financial strain. We hope to work together to make it reasonable to pay for treatments and set a treatment plan that works for you on all levels. We find that when patients find REAL relief to their health, then they show up more clear and energetic to work, their businesses, their friends and family and enjoy life on a much higher level. Often times this leads to better opportunities, missing work less and most of all, feeling happier and more joyous. As Dr. Monica always says, the mind, body, beauty and business is interrelated! When we make our mind and body a priority, all other aspects of life up level.

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