New Patient Information
Becoming a patient step-by-step guide
Please Note: Sean is only accepting new patients for Chinese herbal medicine treatment. If you are looking for acupuncture treatment - please see another provider in the community.
1) Make an appointment by clicking HERE. If you have questions about whether Chinese Medicine can help you, please read the FAQs below and the Conditions Treated page.
2) fill out your online intake form (access through the appointment confirmation email)
3) read our clinic's COVID guidelines and procedures
Can Chinese Herbal Medicine help me with _________?
Chinese Medicine treatment is holistic in nature, which means that Chinese herbal medicine is able to help people with a very wide range of conditions. All health conditions arise from imbalance and dysfunction of one or more body systems. By using holistic assessment and treatment methods, the symptoms and the root cause of many conditions can be improved or resolved. Visit our conditions treated page to see some of the conditions that we have helped patients with. If you still have questions about whether we can help you, the best thing to do is to schedule an appointment and fill out our online forms (a few days ahead of your appointment) with the details of your condition. If we don't think we can help, we will let you know ahead of time.
How much treatment will I need?
Duration of treatment is highly variable depending on the person and the severity of their condition. Acute conditions often respond within 2 to 3 weeks of herbal medicine treatment. Chronic conditions require more treatment. For treatment of chronic conditions, we will often recommend a trial of 8 to 12 weeks with 6 to 8 office visits throughout the course of treatment.
Phases of treatment: 1) Relief 2) Stabilization 3) Maintenance
When treating any condition, the course of treatment goes as follows. In the relief phase, we aim to get significant (60% or more) reduction in symptoms. If it took 6 weeks of treatment to get to that place of relief, in the stabilization phase we apply the same amount of treatment (in this example 6 weeks) to get the improvement to stick. Once the stabilization phase is complete, we start reducing treatment in the maintenance phase while still maintaining or continuing to see further gradual improvement. For most conditions we aim to cease acupuncture and herbal treatment completely at some point and have patients maintain their new health through exercise and lifestyle measures. In some cases, regular but less frequent acupuncture treatment or low doses or herbal medicine is needed to prevent worsening of degenerative conditions.
For many people who are new to Chinese medicine, they hope for magical results in 1 or 2 treatments, even when dozens of specialists and years of medications haven't resolved a problem. Unfortunately, that is not how traditional Chinese Medicine works. While we often do have patients get great results when nothing else has worked for them, it rarely happens in 1 or 2 visits. Consistent and adequate treatment is how we achieve great results.
How much does acupuncture and herbal medicine treatment cost?
Initial Visit: $190. Return Visits: $95. Chinese herbal medicine: $30-60/week.
For more details see our services page.
Will my insurance cover Chinese herbal medicine treatment?
Insurance benefits do not cover Chinese herbal medicine office visits, or herbal medicine. You may see us listed as acupuncture providers with your insurance. Acupuncture insurance benefits only cover acupuncture services, and we are not taking new acupuncture patients as our clinic transitions to exclusively offering Chinese herbal medicine treatment.
Many HSA and FSA plans can be used for office visits and herbal medicine at our clinic, but it's important to check with your individual plan.
Please note that if you cancel with less than 24 hours notice, or miss a booked appointment, you will be billed for the full cost of the appointment. If there are extenuating circumstances that prevent you from coming to your appointment, please communicate with us.