What to expect from a treatment

Most patients find an acupuncture treatment very relaxing. During the needling process as a sign of “obtaining the vital energy,” some patients may have a light sensation of soreness, numbness, distention, or heaviness around the needles. The beneficial reaction usually starts during the first four or five visits. Just like any other medical treatment, not all cases can be cured. However, there is no harmful effect from the therapy in common practice. Those that suffer from lingering or chronic diseases and do not respond well to orthodox medicine are particularly encouraged to try this promising Chinese art of healing.

How many treatments are necessary?

Each person is unique, therefore, the treatment plan is individualized. It depends on the type of illness, the severity of the condition, the duration of the sickness and the physical state of the patient at the time of treatment.

A course of treatment usually takes ten sessions, more or less. In order to get the best therapeutic result, acute cases are treated daily for a few days, then in prolonged intervals. Chronic cases usually need two to three visits per week. For health maintenance, periodic treatments (once a week or every two weeks) are recommended.

Do you accept insurance?

Yes. We accept Aetna, Blue Shield, Blue Cross, Cigna, Health Net, Sutter Health, Sutter Select, United Health Care, VA, and Workers’ Comp.

Dr. Dave Liu is a Hill Physician Contract provider.


What about Medicare and Medicaid?

Medicare and Medicaid will not cover acupuncture.