Frequently Asked Questions
Is acupuncture safe?
Yes! When a properly trained licensed acupuncturist (like Nina) performs your treatment, there are virtually no negative side effects, and minimum risk.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are hair-thin and they are inserted gently and shallowly. While each person experiences acupuncture differently, most people feel only a minimal amount of sensation as the needles are inserted. Once the needles are in place, most of our patients tell us that they experience a feeling of relaxation and well-being that lasts for many hours after the treatment.
How often will I need to come in for acupuncture before I see results?
Most of our patients see us weekly, but each case is unique! Your practitioner will craft a clear treatment plan for you and will tell you how often you should have treatment. Everyone responds to treatment differently, so the number of visits will depend on your particular situation. There are certain issues that can be addressed in a visit or two, but other cases, especially chronic conditions, might require more treatments. Consistency is key! Often, patients will notice relief from a specific symptom straight away, though we may need more time to work on the underlying root of the issue.
How do I cancel or reschedule my appointment?
To cancel or reschedule an appointment, please do so by logging into our portal. You can also call the office at (619) 796 – 1323. Please note, we do have a 24-hour cancellation policy, so appointments altered within 24 hours of the scheduled treatment time will result in a fee.
Can I schedule a consultation only?
Yes, you can schedule a free 15-minute consultation over the phone prior to booking your initial consultation.
How should I prepare for my first appointment?
Please drink water and eat some protein within 2 hours before your appointment.
Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
Please complete your new patient paperwork through the online portal.
How will I feel after my session?
Everyone responds differently to acupuncture. Some people may feel energized, while others may feel a little sore.
How long are needles retained during acupuncture treatments?
Acupuncture treatments require the needles be retained between 15 and 40 minutes. During that time some patients nap, listen to music, or some prefer a guided meditation. During your session other eastern modalities may be administered, for example, moxa/ cupping.
Can I exercise/ work after my acupuncture session?
We suggest taking it easy for that day, as things are moving and shifting. You may return to work, but keep in mind you might feel a little sleepy after your treatment.
Is cupping covered by insurance?
No, cupping is not covered by insurance. Cupping will be charged as an add-on to your session.
Are labs covered by insurance?
Costs for blood work and specialty tests are not included in your visit. Blood work is usually covered by insurance. Specialty tests range in cost from $100 – $350.
What specialty labs do you order?
Some of our most frequently prescribed specialty tests assess allergies, cortisol, genetics, microbiome imbalance, and gut health.In-depth specialty testing helps construct a comprehensive picture of your health and better inform our treatment plan.
Where are you located?
We are located at 7710 Fay Ave. La Jolla, CA 92037
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept credit cards and cash.
What insurance do you accept?
We participate with Cigna and United Health Care, and accept PPOs with acupuncture coverage. We also accept HSA and FSA plans.
*Verification must be obtained prior to appointment.
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How can I make an appointment?
You can make an appointment through our website.