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*ATTENTION-New Fees for Acupuncture & Cupping-Effective September 1st, 2019: 

As our overhead costs have continued to increase, we are now having to increase our fees in order to stay sustainable and continue serving our community.

The new sliding scale fees will be:
Return Patients:   $25-$45
New Patients:   $35-$55

Thank you for understanding!

 

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*NOVEMBER FOOD DRIVE for Alameda County Community Food Bank*

From now until the end of November if you donate two or more food items to our food barrel, then you can receive a $5 discount on what you normally pay for your acupuncture treatment! 

Please remember that the best items to bring are nutritious and non-perishable foods. We cannot accept donations of food in glass jars, perishable food, expired food, frozen food, fresh produce, soda, baby food or formula, and any non-food items. 

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APPOINTMENT HOURS

 

Monday: 1-5:30p 
Tuesday: 9:30-6:30p
Wednesday: 9:30-12:30p, 2-6:30p 
Thursday: 9:30-6:30p
Friday: 9:30-5:30p
Saturday: 9:30-4:30p
Sunday: 9:30-1:30p 

 

(You can see the most updated acupuncturists' schedules here.)

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Location: 1716 Lincoln Avenue (Between Grand and Union), Alameda, CA94501

How does acupuncture work?

The body is self-healing in its natural state. When we get injured or stressed, the body often falls out of harmony with its natural state. When this happens, the energy we need to heal and stay healthy doesn't flow as easily throughout our body. This makes us more susceptible to sickness and other dysfunctions. Acupuncture helps by bringing harmony back to the body, restoring the natural flow of energy, and re-engages the body's natural self-healing functioning.

From a biomedical perspective, acupuncture has been shown to reduce inflammation, regulate the nervous system, and enhance circulation throughout the body. Because of the systemic effect, it can treat a wide range of ailments.

What is acupuncture good for?

Acupuncture can be effective to treat many ailments, including but not limited to:

  • Pain, any kind of pain
  • Osteoarthritis, back pain and other musculoskeletal issues
  • Stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia
  • Fertility, painful periods, hormone irregularities, PMS, menopause symptoms
  • Immune support
  • Respiratory challenges, asthma, allergies, coughs and colds
  • Addiction to carbs, alcohol, tobacco, etc.
  • Digestive disorders
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Inflammation anywhere in the body
  • Headaches, allergies, and migraines
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia, Bells Palsy, and TMJ
  • Fatigue and discomfort associated with chemotherapy
  • High Blood Pressure, circulation problems
  • and many other conditions…ask us at ACA if we can help.

Even if you are undergoing other medical treatments, acupuncture can be a safe and effective adjunct therapy to aid recovery and reduce side effects of medications.

 

Is acupuncture safe?

We use only single-use sterilized disposal needles. After the needles are removed, they are disposed in a biohazard sharps container, and is NEVER re-inserted into another person. When the container is full, it is then mailed back to a EPA compliant facility to be destroyed. 

The risk of puncturing any organs is minimal when performed by a licensed acupuncturist who uses proper needling techniques and follows to needle-depth guidance. At ACA, since we mainly use points that are far away from vital organs, further minimizing this risk.

 

What does acupuncture feel like?

Unlike hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are hair-thin and solid with a slightly rounded tip. At ACA, our acupuncturists are gentle and are trained in refined Japanese insertion techniques which minimize pain during insertions. When the needle is inserted, you may not feel anything at all or you may feel a slight prick, like the feeling of a hair being pulled, followed by varying sensations of warmth, tingling, or a radiating dull ache. During acupuncture, patients commonly experience heaviness in the limbs, a pleasant feeling of relaxation and may even fall asleep. 

How many treatments will I need?
Healing is a process, rather than a single-event. Some people feel great relief from one treatment while others find a more gradual improvement with acupuncture. The number and frequency of treatments will be discussed with you at your initial visit. Below are some basic guidelines that apply to most conditions:

If your problem is new    For example, back strain from recent overexertion, then you will experience the best benefit from multiple visits in a short period of time—two or three treatments in a week for a period of one or two weeks. By this time, your problem should be much better, and you and your practitioner can determine if further treatments are necessary.

If you have a long-term problem    It is usually best to start with a round of treatments close together (usually twice a week) for a period of time and then gradually decrease the frequency of treatments as your condition improves.

If you are seeking relief from uncontrollable events    then it is best to think of acupuncture as a tool for health maintenance. While acupuncture cannot change the fact that your life or job causes you stress, or that you sat next to someone with the flu on the bus, it can allow you to cope better with the causes of stress by strengthening your body's natural resistance and helping you maintain harmony with your body's natural self-healing abilities. During those times, come in once or twice a week, or as often as you need to alleviate the symptoms.

 

Do you offer cupping?

 
Yes, we do cupping as a stand-alone treatment, which is separate from your acupuncture session. We charge the same sliding scale for cupping ($20-40 for a return visit). If you have never done cupping here before, please talk to our acupuncturist to determine whether acupuncture or cupping will be best for you. Once we discuss it and decide that cupping will be appropriate, please book an "acupuncture" session, write in the message box (if you are booking online) that this is for cupping. Please download our cupping info sheet so you will know how to prepare for your cupping treatment.

 

ACA's Updated Walk-in Policy:

We really hate to turn anyone away! We ask that you please make an appointment online or by calling ahead to make sure there's room in the schedule before you head to the clinic. If you show up without calling, you are taking the chance that we might be 100% booked for the rest of the day. Please understand that we only have limited part-time front desk help but we will do our best to get back to you as soon as we can.
  • Walk-in's are welcome only if we don't have a full schedule. You may have to wait to get treated and appointments are not guaranteed. When someone has an appointment booked we need to treat them first before we treat any walk-in patients.
  • If you don't have an appointment, please check in with the front desk or acupuncturist on staff before paying and heading into the treatment room. We will do our best to communicate whether we can take a walk-in, and give you an estimated wait time. 
  • Please know that we are trying our best to serve our community but we can't always accommodate everyone's needs. Thank you for understanding and helping us maintain systems that support the clinic and it's community.