New Acupuncture Patients

Lafayette Acupuncture San Ramon

Benjamin Dierauf, LAc

Information for New Acupuncture Patients

Congratulations on your decision to try acupuncture! New acupuncture patients find it to be a rewarding experience on many levels. The needles are thin, my style is gentle, and you will feel better as your body comes back into balance. In addition to experiencing a decrease in pain, you should also feel more relaxed, energetic and at peace with the world.

Please download, print, and complete the New Acupuncture Patient Intake Form and bring it to your first appointment. If you’d like to complete it at my office, please arrive 15 minutes early to do so. If you’d like to review my office’s HIPPA policies, you can download them here:  Notice of Privacy Practices.

As a new acupuncture patient, you’ll be scheduled for a 1.5-hour session. Because acupuncture is a holistic medicine, I will conduct a thorough verbal intake, covering not just your chief complaint but other aspects of your health and wellness. I will answer any questions you have along the way. You can expect an acupuncture physical exam that includes my looking at your tongue, feeling your pulse, palpating injuries for pain and discomfort, and pressing different locations on your abdomen. I will also measure your blood pressure and heart rate.

Based on the information I gather, I’ll formulate a acupuncture medical diagnosis and treatment plan. The plan will include a prognosis describing the percentage improvement I would expect for your condition after a specified number of treatments, along with possible herbal formulas, and nutritional and/or lifestyle recommendations. I will explain this to you in detail and answer any questions you may have during and after the acupuncture treatment.

For Best Acupuncture Treatment Results:

Please do the following:
•    Download and complete the New Acupuncture Patient Intake Form, and bring it with you to your appointment
•    Show up on time, with food in your stomach (your body will need the energy to make changes, as directed by the acupuncture) 
•    Wear loose, comfortable clothes
•    Discuss any/all of your questions and concerns
•    Refrain from heavy exercise, drugs or alcohol for at least six hours after treatment
•    Follow your treatment plan

Acupuncture Costs (medical fee schedule):

Procedure Same day discount
(payment at time of service)
Regular fees (used for billing insurance, etc.)
Returning Visit/Acupuncture Session (55 minutes) $95 $120
Initial Visit Evaluation/Acupuncture (1 hour 25 min to 1 hour 55 minutes, depending on complexity) $145 – $180 $205 – $245
Massage/Manual Therapy $40 $65
Electro stimulation $20 $25
Suction Cups/ Guasha-Scraping (30 minutes) $50 $75

Payment: Cash, checks, credit cards, and HSA (Health Savings Account) cards. 

Health Insurance: If you’d like to know if your health insurance provides acupuncture coverage for services that I provide, download, complete, and email ( or fax (925-403-1001) the Acupuncture Insurance Coverage Inquiry Form, along with digital photos of the front and back of your Health Insurance Card. 

Missed Acupuncture Appointment Policy

As a courtesy to wait-listed patients, if you need to change or cancel your acupuncture appointment, please give at least a 24-hour advance notice. Otherwise the full price of your appointment will be charged.

Please be on time. If you know that you will be late, please call. Every effort will be made to reschedule you for a later time. If an emergency prevents you from keeping your appointment, arrangements can be made. Fees for missed appointments are NOT covered by insurance.

Lafayette Acupuncture Hours:

Mondays 1:00pm-7:00pm, Fridays 12pm-7:00pm

San Ramon Acupuncture Hours:

Tuesdays 8:00am-5:00pm, Thursdays 9:30am – 5:00pm

Acupuncture Home Visits:

I’m sometimes available to provide acupuncture services for new acupuncture patients at your home, office, or hotel room. Call (925) 297-4785 or contact me here to set this up. (Rates include an additional $30-60 for travel).

Lafayette Acupuncture / San Ramon Acupuncture:

Experienced Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine
for Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasant Hill, Concord,
Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, San Ramon, Pleasanton,
Contra Costa & Alameda Counties,
and the Greater East Bay Area.

Or Call:
(925) 297-4785