Information for New Acupuncture Patients

Congratulations on your decision to try acupuncture! New acupuncture patients usually find it to be a rewarding experience on many levels. The needles are thin, my style is gentle, and you will feel better right away 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. If you still have questions, you are welcome to email, text, or phone to set up a phone or video consultation.

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. Please review Acupuncture COVID-19 Precautions before you come in. If you’d like to see the 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, we will conduct a thorough verbal intake, covering not just your chief complaint but other aspects of your health and wellness and will answer any questions you have along the way. You can expect an acupuncture physical exam that includes looking at your tongue, feeling your pulses, palpating injuries for pain and discomfort, and pressing different locations on your abdomen. We may also measure your blood pressure and heart rate.

Based on the information gathered, we will formulate an acupuncture medical diagnosis and treatment plan that includes a discussion of the Stages of Acupuncture Care. 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 your acupuncture treatment.

Lafayette Acupuncture & Functional Medicine Hours

  • Mondays 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesdays 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Wednesdays 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursdays 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Fridays 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturdays 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Sundays Closed

For Best Acupuncture Treatment Results:

  • 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 (includes acupuncture, 55 minutes) $105 $145
Returning Visit (includes acupuncture 2-sides, 1 hour 15 – 25 minutes) $145 $200
Initial Visit Evaluation/Acupuncture (1 hour 25 min to 1 hour 55 minutes, depending on complexity) $160 – $200 $240 – $280
Massage/Manual Therapy $45 $70
Electro stimulation $25 $35
Suction Cups/ Guasha-Scraping $60 $85

Functional Medicine Costs (Medical Fee Schedule):

Procedure Same day discount
(payment at time of service)
Functional Medicine Consultation (15 minutes) $74
Functional Medicine Consultation (30 minutes) $148
Initial Functional Medicine Consultation (60 minutes) $296

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 (bdierauf at 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 & Functional Medicine Hours:

Mondays: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Tuesdays: 10:00am – 2:00pm (Functional Telemedicine only)
Wednesdays: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Thursdays: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Fridays: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00am – 12:00pm

Acupuncture Home Visits:

If the house has been tested to be COVID free, acupuncture home visits are billed at $295, and based on schedule availability. Please call or text to schedule.

Acupuncture COVID-19 Precautions

Given the history and spread of COVID in China and the reports of Acupuncturists on the ground all over the world, it appears that Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine has been quite helpful in he treatment of COVID patients, helping them stay out of the hospital – especially ICU and intubation, and heal more quickly. Please follow the acupuncture COVID precautions listed below.

However we are NOT treating patients with COVID here at the Lafayette Acupuncture and Functional Medicine clinic. If you or someone you know has come down with COVID, we can do a telemedicine session to work out an effective treatment strategy using herbal formulas, supplements, and lifestyle recommendations.

Given the continuing threat of COVID, acupuncturists practice differently then before. At Acupuncture Lafayette, in order to protect ourselves and others with more compromised immune systems, we have implemented the following Acupuncture COVID Precautions.

Lafayette Acupuncture & Functional Medicine:
Experienced Acupuncturist & Functional Medicine Provider serving Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasant Hill, and Walnut Creek.