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Location

The clinic is located in the cote de sac in quiet and layback residential area right at the border of Noe Valley and Castro.  It’s away from all the hustle and bustle of a commercial district, and that makes it a nice and soothing environment for getting your acupuncture treatments. 

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Ample street parking is available during the business hours.

Hours

Although I can accommodate walk-in occasionally, I do strongly recommend that you book an appointment with you online to ensure the best service.

The clinic hours are as follows: 

Hours

Location

Mon – Sat: 9am – 6pm

180 Corwin Street, #2, SF, CA 94114 

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Optimize Health with Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine

Hi, I am Shih Hao Ho, LAc. founder of Meridian Acupuncture & Herb Clinic.

I specialize in sports acupuncture, oncology acupuncture, stress and pain management.

My mission is to help you heal faster, feel better, and live a fuller life.


A Little About Me…

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Hi, my name is Shih Hao Ho, and I am the owner and principal clinician of Meridian Acupuncture & Herb Clinic.  Thank you for checking out my page!

Like most people, I got my initiation to acupuncture out of sheer necessity.

Back in 1995, after one very intensive workout, my legs experienced a burning sensation with a rock-like rigidity that refuse to relent despite massages and stretching. Out of desperation, I sought acupuncture treatment.  In just one session, the burn and the rigidity were not only eliminated but also replaced with a lightness that I haven’t experienced before. It was a very satisfactory initiation to acupuncture for me.

Years later, I was confronted with a decision he never thought he would have to make: adopting a cat. At that time, I was not only allergic to cats, but was also suffering from chronic seasonal allergies that turned every spring and summer into seasons of agony…  After realizing that antihistamine was a poor remedy with undesirable side effects, I again sought relieve through acupuncture.  Two sessions later, I was freed from the allergies that have tormented me for years.  As for the cat?  Oh yes, he rules the house.

In 2010, after leaving the high tech sector, I decided to pursue a career in the field of acupuncture and herbal medicine, drawn by their incredible healing power and intellectual challenges, as well as the rewarding nature of helping people.  The field of medicine is a major departure from selling computer processor designs and writing flight software for a rocket, but experience I gained from high tech helped me develop the essential ability to assimilate disparage information and synthesize a composite views of a problem – the core mental framework that is particularly important in practicing acupuncture. It certainly helps that I am well versed in the Chinese culture and language, it affords me a sound understanding of the higher level of abstraction of the traditional Chinese medicine theoretical framework, without getting lost in any mystical trappings or cultural dogma.

Education

  • BS, MS in Aerospace Engineering from University of Missouri-Rolla.
  • MS in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Science.
  • Continuing education with Kiiko Matsumoto since 2013.

Specializations

Acupuncture is a highly versatile modality, with applications that range from muscular dysfunctions, pain management, allergy, menstruation dysfunctions, post surgery care, to facial rejuvenation, and many more. 

For me, acupuncture is first and foremost a manual modality and it is one of the most effective modalities for treating soft tissue related problems.  By soft tissues, I mean skeletal muscles, meanings the muscles that wrap around your body; muscles that you can activate or de-activate consciously.  These muscles get over used all the time, whether it’s from your athletic trainings, or daily repetitive use from work, or habitual posture, etc.  Pain, soreness, achiness, tightness, etc. from muscle over use is something we all experience and can relate to.  When your body is tight, it also constantly sends a signal back to your nervous system, which in effect is told not to relax.  And the nervous system then constantly keeps up neuron activities to maintain a high level of muscle tone to prepare to fight or flight.  A vicious circle thus ensues.  When a patient seeks treatment, it means the body/mind has already taken a toll and it needs some care and help. 

In other words, this is a more nuianced way of interpreting the old adage of “how stress kills you”…  To be more precise, stress doesn’t kill you per se, rather, it’s your stress responses that are killing you.  To be even more precise, it’s the cumulative residual stress responses that you are carrying on your body that are sapping your life away. 

So my clinic practice is built on breaking this vicious circle for you by relaxing your muscles and your nervous sytem, which is usually the root cause of most patients’ chief complaints.

In my clinic practice, I always start by needling points that relax the mind and the abdomen first.  I also palpate extensively to ensure the most precise point locations, specific to that patient.  The needling is gentle, smooth, with minimal manipulation.  This is an essential requisitive process that helps to relax the patients and allows their body and mind a chance to cooperate for 20-25 minutes.  After that, I use a combination of needling with electrical stimulation to further relax deep stubborn muscles like the traps, lower-back, and gluts, areas of most common chief complaints.

To find out how I can help you with your condition, contact me.

Our Rates and Payment Policies

*Acupuncture treatments only. Herbal prescriptions cost extra.
Effective as of Dec 21th, 2016
 DurationCost/Session (Out-of-Pocket)*Cost/Session (Insurance)*
Pre-Treatment Consultation15 min$0$0
First Appointment90 min$130$135
Follow-ups60 min$95$100

All out-of-pocket payments are due upon completion of the session.

I accept cash, PayPal, personal checks, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover card.

A special note about using Insurance

I am an in-network provider for BlueShield CA.  And by mid-April, 2017, I will also start accepting BlueCross, United Health, and Kaiser, and all insurance policies managed by American Specialty Health (ASH). Since the level of acupuncture coverage varies from one policy to another and one policy group to another, it is virtually impossible for us to keep track of a patient’s eligibility and level of coverage.

Generally, if you have Kaiser or other non-PPO plans, you just need to find an acupuncturist who is on the ASH network. If you work for a corporation, most likely you will have a PPO plan, which generally:

  • has a combined deductible for medical massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic services; or one combined master deductible with other medical expenses
  • requires patients to be responsible for all expenses until the deductible is met
  • once the deductible is met, covers about >80% of costs and the patients are responsible for remaining portions
  • has a limit on the amount of payouts and the number of treatments, and it’s common to cover 10 acupuncture sessions

It is the patient’s responsibility to understand the insurance coverage. Practitioners like us really want to help patients to reach their health goals, however, in reality, in order to verify a patient’s eligibility, we have to call the insurance providers and that’s commonly a 30 minute hold on the phone. And there is the additional question of whether you have met your deductible or not… This is not something we can do repeatedly. I hope you understand.

What to Expect From Your Acupuncture Session…

Here are a few tips on what to wear, how to prepare, etc.

Before

It’s always a good idea to arrive at your acupuncture a little early to give yourself a chance to relax into the session.

Because needle insertions must be applied to bare skin when we do acupuncture, please wear loose and comfortable clothes that would allow access to your body. Most of time, I would place needles on the abdomen and upper/lower back, so an overall or a one-piece dress is not ideal (but gowns and blankets are available, in case you need to change).

I commonly palpate and needle points on your lower extremities, so tights, panty hose, or skinny jeans will be a bit hindering.  I also commonly use points along the arms, on the shoulders and the neck.

After

After receiving an acupuncture treatment, patients usually feel relaxed and a little sedated, akin to waking up from a slumber.  So afford yourself a little time to gather your faculties and focus before embarking on tasks that require concentration, like driving, for example.

 


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