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Hours & Location

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.


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.

 

Your First Visit to Meridian Acupuncture

A few tips on how to maximize the benefits from your first acupuncture visit.

And they are surprisingly easy!

Our first meeting is undoubtedly one of the most important sessions.  It gives us a chance to become familiar with your overall constitution, health history and life style.  For this exact reason, your first session will take longer than the ensuing ones, so plan for approximately 90 minutes.

And here is our general game plan:

  1. Complete the Initial Intake Form (also includes informed consent form, HIPPA, etc.)
  2. Review and discussion of your completed Initial Intake Form
  3. Abdominal palpation and necessary physical examination
  4. Acupuncture treatments, front and back, as needed

The initial intake form

In order to customize your treatment to your specific needs and help you feel better, I need to know about your health history. Are you currently on any medication? What about past surgeries and injuries? How long have you had the current health complain?

How about your life style – Are you getting enough sleep? What is your diet like? Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? How about food allergies?

What do you do for exercise? How is your energy level? Are you content in general or stressed out most of the time?

Your answers to all these questions and any additional information you can share will help tremendously. To treat you as a whole person, not just a set of symptoms, I need to know as much about you as possible.

So sit down, take a deep breath. Remember, this is not Spanish Inquisition, and there is certainly no one here to judge you. The more I know, the better I will be able to help you.


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