Clinic

San Francisco Clinic
Petaluma Clinic
Community Clinic Appointments
Private Appointments
Conditions Treated
Conditions Not Treated
Course and Duration of Treatment
Herbal Therapy
Moxibustion and Cupping
Substance Abuse Treatment


San Francisco Clinic
topThe San Francisco MAP Clinic focuses on providing acupuncture care for professional and up-and-coming instrumentalists and vocalists, as well as those working in supporting fields such as music administration, recording and production.  A wide range of conditions are treated in the clinic, with a special focus on the treatment of repetitive strain injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, arthritis, back and neck pain, allergies, asthma, and throat and vocal disorders.

The San Francisco Clinic is located at 211 Gough Street (between Fell and Oak) in San Francisco’s performing arts nexus centered around Hayes Valley and the Civic Center. We are located 2 blocks from Davies Symphony Hall and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and are highly accessible by public transit. The following MUNI lines all stop within 1 to 3 blocks of MAP

  • From the Mission District: 26, 47, 49
  • From other SF locations: J, K, L, M and N (disembark at the VanNess MUNI station), F Market, 6, 7, 71 Civic Center BART is a 7-minute walk

There are four-hour meters on Gough and Fell Streets. Two-hour neighborhood parking is readily available on Oak, Octavia, Laguna, Page and many side streets in the Hayes Valley neighborhood.

San Francisco Clinic hours are Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:30a.m. to 6:00p.m.  Both private and community-style appointments are scheduled during those times.  New patients can schedule an appointment by calling Amy at (415) 846-4643.  Returning patients may schedule online.

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Petaluma Clinic
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The Petaluma MAP Clinic is open to musicians and non-musicians alike.  A wide range of conditions are treated in the clinic, with a special focus on the treatment of repetitive strain injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, arthritis, back and neck pain, allergies, asthma, and throat and vocal disorders.

The Petaluma Clinic is located in the heart of downtown Petaluma at 115 Liberty Street, (between Washington and Western). Free 2-hour parking is available on Liberty Street and throughout the neighborhood.

Petaluma Clinic hours are Mondays and Thursdays 10:00a.m. to 6:00p.m.  Both private and community-style appointments are scheduled during these times.  To schedule an appointment please call Amy at (415) 846-4643.

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Community Clinic Appointments
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In the Community Clinic several clients are scheduled per hour and are treated in the same room. Patients complete an extensive health questionnaire prior to their initial appointment.  While treatments take place in a group setting, medical confidentiality of sensitive information is maintained through discrete written and verbal communication between the patient and the acupuncturist.  In keeping with Chinese medical tradition, all treatments are customized to the individual patient’s conditions and needs.

Community Clinic treatments are provided on a sliding scale. Research has shown that most conditions respond best to frequent and regular acupuncture treatment. In particular, pain usually responds best when acupuncture treatment is received several times per week. The goal of MAP’s sliding scale is to make acupuncture available to patients at the frequency required for optimal resolution of their condition.

For each dependent child or elder subtract between $5,000 and $10,000 from your annual gross income.

Annual
Gross Income

Initial
Treatment

Follow-up Treatments
Under $25,000
$20
$20
$25,000 – $30,000
$30
$20
$30,000 – $40,000
$35
$20
$40,000 – $50,000
$40
$20
$50,000 – $60,000
$45
$25
$60,000 – $70,000
$50
$30
$70,000 – $80,000
$55
$35
$80,000 – $90,000
$60
$40
$90,000 – $100,000
$65
$45
$100,000+
$70
$50

We appreciate your integrity in determining your place on our sliding scale.

The cost of any herbal products recommended is not included in the above fees.

If the lower end of our sliding scale seems high for you, please contact the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic at (415)746-1950 for care.


Private Appointments
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Many conditions can be successfully assessed and treated in the Community Clinic, but clients with more serious, complex or sensitive concerns may benefit from Private Appointments because they allow more time for assessment and discussion. Private appointments are open to musicians and non-musicians alike. For some clients it may be appropriate to set up a course of treatment that includes both Private and Community Appointments. Please call (415) 846-4643 to inquire about current rates.


Conditions Treated
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Health concerns appropriate for treatment through MAP may be specifically performance-related, such as muscle tension or pain caused by the repetitive strain of playing a musical instrument, or respiratory/throat conditions affecting vocal production. Also appropriate for treatment in the MAP clinic are almost any conditions that respond favorably to Chinese medical treatment. For complex conditions, we may recommend that your first visit be a private appointment to allow adequate time for a comprehensive review of your condition.


Conditions Not Treated
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While a great number of conditions can be effectively treated in the MAP clinic setting, there are some conditions not appropriate for treatment through MAP. These include:

  • Any acute condition more appropriately treated in a hospital emergency room
  • Peri-natal conditions that endanger the life of the mother or child
  • Uncontrolled severe psychiatric disorders
  • Cancer, HIV and other potentially life-threatening conditions, though palliative or supportive care may be available through MAP

When appropriate, we refer elsewhere any individual we feel can be better served by another provider or modality.


Course and Duration of Treatment
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In China acupuncture treatments are usually given daily or every other day, for short courses of treatment. This “high frequency” treatment model is beginning to take root in the U.S. with the aim of replicating the excellent therapeutic results achieved in China. Our goal is to provide high quality, appropriately frequent acupuncture treatment at affordable rates.

Recommended frequency is based on individual patient needs, and can range from multiple treatments per week for more serious conditions to the occasional “tune up” for mild or intermittent symptoms. Many conditions, especially pain, respond best when acupuncture is administered two or more times per week.

The number of treatments needed also varies greatly depending on the age and constitution of the patient, the severity of the condition and other factors. A general rule of thumb is “The longer you’ve had a condition, the longer it takes to resolve.”

For most conditions a reasonable trial period is 8 to 10 treatments, scheduled at the frequency recommended by your practitioner. Most patients experience partial to marked improvement within the 8- to 10-treatment trial period.

After this trial period we create a follow-up treatment plan. If there is partial improvement the follow-up treatment plan may be very similar to the initial one. If you have experienced marked improvement we may decrease the frequency of treatments. If you achieve complete resolution we will welcome you back to the clinic whenever our services are needed.

Studies in China have shown that around 95% of the population responds favorably to acupuncture treatment for a wide range of conditions. For most conditions, if after 8 to 10 treatments there is no change you may be referred to another modality or provider.


Herbal Therapy
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While the primary focus of SF Bay MAP is on providing acupuncture, we may recommend concurrent Chinese herbal therapy for some patients if we believe their condition will improve more readily with both.The MAP clinic stocks herbal products for internal and external use. Many of the herbal formulas for internal use are available in pill or capsule form. However, when appropriate we may recommend a customized herbal formula. This may require a private Herb Consultation outside of MAP clinic hours to discuss options and anticipated costs. Herb Consultations may entail an additional fee.

The cost of herbal products varies depending on the ingredients and formulation. Generally, herbal formulas for internal use average $20.00 to $25.00 per week. Customized herbal formulas may range from $10.00 to $30.00 or more per week. Herbal products for external use generally range from $10.00 to $20.00 per item.

While SF Bay MAP strives to keep the cost of herbal products affordable, these prices are subject to change without notice.

To ensure quality and purity, the MAP clinic stocks only herbal remedies that are tested for harmful adulterants such as bacteria, heavy metals and pesticides.


Moxibustion and Cupping
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Moxibustion and cupping are adjunct treatments used by acupuncturists in some situations. Moxibustion (moxa) is sometimes used for stubborn pain that is relieved by warmth, for chronic diarrhea or for patients with an overall weak consitution. Cupping is sometimes used for stubborn pain in the shoulders and back.Due to constraints inherent to the community acupuncture setting moxibustion and cupping services may not be available in the MAP clinic. If your practitioner feels you would benefit from one of these treatments, she may suggest scheduling a private appointment outside of MAP clinic hours. In such cases, standard private appointment fees may apply.


Substance Abuse Treatment
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MAP may provide supplementary treatment for individuals in substance abuse detoxification programs. However MAP is not designed to replace the comprehensive care of an established substance abuse program.

 

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