FAQ

What is the Musicians’ Acupuncture Project?
How is medical confidentiality maintained?
What conditions are treated?
What conditions are not treated?
How much do treatments cost?
How much do Chinese herbal products cost?
Where is MAP located?
How do I schedule an appointment?
Who is the acupuncturist behind MAP?
How is MAP funded?


What is the Musicians’ Acupuncture Project?
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The Musicians’ Acupuncture Project is a privately-operated clinic providing affordable high quality acupuncture care, with a focus on treating repetitive strain injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, arthritis, back and neck pain, allergies, asthma, as well as throat and vocal disorders. We offer private treatments, as well as sliding scale community acupuncture in both our San Francisco and Petaluma locations.


How is medical confidentiality maintained?
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In the Community Clinic medical confidentiality of sensitive information is maintained through discrete written and verbal communication between the patient and the acupuncturist. All patients complete an extensive health questionnaire prior to their initial appointment.


What conditions are 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.Conditions Treated


What conditions are not treated?
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The following are a few examples of conditions not appropriate for treatment in MAP’s community acupuncture setting:

  • 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 and HIV, though palliative or supportive care may be available through MAP


How much do treatments cost?
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Community acupuncture 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.

Please call (415) 846-4643 to inquire about current private treatment rates.


How much do Chinese herbal products cost?
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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, and may require a private Herb Consultation fee. Herbal products for external use generally range from $10.00 to $20.00 per item. While MAP strives to keep the cost of herbal products affordable, these prices are subject to change without notice.


Where is MAP located?
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San Francisco Clinic
We are located at 211 Gough Street (between Fell and Oak) in Hayes Valley. We are 2 blocks north of the intersection of Gough and Market Streets, and 2 blocks from Davies Symphony Hall and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. We are also easily accessible from the Mission District. The Civic Center BART station is a 7-minute walk from our clinic.

Petaluma Clinic
We are located in downtown Petaluma at 115 Liberty Street, Suite 8 (between Washington and Western).


How do I schedule an appointment?
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New patients and all Petaluma clients please call MAP founder Amy Hanks MS, LAc at (415)846-4643. We’ll briefly discuss the condition you are seeking treatment for, as well as whether you prefer community or private appointments.

Returning San Francisco clients can schedule online.


Who is the acupuncturist behind MAP?
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MAP is operated by its founder, Licensed Acupuncturist Amy Hanks, MS, LAc. Amy is from a family of three generations actively involved in music, ranging from Western classical to swing, jazz and world music. As an adult she has studied koto (Japanese zither) and North Indian classical vocal music. An early fascination with Chinese medicine led Amy to Asia for two years in her late teens. She studied Chinese at the Mandarin Training Center, National Taiwan Normal University and received her undergraduate degree in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley. She apprenticed with the late Beijing/Bay Area acupuncturist George Zhenjing Zhao, and received her 4-year Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine degree from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2000.

She has been licensed and practicing acupuncture in Hayes Valley since 2000, serving both Mandarin- and English-speaking clientele. Amy established the Musicians’ Acupuncture Project Community Clinic in 2007 in order to make her services more accessible to musicians of many income levels.


How is MAP funded?
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MAP is a privately run organization and operates solely on payments for treatments provided. Though not tax-deductible, donations are greatly appreciated. Checks can be made out to “Musicians’ Acupuncture Project” and mailed to 211 Gough Street, Suite 204, San Francisco, CA 94102.

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