Acupuncture - FAQ

What is acupuncture?

textAcupuncture promotes natural healing and improves body function. This is done by inserting hair-thin needles into the body at precise locations that are effective in the treatment of specific health problems. The treatment is often supplemented by applying heat or electrical stimulation. For more information about acupuncture and what conditions can be treated, please click here.


Do I need to be a Kaiser Permanente member to receive acupuncture treatment?

The Kaiser Permanente Center for Complementary Medicine is open to everyone. You do not have to be a Kaiser Permanente member to come to our facilities and receive chiropractic or acupuncture treatment. Whether you are a member or nonmember, you will receive the same high-quality care.


Do I need a referral from my primary care physician?

No. You may contact the Center for Complementary Medicine directly to learn more about the services provided or to book an appointment.


What will my first acupuncture treatment be like?

During the first session, your acupuncture provider will talk with you about your medical condition, health history, and lifestyle, and design a treatment plan to meet your specific needs. If you are a Kaiser Permanente member, your primary care provider will be notified that you have come in for acupuncture treatment so that he or she can work with your acupuncture practitioner.


How many treatments will I need?

Your provider will discuss your condition with you and recommend a treatment plan.


How to schedule an appointment

To make an appointment, please call 844-800-0788.