Excellent communication is a high priority. All questions are welcome, and you can always expect a timely and complete response. During your treatments, every effort is made to explain what is being done and why. Always feel free to ask if you need more information. After most initial visits (unless you don’t email), you will receive an email with a recap of any findings or recommendations. Throughout your care, relevant handouts, links, and/or referrals will be emailed as needed, based any discussions about your care during your visits.
What does acupuncture treat? Acupuncture is known for its success in treating pain, but many don’t realize it is just as effective in treating digestive, hormonal, immune, skin, metabolic, and mood disorders. From indigestion, to PMS or menopausal symptoms, to frequent colds, to eczema, to thyroid imbalances, to insomnia, or anxiety and depression, acupuncture is a safe and effective approach to getting to the root of these health issues, and can be used safely in conjunction with prescription drugs when necessary.
Does acupuncture hurt? Acupuncture is a painless and relaxing treatment method that has stood the test of time in China, and has been growing steadily in popularity in the US since the 1970’s.
What should I expect my first visit?
Prepare to feel relaxed during your treatment! Regardless of how you feel about needles, acupuncture is deeply relaxing for most people. Many patients fall into a deep slumber and can’t wait for their next “acu-nap.” Treatments last approximately 30 minutes. Prior to the acupuncture treatment, I will interview you for 30 to 60 minutes about your health history and current concerns, as well as use diagnostic methods to determine your Chinese medical diagnosis. You will receive a treatment plan either in person or via email following your appointment. The initial visit takes about 90 minutes. Follow-up appointments take about 60 minutes.
What if I am afraid of needles?
If you are extremely afraid of needles, a consultation and herbal prescription without acupuncture is always an option. (The fee is the same.) If you are afraid of needles but want to try acupuncture, I use effective techniques to neutralize phobias so you can enjoy your treatment and fully relax. I also communicate every step, going at your pace, and adjusting to your needs as we go.
How many needles are used?
Anywhere from 5 to 12. Sometimes more in exceptional situations.
Where are the needles placed?
Commonly the arms, legs, abdomen, back, forehead, and/or scalp. Adjustments can always be made depending on a person’s preferences.
Welcome to one of downtown Berkeley’s more frequented Chinese medicine practices, where Abigail Surasky, L.Ac., blends 25 years of experience, with a rigorous clinical analysis of your health issues, and a caring and responsive hands-on style.
The office, a comfortable and professional space with Asian decor, is centrally located between the Ashby and Downtown Berkeley BART stations. There are bathroom facilities inside the suite, drinking water, music, and heat lamps for your feet. There is also an elevator in addition to stairs to access the second floor.