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    Abigail Surasky, L.Ac.

    I blend over 30 years of experience with a rigorous clinical analysis of your health issues, and a caring and responsive hands-on style.

  • CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 2000

    To my patients:

    The office re-opened the week of June 15! Woohoo.

     

    Established patients may now schedule acupuncture!

     

    NEW SERVICES:

    1. Telehealth - General herbs/medical. COVID treatment.

    2. Telecoaching - General stress reduction/lifestyle. COVID prevention.

    3. Acupuncture - For established patients.

     

    New patients:

    Due to current restrictions, there will be a delay in scheduling new patients for face-to-face.

    Options: You may schedule Telehealth, or waitlist for acupuncture. Contact me at abigailsurasky@gmail.com

     

    Thank you so very much for your patience!

     

    In health,

    Abigail

     

    IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFO FOR ACUPUNCTURE PATIENTS:
    1. Please text a photo of your tongue the day of your appointment. 510-845-8017.
    2. Please stay home (fee waived) if you have: fever, dry cough, runny nose, sore throat, achiness, sudden fatigue, loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath, sudden diarrhea, nausea/vomiting.
    3. Please come alone.
    4. Face covering must be worn entire time. No masks with valves (they protect you, not others).
    5. Text when you arrive. I will text you when to enter.
    6. I will meet you outside to rule out COVID-19 symptoms and take temperature with touchless thermometer.
    7. Entry: Optional alcohol pad to wipe down your cell phone.
    8. Upon entry, wash hands in restroom. You can then use facilities if needed.
    9. No checkbooks please. We are using touchless and secure payments with online credit card system.

    Thank you!

     

  • WELCOME!

    SPECIALTIES

    I specialize in women's health, men's health, pediatrics, and adolescent health, as well as chronic viral issues, autoimmune disorders, adjunct cancer care, chronic stress, digestive issues, mood disorders, and most types of pain, including headaches.

     

    ACUPUNCTURE and HERBS

    Schedule above.

    Scroll down for more info.

     

    TELEHEALTH

    Email abigailsurasky@gmail.com

    Initial Session - $150. 60 minute telemedicine consult and assessment for herbal prescriptions and/or lifestyle recommendations. May include COVID prevention if needed.

    Follow-Up Session - $90. 30-minute telemedicine consult and assessment for herbal prescriptions and/or lifestyle recommendations. COVID care if needed.

     

    TELECOACHING

    Email abigailsurasky@gmail.com

    Reduce stress, find balance, improve relationships. May include COVID prevention consulting.

     

    APPROACH

    I utilize acupuncture and herbs, as well as diet, lifestyle, and supplements as appropriate. I primarily use a Japanese acupuncture style called Kiiko Matsumoto Style (KMS) which is extremely gentle and relaxing, and gives instant feedback. Other techniques used include Master Tong points, Master Tan Balance Method, and traditional Chinese style, including cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, and electro-stimulation.

     

    BACKGROUND

    After graduating from Five Branches Institute of Chinese Medicine in Santa Cruz, CA (three years: 1720 hours) I was licensed in 1988. The pass rate for the California Acupuncture Licensing Exam was 26%, requiring proficiency in both acupuncture and herbs. After living in Asia for three years, including Taiwan and mainland China, I took a position as Clinical Supervisor at Quan Yin Healing Arts Center in San Francisco from 1991 to 1996, specializing in HIV/AIDS, chronic hepatitis B and C, and women’s health. In 1995, I launched my private practice in Berkeley specializing in pain, digestion, gynecology, fertility, obstetrics, and more. After working as copy editor of the California Journal of Oriental Medicine, I taught Mandarin, Counseling and Communication, and advanced seminars at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley (AIMC) from 2006 to 2011.

  • OFFICE INFORMATION

    My office has moved to:

    330 41st St near Broadway in Temescal, Oakland.

    New COVID-19 hours are:

    Tuesdays 10am-6pm;

    Thursdays 2pm - 6pm.

     

    PARKING

    There is metered parking out front on 41st, with two-hour parking in the neighborhood. There is almost always parking available.

     

    PAYMENT

    Forms of payment accepted: credit cards (except Discover), debit cards, HRA/HSA cards.

     

    COST

    Initial appointment (90 minutes): $150 out-of-pocket (no insurance)

    Follow-up appointments (60 minutes): $90 out-of-pocket (no insurance)

    Insurance: copays vary.

    *If you have not been in for over a year, please schedule an initial appointment.

     

    CANCELLATION POLICY

    A 24-hour cancellation policy applies.

     

    INSURANCE

    Most major insurance policies covering acupuncture are accepted, including Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Sutter Select, United Healthcare, SHIP, Healthnet, Kaiser employees HealthPlan Services, Work Comp, Pixar's Cigna plan, etc. In-office billing is done for you. If you are not sure about your coverage, please contact your insurance company, or email me before scheduling so we can discuss your situation. Please be sure to contact me before you schedule if you have ASH, CIGNA (not with Pixar), Blue Cross, Blue Shield, or LANDMARK.

     

    WHAT TO WEAR / EAT?

    Please wear loose clothing. Please eat something (snacks count!) within three hours before your acupuncture appointment.

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    From South Philly to China to Berkeley

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  • LEARN MORE ABOUT MY SPECIALTIES

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    • Women's Health • Complex Cases • Pain

    • Stress • Pregnancy • Fertility

  • BENEFITS OF CHINESE MEDICINE

    Q&A

    How does acupuncture work?

    Energy (Chi or Qi “chee”) runs through the body along pathways called meridians. Each meridian is connected to an organ and is named after that organ: the Lung meridian, Heart meridian, etc. Each meridian has points where qi tends to collect at varying intensities … a bit like towns and cities (points) on a highway (meridian). When qi gets blocked (like a traffic jam), there will be pain or other problems. When qi is insufficient (like a deserted town), the system is weak and tired. Acupuncture regulates the flow of qi throughout the body, restoring the system's innate healing potential.

    How do Chinese herbs work?

    Chinese Herbs are an excellent adjunct to acupuncture, or can be used alone for those who are afraid of needles. Where acupuncture stimulates the body’s healing potential with each treatment, Chinese herbs can extend and build on those beneficial effects throughout the time in between appointments.

    What about nutritional and lifestyle consulting?

    According to the wisdom of Chinese Medicine, acupuncture and herbs are the modalities of choice for treating an illness, but for health maintenance and prevention, one of the most effective strategies for staying healthy is to eat well, as well as getting adequate exercise and rest.

    Do you work elsewhere?

    I work only in Berkeley. Non-clinic days are devoted to admin, study, and family.

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