Michelle Bullard, MS, LAc

Berkeley Acupuncture

Frequently Asked Questions

How does acupuncture work?


Acupuncture is based on the Chinese medicine concept of Qi, pronounced chee. Qi is energy that flows along distinct pathways in the body, similar to the pathways of the nerves and blood vessels. Acupuncture involves the insertion of hair thin needles into specific points on these pathways to harmonize the flow of Qi in the body. When our Qi is plentiful and in balance we feel our best.

What type of conditions do you treat?


Please see the Benefits page of this website for a list of commonly treated conditions. This list is not exclusive, as acupuncture can be helpful for so many conditions. Please call the office at (510) 845-8282 if you would like to discuss how acupuncture may benefit you.

How many acupuncture sessions will I need?


Acupuncture works with a series of treatments, as the effectiveness of each session builds upon the previous ones. After taking a detailed medical history and giving you an evaluation, Michelle will let you know how many sessions she believes you will need to address your health concerns.

What type of acupuncture do you practice?


Michelle uses the theories of traditional Chinese medicine. Her style of acupuncture is a combination of the Japanese and Chinese. Her technique is gentle and clients relax during their acupuncture treatments and many fall asleep.

What type of acupuncture needles do you use?


Michelle uses FDA approved, single use, disposable needles.

Do you take insurance?


Yes, Michelle takes insurance and is a provider on many insurance plans. Please call the office for more information. (510) 845-8282

Can I use my Health Savings Account/ HSA for acupuncture?


Many of Michelle's clients use their Health Savings Accounts for acupuncture. She provides these clients with a receipt that may be submitted to take advantage of this benefit.