Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, sterile, single-use needles into specific points on the body. When acupuncture points are needled they have a regulating effect on the body, working to restore balance to the patien’s system. Acupuncture also releases endorphins, which act as natural pain-relievers and produce a general feeling of well-being. Many patients report profound relaxation during the acupuncture treatment, which often lasts for hours and sometimes days. Acupuncture is virtually painless, but a slight sensation from the needle is essential for a successful treatment. A typical acupuncture session lasts about one hour, while the initial visit is up to 90 minutes.
Following her degree in History at Lewis & Clark College, Angela Rosen studied at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco where she earned her Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2005. She credits her apprenticeship with Robert Levine, an exceptional healer, during this time for opening her eyes to the depths and subtleties of this medical art.
Needing to satisfy her sense of adventure and desire to treat a wide variety of people, Angela spent the next four years providing acupuncture treatments and herbal medicine prescriptions on cruise ships. Not only was this an excellent opportunity to travel, it afforded her the opportunity to introduce hundreds of different people, literally from all over the world, to the power of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Licensed in California, she has been practicing in the Bay Area since 2010.
Acupuncture at Contra Costa Oncology
Acupuncture treatments will focus on alleviating side effects from cancer treatment. Conditions commonly treated include nausea, vomiting, pain, fatigue, depressed immune system, peripheral neuropathy, insomnia, anxiety, dry mouth, hot flashes, digestive complaints, and more.
Acupuncture treatment is recommended one to two times per week in conjunction with chemotherapy, radiation, and/or biological therapy to reduce side effects. A course of treatment is also recommended after cancer therapy has ended. Acupuncture aimed at relieving post-operative pain should optimally begin within one to two weeks of the surgery. Individuals who have finished their cancer treatment can still obtain relief from any persisting side effects through acupuncture.
Acupuncture treatment is often covered by insurance. Most insurance companies cover a portion of the acupuncture treatment, while some offer 80-100% coverage. Contact your insurance provider to see if acupuncture is included in your benefits. All payment is due at the time of service, and a medical receipt will be provided for the patient to submit to their insurance company for reimbursement.