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Doctor Sarah Bentolila taking a patient's pulse

What to expect during a visit at taproot acupuncture & herbs

Check your insurance

We accept most PPO plans.

Check your coverage for free here.

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Book your first appointment
online or phone

Once you know what your coverage is, you can call us to book your first 90 min appointment. Or you can chose to opt for a Quickie only!

(626) 841 - 2991

Initial visit

After a detailed intake and a thorough exam, enjoy your first acupuncture treatment. See below for a detailed description of your initial visit.

Book your follow-up appointments


After your first treatment, you will be able to book online on our website, or by phone.

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How to prepare for your first visit

  •  If you choose to go through insurance, please check with us here before booking your treatment. 

  • You will be sent an email with new patient documents to sign as well as a detailed intake form to fill out online.

  • Arrive early

  • Bring any copies of tests, lab results or other documents that may be relevant to the condition for which you are seeking treatment. 

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Before your treatment

  • Always arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.

  • Eat a substantial easy-to-digest meal or snack before every acupuncture session.

  • Wear loose-fitting clothing.

  • Avoid caffeine before treatments.

  • Tipping is not expected or encouraged.


Initial acupuncture

consultation & treatment

Your first acupuncture appointment will typically last about 90 minutes. You will be asked to complete the New Patient Forms and Sign Documents before your first session.

We begin with an in-depth conversation about your health history, reasons for visit, lifestyle, and goals for treatment. This conversation is an important part of the diagnostic process and allows us to get to know you and understand how best to address your health concerns. We can then recommend a course of treatment specifically tailored to your priorities.

After the diagnostic process, it is time for treatment. (click here to see our modalities). Once acupuncture needles have been placed into appropriate points in your body, we will usually leave you to relax under an infrared heat lamp in your serene treatment room for up to 20 minutes while you listen to your choice of music. This period allows the needles enough time to influence your body’s Qi. Most people look forward to this opportunity to relax and most even nap.

Follow up acupuncture treatment

Most follow-up acupuncture visits last one hour.

Each follow-up visit also begins with a conversation and thorough physical examination that includes tongue observation, pulse reading, and abdominal and trigger points palpation.


We will focus on tracking your progress, identifying changes in your condition, as well as addressing any new concerns.

Your individual needs will determine how often, and for how long, you will need to receive treatment (generally once, occasionally twice a week). As your condition improves and your symptoms are alleviated, the frequency of your treatments may be slowly reduced – to every other week, monthly, or even seasonally.

Acupuncture Quickies

Acupuncture Quickies are shorter and more streamlined treatments that address general well being concerns, for those who only have a short time in their day.


Immune booster is a 30 minute Quickie that improves your body's own healing power. Let the few needles work for you to increase your natural defenses and energy levels. Just rest and enjoy a dim sunrise light, our blend of anti-viral essential oils and quiet music.

Destress Acu-nap is a 30 minute Quickie for relaxing and rebooting the nervous system. Less than 10 needles are used  to regulate stress levels and help you step away from "fight or flight mode" by activating the para-sympathetic nervous system, or "rest and digest mode". Snooze while listening to nature sounds and wind chimes in a soft blue light.