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Santa Cruz Clinic

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Welcome to the Five Branches University Santa Cruz Clinic. We have been providing Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and integrative healthcare to the Santa Cruz community since 1984. Our mission is to work closely with patients to promote health and prevent disease. Here are the reasons you may choose the Santa Cruz Clinic as your primary healthcare provider:

Our practitioners take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns.

Quality Health Services

Our clinic provides the highest quality Traditional Chinese Medicine and integrative healthcare to patients of all ages, from infants to elders.

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Natural Healthcare

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a comprehensive natural healthcare system that has been used successfully in Asia for centuries. Our TCM practitioners work with you to prevent illness, preserve health, and effectively treat the majority of your healthcare needs. We offer the following TCM services:

  • Acupuncture
  • Herbal Prescriptions
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Medical Qigong
  • Dietary Consultation

Integrative Medicine

Our TCM practitioners work with M.D.’s and other medical professionals to help you achieve the best results.

Affordable Healthcare

Our clinic is a teaching facility for the University as well as a provider of quality healthcare for the Santa Cruz community. Patients can make private appointments with a practitioner or can receive patient care in our teaching clinic at a reduced rate. Please refer to Insurance and Rates for more information.

Highly Trained Specialists

Many of our practitioners were educated and trained at prestigious TCM colleges and hospitals in China and have over 30 years of clinical experience. All of our practitioners are licensed and trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Our areas of medical expertise include:

Cardiology
Dermatology
Ear, Nose & Throat
Endocrinology
Facial Rejuvenation
Gastrointestinal
Immune Deficiency
Men’s Health
Mental & Emotional Health
Neurology
Oncology
Pain Management & Orthopedics
Pediatrics
Stroke Rehabilitation
Women’s Health

Contact Us

Five Branches University Clinic- Santa Cruz
200 7th Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Email: clinic@fivebranches.edu

To make an appointment call:
831-476-8211

We are open Monday through Friday:
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
(Please call to inquire about additional evening hours)

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New Patient Information

Welcome to the Five Branches University Santa Cruz Clinic. As a new patient, your first appointment will take approximately 60 to 90 minutes. This will ensure that your practitioner will have enough time to listen to your concerns, fully assess your health, and allow you to experience a thorough and complete treatment.

Prior to your appointment

  • Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing, or bring a change of clothes that will allow access to your arms and lower legs.
  • Please eat a snack or a light meal at least one hour prior to your treatment. It is best to not have an empty or full stomach.
  • Download the new patient forms now, or fill them in at the clinic when you arrive for your appointment. Please allow an additional 15 minutes to complete the forms.
  • Payment in the form of cash, check or credit card is expected at the time services are rendered. For information on Insurance coverage please refer to: Insurance and Rates.
  • Free parking is available. To get directions to our clinic please refer to: Map and Directions.

New Patient Intake Form (English)
New Patient Intake Form (Spanish)

During Your Treatment

Your practitioner will review the information you have provided on your new patient intake forms and ask questions about your health and concerns. They may examine your tongue, feel your pulse in both wrists, and perform other diagnostic methods. If you are taking any medication or herbs, be sure to list them on your intake form. A complete diagnostic process allows your practitioner to provide the most effective traditional Chinese medicine treatment to address your health condition.

After the initial diagnosis, you will be asked to remove your socks and shoes and lie down. After swabbing the acupuncture point sites with alcohol, your practitioner will insert very thin, sterile, single use disposable needles. Although some points are more sensitive than others, usually you will feel little or no sensation or discomfort. An infrared heat lamp will keep you warm during your treatment.

Acupuncture needles may be left in for 15 -35 minutes. During this time, the practitioner may check on you once or twice. Most people find the treatment very relaxing and many meditate or sleep. Should you experience any discomfort, be sure to tell your practitioner right away and adjustments will be made. A call-bell is available so you can contact your practitioner at any time.

Towards the end of your treatment, acupuncture needles will be removed. Your practitioner will propose a continued treatment plan which may include, additional acupuncture treatments, herbal remedies, and dietary and exercise recommendations. If an herbal prescription is recommended you will receive instructions on how to prepare and take the herbs. It is highly recommended that you follow the treatment plan to maximize your results. Please feel free to address any questions or concerns you may have prior to the end of your appointment.

After Your Treatment

  • Plan to relax and rest after your treatment.
  • Some people feel a little light headed after receiving an acupuncture treatment. If necessary, please sit for a while in the waiting room. In a few minutes you will feel relaxed and clear headed.
  • Herbal prescriptions are intended only for the person for whom they are prescribed. Do not give herbal formulas to anyone else.
  • Very rarely, following an acupuncture treatment, symptoms may become worse for a short time. This is often a sign that previously dormant conditions are being awakened so that healing may occur. This should pass quickly. If you have any questions or concerns at anytime, please contact the clinic.

We look forward to serving you!


Insurance and Rates

Insurance and Rates Santa CruzThe Santa Cruz clinic is a University teaching facility and a provider of quality healthcare for the Santa Cruz and Bay Area community. Patients may make private appointments with a practitioner or receive patient care in our teaching clinic at a reduced rate.

We accept cash, checks, and credit cards for payment and offer the following discounts to individuals who pay in full at time of treatment:

10% discount for seniors (65+)
10% discount for college students (please bring ID)
$10 discount for eligible Medi-Cal patients (please bring ID)

Insurance

We accept Private Insurance (PPO plans), Worker’s Compensation, and Personal Injury Insurance.
Insurance rates include a $10 insurance processing fee for each individual visit billed. Please download the Insurance Verification Form below or you may request one from clinic staff when you arrive for your appointment. If you prefer to bill your own insurance, we can provide a statement for you.

Insurance Verification Form

You may also use your health care flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA) for acupuncture treatments. We provide statements for FSA and HSA reimbursements upon request.

Medi-Cal is available for Central Coast Alliance members only. Medi-Cal is accepted for Intern and Intern Rounds appointments for eligible patients under 21 and for qualifying pre-natal care.

Cancellation Policy

No fee will be charged if 24 hours notice is given, otherwise you may be charged a $20 cancellation fee.

 

Private Clinic Rates

We offer private appointments with our licensed Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners and massage therapists. Rates are based on a practitioner’s experience of minimum five years to 40 years.

     Rate
Private Practitioner $75
Combo with Massage $85
Intermediate Private Practitioner $65
Combo with Massage $75
Resident Private Practitioner $55
Combo with Massage $65
Massage 1/2 Hour $45
Massage 1 Hour $75
Reflexology 1 Hour $55
Facial Acupuncture $80
Herbal Consultation $45

 

Teaching Clinic Rates

Teaching clinic appointments are provided by highly skilled faculty supervisors or student interns under the direct supervision of a faculty supervisor.

   Rate
Faculty in Rounds
A treatment by a faculty practitioner with up to five students observing
$45
Faculty in Theater
A treatment by a faculty practitioner with up to 20 students observing
$35
Intern Rounds
A treatment by intern assistants, with up to five students observing, under the direct supervision of a faculty practitioner
$30
Senior Intern
A treatment by a senior intern consulting with a faculty practitioner
$30
Tuina Massage Intern Rounds
A Tuina massage by intern assistants in a small group setting, supervised by a faculty practitioner
$30

 

*Massage, Facial Acupuncture, and Weight Management Acupuncture are rarely covered by insurance. If you wish to have us bill your insurance for these modalities, please have this specifically cleared by your insurance company in advance.


Map and Directions

The Five Branches University Santa Cruz Clinic is conveniently located one block from Twin Lakes beach and two blocks from the Santa Cruz harbor. We offer free off-street parking.

 

Santa Cruz Clinic Holiday Hours

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Dec. 17th

10 am – 6 pm

Dec 18th

10 am – 5 pm

Dec. 19th

10 am – 6 pm

Dec. 20th

10 am – 5 pm

Dec. 21st

10 am – 5 pm

Dec. 22nd

10 am – 3 pm

Dec. 24th

CLOSED

Dec. 25th

CLOSED

Dec. 26th

CLOSED

Dec. 27th

10 am – 5 pm

Dec. 28th

10 am – 5 pm

Dec. 29th

10 am – 3 pm

Dec. 31st

CLOSED

Jan 1st

CLOSED

Jan. 2nd

10 am – 6 pm

Jan. 3rd

10 am – 5 pm

Jan. 4th

10 am – 5 pm

Jan. 5th

10 am – 3 pm

We are located at:

Five Branches University Clinic- Santa Cruz

200 7th Avenue

Santa Cruz, CA 95062

831-476-8211

Email: clinic@fivebranches.edu

We are open Monday through Saturday:

Mon-Thurs 9:00am-7:30pm

Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

Saturday 9:00am-4:30pm

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Driving Directions

From Hwy 17 Southbound (From Scotts Valley, San Jose)

Ocean St. (South, toward the ocean)

1.2 miles, Left on East Cliff Dr. (becomes Murray St, then becomes Eaton St)

1 mile, Right on 7th Ave (South, toward the ocean)

3 blocks, to corner of Bonnie St.

From Hwy 1 Northbound (From Watsonville, Monterey)

Soquel Ave Exit

Left on Soquel Drive

Left on 7th Ave (South, toward the ocean)

1.5 miles to corner of Bonnie St.

From Hwy 1 Southbound (From Hwy 17)

Soquel Ave Exit

Veer Right on Soquel Ave (extension), immediate Left on Soquel Ave

Left on 7th Ave (South, toward the ocean)

1.5 miles to corner of Bonnie St.

Bus Route

Santa Cruz Metro Line #68 “Live Oak via Broadway/Portola”


FAQs

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a comprehensive natural healthcare system that has been used successfully in Asia for centuries. TCM practitioners use acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Tuina massage, Medical Qigong, and nutrition to treat the root cause of symptoms, prevent illness and preserve health.

TCM practitioners use a sophisticated and complex system of diagnostic methods to discern patterns of imbalance and determine the underlying cause of symptoms. Practitioners may recommend integrative medicine and work with M.D.’s and other healthcare practitioners, with the objective to improve and extend a patients quality of life.

Effectiveness, affordability, and lack of adverse side effects are three primary reasons why TCM is currently one of America’s fastest growing choices for primary healthcare.

What is the philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Underlying the practice of TCM is a unique view of the world and the human body. In this view, the human body is regarded as a microcosm of the Universe interconnected with nature and subject to its forces.

TCM practitioners believe that we live in a universe in which everything is interconnected. The mind and body are not viewed separately but as part of a complete energetic system. Health and disease relates to the balance of this system.

There are over 360 acupuncture points on the human body, connected by 20 pathways called meridians. Central to the understanding of TCM is the concept of a vital life energy force called Qi that circulates throughout the body along the meridians. TCM philosophy states that health is the ongoing process of maintaining balance and harmony through the circulation of Qi. As long as Qi flows freely, health is maintained. When the flow of Qi is inhibited due to stress, lifestyle or other imbalances, health is disrupted and pain and illness can occur. TCM restores the balance of Qi throughout the body.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the primary forms of treatment in traditional Chinese medicine and is one of the oldest healing practices in the world. It involves the stimulation of points on the body using very fine needles to correct imbalances in the flow of qi through channels in the body called meridians. It is used to treat a wide variety of conditions, to reduce pain, provide immune enhancement, and promote overall good health.

TCM practitioners apply in-depth TCM diagnostic techniques to determine the specific combination of acupuncture points required to address potential patterns of disharmony that may cause disease. Our health centers use only sterile, single-use disposable acupuncture needles.

Does acupuncture hurt?

While each individual experiences acupuncture differently, the majority of patients feel little to no discomfort when acupuncture needles are inserted on the skin. After treatment, many patients feel relaxed and refreshed.

Is acupuncture safe?

When practiced by a licensed, trained acupuncturist, acupuncture is extremely safe.

What is Chinese herbal medicine?

Over a period of 5000 years, the Chinese perfected a herbal medicine system recognizing the profound and powerful healing nature of herbs. This brilliant and accurate diagnostic system of traditional Chinese medicine allows a practitioner to diagnose the underlying cause of illness. For example, lower back pain is caused by cold in the meridians, so practitioners will prescribe an herbal formula that warms the body, removing the root cause of the symptom.

The most common method of taking Chinese herbal medicine is as a decoction or tea. Herbs are cooked at a low boil for an hour or more and strained. Other forms of herbal medicines include herbal pills, tinctures and powdered extracts. There are hundreds of formulas called patent remedies that are carefully crafted to address an individual’s primary symptoms as well as their pattern diagnosis.

What is Tuina massage?

Tuina is a medical massage based on the principles of Chinese medicine, providing benefits to patients without the use of needles. Tuina massage utilizes acupressure, stretching, and gentle manipulation, with emphasis on the meridians and acupuncture points, to restore balance and harmony in the human body. It is both a treatment as well as a preventative modality.

For children, Tuina is the primary means of treating illness in Chinese medicine, offering a gentle, nurturing method to positively influence their health and development.

What is Medical Qigong?

Your one-hour medical qigong session begins with a brief interview about your health condition and intention for coming. A Medical Qigong treatment lasts about 25-35 minutes and includes an energetic assessment as well as a pulse and tongue diagnosis.

Using energetic perception and listening skills, a Medical Qigong practitioner senses disturbances or areas of weakness in the body, all of which provide information about your energetic state. Using various energetic techniques, the practitioner purges areas of excess or stagnation, strengthens areas of weakness and deficiency, and completes the session by regulating your energetic matrix. In a sense, the practitioner does qigong for you, initiating patterns of health and well being that you can continue to nurture with qigong exercises that may be prescribed specific to your condition.

Medical qigong addresses the body, mind, and spirit, and therefore can be used for a wide variety of conditions. Qigong works well as a stand-alone modality or in conjunction with Eastern and Western medical practice.

What can I expect on my first visit?

Your first visit will begin with your TCM practitioner taking a detailed health history. Traditional Chinese medicine follows a more holistic approach to patient care so you may be asked questions about your sleep habits, ability to tolerate heat or cold, dietary habits, etc.

After reviewing your health history, the practitioner will begin the process to diagnose your imbalance. The diagnostic process includes a tongue and pulse diagnosis, a technique common in traditional Chinese medicine.

Using all of the information obtained in your health history and during diagnosis, your TCM practitioner will identify the root cause of your symptoms. Depending on your condition, your practitioner will determine the best course of action; acupuncture, an herbal prescription, massage, qigong or another form of treatment. Your first visit will last up to 60 minutes.


Contact Us

sc clinicFive Branches University Clinic-Santa Cruz

200 7th Avenue

Santa Cruz, CA 95062

831-476-8211

Email: clinic@fivebranches.edu

 

Santa Cruz Clinic Holiday Hours

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Dec. 17th

10 am – 6 pm

Dec 18th

10 am – 5 pm

Dec. 19th

10 am – 6 pm

Dec. 20th

10 am – 5 pm

Dec. 21st

10 am – 5 pm

Dec. 22nd

10 am – 3 pm

Dec. 24th

CLOSED

Dec. 25th

CLOSED

Dec. 26th

CLOSED

Dec. 27th

10 am – 5 pm

Dec. 28th

10 am – 5 pm

Dec. 29th

10 am – 3 pm

Dec. 31st

CLOSED

Jan 1st

CLOSED

Jan. 2nd

10 am – 6 pm

Jan. 3rd

10 am – 5 pm

Jan. 4th

10 am – 5 pm

Jan. 5th

10 am – 3 pm

 

We can be reached Monday through Saturday:

Mon-Thurs 9:00am-7:30pm

Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

Saturday 9:00am-4:30pm