Western Medicine is amazing! I am in awe of what MDs are able to achieve with cutting edge technology and medication. Similarly, I have found the majority of MDs to be open to the benefits of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (especially in SF). Often, acupuncture and Western Medicine can combine to create great effects for patients! If you are receiving multiple therapeutic modalities, the best practice is to make sure that each practitioner is aware of the other treatments. For example, if you’re taking medication to help you sleep, I don’t want to also give you herbs to help with sleep – because the effects will compound and you’ll end up feeling groggy and slow throughout your day. If it’s something that you’re interested in, I am happy to communicate directly with your treating physician to make sure that we are on the same page about moving you towards health.