Initial visits generally last 90 minutes. I will take a detailed health history, perform a physical exam, and provide you with your unique treatment plan.
During your first exam, I will spend time getting to know you and your health concerns. You may be asked a wide range of questions about your symptoms, eating, exercise, sleep habits, emotional states, and anything else that may offer insight into your health.
Diagnostic tools are also employed that are unique to acupuncture and Chinese medicine, such as tongue and pulse diagnosis.
Your treatment plan
Once the information has been gathered, you’ll receive a comprehensive diagnosis and we will discuss a treatment plan that will explain:
- Your underlying imbalances
- Your time line of care
- What types of treatment you will receive
Getting the most out of treatment
For the best treatment results, keep a few things in mind:
- Please show up on time
- Eat prior, but don’t eat a large meal before your visit
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing
- Be sure to bring any questions or concerns with you to discuss at the visit
- Refrain from overexertion, drugs or alcohol for at least six hours before and after treatment
- Drink plenty of water for at least 2 hours after each treatment
- Follow your treatment plan between visits
- Keep all of your appointments, as each visit builds upon the previous ones
How treatment works
Treating Qi (energy) imbalances: fine, sterile needles will be inserted at specific acupuncture points along the meridian pathways. Based on your unique issues and symptoms, acupuncture points are chosen related to specific organ systems and areas of the body.
Other related therapies may be included in your treatment plan, such as cupping, Gwa Sha, or moxabustion. Herbal remedies are another important aspect of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and it is important to understand and follow directions in order to get the most benefit from these treatments.
Your role in the healing process
Your actions are a key component of your treatment plan. Focusing on your health and committing to a healthy lifestyle are the best steps you can take for your well-being. Together, we can heal your imbalances and help you achieve harmony and balance.
Even after your symptoms are resolved, acupuncture can assist you in maintaining your health, and possibly prevent future imbalances. The more you incorporate acupuncture and Chinese medicine into your life, the more you’ll learn to nurture your body, mind, and spirit.
Acupuncture is not an instant fix.
True healing takes time and dedication. Depending on your current health and symptoms, you could feel better right away, or you may need treatments for weeks, months or years to achieve the results you want. After taking your health history and conducting the exam, I can give you an idea of what to expect. With a little patience and an open mind, you’ll be on your way to health and vitality.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine offer a safe and effective holistic health care system. This natural approach can both resolve symptoms and enhance your overall health.
By taking the right steps and planting the seeds of health, you are on the road to a healthier you!