Your First Visit

  • Examination according to TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Western Medicine
  • Analysis of your body imbalances according to TCM and Western Medicine
  • Treatment plan developed
  • The start of care if recommended.

To save you time on your first visit, after we set you up with a consultation, we will send you intake forms for you to fill out prior to your appointment.  

As with most health practitioners, the first visit usually begins with the practitioner taking a detailed history. Since traditional Chinese medicine takes a holistic approach to patient care, you may be asked questions that appear unimportant (questions about your sleep habits, your ability to tolerate heat or cold, your dietary habits, etc.) and are vital to the type of care you will receive.

After reviewing your history, the practitioner will begin diagnosing your ailment. Depending on your condition, the practitioner may examine your tongue and pulse,­ a great diagnostic tool in traditional Chinese medicine.

Using all of the information obtained during the history and diagnosis, the practitioner will then determine the cause of your symptoms. If the practitioner feels that she may be able to help you, she will create a treatment plan specific to you.  Unless the practitioner suggests another route, you will likely start treatment that day.

Depending on the seriousness of, and how long you have had your condition, it may take several visits to see significant improvement or cure your condition. As with any treatment plan, make sure that your questions are answered completely, and that the treatment plan seems viable and reasonable. If you don't understand a particular technique or type of treatment, be sure to ask. 

Depending on the condition, needles will be inserted into specific acupuncture points on the body. The acupuncturist may use electrical stimulation, moxa, infrared heat, or other therapies to enhance the acupuncture's therapeutic effect.

Tips to maximize your comfort and benefits:

  • Eat a snack or light meal prior to your appointment
  • Avoid caffeine prior to your treatment -you will likely fall asleep.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You will be more comfortable if your clothing can be easily rolled up to your elbows and knees to reach some common acupoints.

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