Before Your Initial Visit:
Before your initial visit I will have you print and fill out a New Patient Intake Form and Practice Policies Form. If you prefer to fill it out in the office please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to save time.
Wear loose comfortable clothing to your appointment. Please refrain from brushing or scraping your tongue beforehand as it is an important diagnostic technique in Chinese medicine. Have a light snack or meal before your visit.
The initial visit lasts 90 minutes. This entails and in-depth discussion about you and your health history as well as your primary reasons for seeking treatment, assessment and diagnostic procedures, needling, and adjunctive therapies. These therapies include moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, auricular acupuncture, and tui na.
The initial visit is an opportunity for practitioner to become familiarized with the patient in order to create an individualized treatment plan. I may ask you questions that seem unrelated to your chief complaint such as digestion and sleeping patterns. It is important to review all body systems in order reveal patterns of disharmony. Although treatment may focus on your chief complaint, your whole being must be assessed in order to develop an appropriate treatment plan. I will also look at your tongue and take your pulse to provide me with more information about your state of health.
Based on all of the information gathered, a treatment plan will be developed. The acupuncture treatment will last 20-30 minutes. Chinese herbs and lifestyle recommendations may be suggested.
Follow up visits last up to 60 minutes. They consist of a brief intake to evaluate progress followed by an acupuncture treatment that will last 20-30 minutes. Treatment plans will be discussed and changed according to progress.