First Visit

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
– Lao-tzu

 

Initial visits generally last from 60 to 90 minutes.  I will take a detailed health history, perform a physical exam, and provide you with your unique treatment plan.

During your first appointment, 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 state and anything that may offer insight into your health.

I will also employ diagnostic tools that are unique to acupuncture and TCM such as tongue, pulse and ear diagnosis.

Your treatment plan

Once I have gathered enough information, you’ll receive a comprehensive diagnosis and a treatment plan that will explain:

  • Your underlying imbalances
  • Your time line of care
  • What types of treatment are recommended

Getting the most out of treatment

For the best treatment results, keep a few things in mind:

  • Please show up 15 minutes early.  Many people have trouble finding my suite, so arriving early will assure we can be thorough.
  • Don’t eat a large meal before your visit.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothes that will allow easy access to your knees and elbows.
  • Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns with me.
  • Refrain from overexertion, emotional stress, drugs or alcohol for at least six hours after treatment.
  • Follow your treatment plan between visits.  The more you do at home, the fewer times you need to come in for treatment.
  • Keep all of your appointments, as each visit builds upon the previous ones.

How treatment works

To treat any Qi imbalances, fine, sterile needles will be inserted at specific acupuncture points along the meridian pathways.  I will focus on acupuncture points related to specific meridians and organs, based on your unique issues and symptoms.

I may include other related therapies in your treatment plan, such as cupping, Gua Sha, Auricular Medicine, or the TDP lamp.  Herbal remedies are another important aspect of acupuncture and TCM, and it is important to understand and follow your practitioner’s directions, just like you would prescription medicine from the medical doctor,  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, you and I 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 TCM into your lifestyle, 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. 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, TCM, and natural 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!