First Visit

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

blobInitial visits generally last from 90 to 120 minutes.  I will take a detailed health history and perform a physical exam including pulse and tongue diagnosis.  I will spend time getting to know you and your health concerns. You will likely be asked a wide range of questions about your symptoms, eating, exercise, sleep habits, emotional states and anything that may offer insight into your health.

Your treatment plan

Once I have gathered enough information and once we see how you respond to acupuncture, 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 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
  • Don’t eat a large meal before your visit
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothes
  • Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns with me
  • Refrain from overexertion, drugs or alcohol for at least six hours after treatment
  • Follow your treatment plan between visits
  • 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. I will concentrate on acupuncture points related to specific organs, based on your unique issues and symptoms.

I may include other related therapies in your treatment plan, such as cupping, Gua Sha or moxibustion. Herbal remedies are another important aspect of Chinese Medicine, and we will discuss their utility in your treatment, as necessary.

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.  The goal is to work together to correct your imbalances and help you achieve harmony and balance.

Even after your symptoms are resolved, acupuncture and other interventions can assist you in maintaining your health, and possibly prevent future imbalances. The more you incorporate Chinese Medicine, the more you’ll learn to nurture your body, mind and spirit and take charge of your own health care.

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.  My priority is open, clear communication about what you can expect.