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Your First Visit

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

For your first visit I ask that you plan to be in the office for 60 to 90 minutes. I will have forms for you to fill out that will include a history of your primary health concern and how it is impacting on other areas of your life. A detailed health history including medications and supplements paints a holistic picture of your health state.
Your physical exam will include vital signs as well as observation, palpation of the pulses and acupressure points.

Your treatment plan

will be developed from this information.
This will address

  • Your underlying imbalances
  • Your time line of care
  • What types of treatment you will receive
  • Prior to your visit I ask that you be mindful of eating habits, thirst, sensitivity to hot, cold, wind, sleep patterns, energy levels throughout the day, dreams, mental focus, emotional states, stress level and anything that may offer insight into your health.

    Diagnostic tools that are unique to acupuncture and TCM such as tongue and pulse diagnosis indicate the health of body functions.

    Getting the most out of treatment

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

    • Please arrive on time
    • Eat a small meal prior to your visit
    • Wear loose, comfortable clothes
    • Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns with your acupuncturist
    • 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 dysfunction, fine, sterile needles are inserted at specific acupuncture points along the energy pathways. This stimulation sends a message to your brain which controls all functions through the release of chemicals. These substances travel along the nervous system and circulation to the specific body locations.

    Other related therapies that may be part of your treatment plan include cupping, Gwa Sha, tuina or moxabustion. Auriculotherapy is stimulation of the ear. As a hologram of the whole body, picture the ear as an upside down fetus. Areas of the ear are used to treat emotional, mental and physical conditions. Ear seeds may be put in place for you to stimulate between session. Herbal remedies are another main branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is important to understand and follow directions in order to get the most benefit from these treatments. Essential oils may be added as an adjunct to home therapy.

    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. A clean diet, exercise, rest and mental health create a beautiful you. My goal is to move you towards optimal health so you can live a joyful life.

    The more you incorporate relaxing therapies such as acupuncture and acupressure, massage and yoga into your life, the more you’ll learn to nurture your body, mind and spirit.

    Acupuncture is not an instant fix.

    Healing is a process that takes time and dedication. Depending on your current health and symptoms, you could feel better right away, or if you have had a condition for years, you may need treatments for weeks, months or years to achieve the results you want. I recommend 4 or 5 sessions for a clear indication of your body’s healing response. To mount the best response, it is best to schedule the sessions within a 2.5-3 week time frame. The cumulative effect of this approach creates lasting results which saves time and money.

    Acupuncture and TCM 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!