What to expect
In order to make the best use of our time together, please complete, sign and bring the consent arbitration, receipt of privacy practices, and patient intake form to the appointment. You can download and print the forms using the links below. If you do not have access to a printer please come 20 minutes early to complete the forms prior to our meeting time. You can submit the completed forms to this HIPAA compliant email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your time with me will include a range of questions regarding your primary health concerns. Using tongue and pulse diagnosis along with the information gathered, we will identify imbalances, the types of treatment to address these imbalances, and the best recommended for treatment.
For optimal results, please keep a few things in mind:
- Show up on time,
- Don’t eat a large meal or drink alcohol before your visit,
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing,
- Address any questions or concerns with me,
- Refrain from overexertion, drugs, or alcohol for at least 6 hours after treatment
- Follow your treatment plan between visits,
- Keep your appointments, as each treatment builds on the previous one.
- Refrain from wearing perfume or cologne when you come to your appointment.
How Treatment Works
To treat imbalances, sterile, single-use needles are inserted at specific places in the body, which have been identified along pathways where energy flows. These places are called points, and each point has an effect. Some points effect organs directly, others address the flow of Qi throughout the body. It is known and proven, based on thousands of years of clinical experience, which points correct which imbalances.
Acupuncture needles are not like hypodermic needles. They are solid, the width of a human hair, and flexible. Needles vary in lengths and gauges. There can be mild discomfort upon needle insertion. This should dissipate quickly.
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 we can heal your imbalances. Even after your symptoms are resolved, acupuncture will assist with health maintenance and prevent future imbalances. The more you incorporate acupuncture and herbs in your life, the more you’ll learn to nurture your body, mind and spirit.
Acupuncture is not a cure-all, nor is it an instant fix.
It will take many treatments to either stop and reverse the effects of disease, especially if it is chronic. True healing takes time and dedicationas it can take weeks, months or years to achieve the results you want. With a little patience and an open mind, you’ll be on your way to health and vitality. This medicine is a safe and effective, holistic health care system. It is a natural approach that resolves symptoms and enhances health, with no side effects, drugs or surgery. Our partnership, and your health journey will be successful when it is founded on clear communication and goals that are informed, measurable and mutually determined.