First Visit

“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
– Chinese proverb

Initial visits generally last from 70 to 90 minutes. We will take a detailed health history and provide you with your unique treatment plan.

During your first exam, we 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 states and anything that may offer insight into your health.

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

Your treatment plan

Once we 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 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
  • Please try to download and fill out our intake form before your appointment
  • Don’t eat a large meal before your visit but avoid being hungry as well
  • Don’t brush your tongue the morning before your appointment
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothes
  • Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns with us
  • 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 along the meridian pathways. We will concentrate on acupuncture points related to specific organs, based on your unique issues and symptoms.

We may include other related therapies in your treatment plan, such as cupping, Gua Sha or moxibustion. Herbal remedies are another important aspect of TCM, and it is important to understand and follow our directions 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, we can address your imbalances and help you achieve harmony and balance.

Even after your symptoms are resolved, acupuncture and TCM can assist you in the maintenance of your health, and possibly help to prevent future imbalances.

 

Patients new to Chinese medicine may find our video presentation on the subject, particularly part two,  useful in helping them to gain a better understanding of what consulting with a practitioner of TCM might involve.