First Visit

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

Initial visits are 2 hours long. I will take a detailed health history and in cases related to pain or injury will perform an ortho/neuro evaluation.

During your first exam, I will spend time getting to know you and your health concerns. I will ask you a wide range of questions about every aspect of your health including but not limited to your emotional state of mind over the past 3 months or more, your sleep, symptoms of your chief complaint, your appetite and digestion, energy level, ears, eyes, nose and throat and many other areas of your body’s functions that offer insight into your health.

I will also employ other diagnostic methods that are unique to acupuncture and Chinese Medicine such as tongue and pulse diagnosis.

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
  • 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 concentrate on acupuncture points treat the existing imbalance in your body.  I may recommend herbal remedies which are another important aspect of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, and it is important to understand and follow my 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, you and 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 Chinese Medicine into your life, 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. Your acupuncturist 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 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!