Q: I have never been treated with acupuncture or Chinese Medicine before. What can I expect?
Chinese medical diagnosis seeks to determine the deeper, underlying
causes of your illness or disorder. The diagnostic process uses skills
and techniques with which you may be unfamiliar. Careful visual
inspection of the surface of the tongue and detailed reading of the
wrist pulses are two examples of highly developed, diagnostic arts
allowing the practitioner to understand numerous aspects of your
physiological processes. The types of questions asked by the
practitioner may also be unfamiliar to you. Please be assured that each
question is asked and each diagnostic step is performed to help
determine the best therapeutic approach for your health needs.
Q: What should I bring with me to my first appointment?
Please fill out and bring with you the Health History form. This form
takes a while to fill out, so if it is not complete, please come at
least 30 minutes before your appointment time to finish it. Also,
please read over, but do not fill out the Consent Form.
Q: Is there anything else I should do before I come?
Yes, please be sure to eat something before you come. This will help
to reduce nervousness and fatigue so you will get the most from your
Q: How long will my appointment last?
order to allow time for a complete health history review, the new
patient appointment lasts for 2 hours. Follow up appointments are one
Q: How many treatments will I need?
Individuals vary greatly in how well they respond to acupuncture, which
makes it impossible to predict the number of treatments in advance. In
general, we can say that the longer you have had a problem, the more
treatments it will take to resolve the problem. Of course, some
problems are easier to treat than others. Your response to the last
treatment will be discussed at the beginning of each session and that
will be what determines how many additional sessions will be needed.
Q: Will it hurt?
I specialize in the treatment of the needle sensitive and needle
phobic. Although I cannot guarantee that the treatment will not be
uncomfortable or painful, I do everything in my power to minimize any
discomfort. If you can’t tolerate acupuncture treatment, let’s discuss
what other options are available.