Initial visits generally last from 30 to 90 minutes. Your acupuncturist will take a detailed health history, perform a physical exam, and provide you with your unique treatment plan.
During your first appointment, 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. Often we see a relationship between symptoms that is not recognized in an allopathic setting.
Your practitioner will also employ diagnostic tools that are unique to acupuncture and TCM such as tongue and pulse diagnosis.
Once your acupuncturist has gathered enough information, you'll receive a comprehensive diagnosis and a treatment plan that will cover:
For the best results, keep a few things in mind:
Fine, sterile needles will be inserted at specific acupuncture points along the meridian pathways. Your acupuncturist will concentrate on acupuncture points related to specific organs, based on your unique issues and symptoms. These points may be local or they may be somewhere else on your body-kind of like a light switch-it is not always right next to the light you are turning on.
Your acupuncturist may include other related therapies in your treatment plan, such as cupping, Gua Sha or moxabustion. Herbal remedies are another important aspect of acupuncture and TCM, and it is important to understand and follow your practitioner's directions in order to get the most benefit from these treatments. The intent of these is to speed the healing process
Your actions are a key component of your treatment plan. TCM works toward restoring balance in your body. In many cases, people have had a condition for many years, even decades. In order to resolve or manage those symptoms, it will take some work at home as well. Unfortunately there is no magic point to "fix it" though we all wish for a magic weight loss point. 🙂
In order for you to get the results you want, it will be important for you to take a role in your health as well. Our goal is to help you enjoy a stronger, healthier life going forward.
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. We will discuss this at your first appointment and provide guidance as to what to expect.
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!