Since this system of health care may be different than other care you have received, it is only natural to have questions. Read on to find out what to expect and how to get the most out of your treatments.
Acupuncture and your Health
Acupuncture and TCM take a holistic, or whole-body approach to health. This means your Acupuncturist will take into account your whole self, not just your symptoms, in order to get to the root of your health concerns. You will work together to find out how factors like your lifestyle and emotional and mental well-being may be effecting your health.
Getting the chance to really discuss your health concerns with us, and having us really listen, maybe new to you. Think of it as your opportunity to form a partnership for better health. The more you take part in your healing process, the more successful it will be.
Your First Visit
Initial visits generally last from thirty to ninety minutes. We will take a detailed health history, perform a physical exam, and provide you with your unique treatment plan.
During your first exam, we will spend time getting to know you and your health concerns. We may be asking a wide range of questions about your symptoms, eating, exercise, sleep habits, emotional status 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 will receive a comprehensive diagnosis and a treatment plan that will explain:
- Your underlying imbalances
- Your timeline of care
- What types of treatment you will receive
How treatment works
At the core of this ancient medicine is the philosophy that Qi, or vital energy, flows throughout the body. Qi animates in the body and protects it from illness, pain and disease. A person's health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.
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:
- Tui Na,
- Auricular Therapy
- Gua Sha
- Electrical Stimulation
We may also include:
- Chinese Herbal Medicine
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 and help you achieve harmony and balance.
Even after your symptoms are resolved, we can assist you in maintaining your health, and possibly prevent future imbalances. The more you incorporate Acupuncture and TCM into your life, the more you will learn to nurture your body, mind and spirit.
Getting the most from your Acupuncture treatment
- Please show up on time
- Do not eat a large meal before your visit
- 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.
- Keep all of your appointments, as each visit builds upon the previous ones.