Prior to your initial visit you will be asked to complete a thorough health history questionnaire (if you have not completed this in advance, please arrive 20 min early). The acupuncturist will then review it with you and ask follow-up questions as part of the intake process. The initial visit lasts approximately 90 minutes allowing for plenty of time to discuss your prior health history, your current health concerns and any of your questions. We will take your vitals and perform Chinese pulse and tongue diagnosis.
If you are here for an acupuncture appointment you will then be asked to change, in private, and get into a comfortable position under sheets on the massage table where you will be covered throughout the treatment. Gowns are also available should you feel more comfortable wearing one. Acupuncture points will be chosen based on your Chinese medical diagnosis. All acupuncture treatments include adjunct therapies as needed. You will then be left alone to rest and rejuvenate for approximately 30-40 minutes after which the needles will be removed and you will be able to get dressed in private. Once the acupuncture treatment is complete we will answer any additional questions as well as discuss Chinese herbal formulas and any dietary recommendations.
After each treatment you should feel relaxed and energized.
Chinese medical diagnosis is based on the belief that the body sends messages and gives clues to the origin or root of discomfort, illness and disease. We use a four pillar system to help us unravel critical information about your health, determine a diagnosis and set a treatment plan.
The four pillars are: Inspection, Inquiry, Listening & Smelling and Palpation.
We perform Chinese tongue diagnosis which assists us in our evaluation of your health and well-being. We also observe everything from your facial coloring, facial expressions, body language, the way you walk and talk and much more.
We feel areas on your arms and legs for tenderness and on your abdomen for temperature variations. We also take your pulse, observing the rate and the quality. We use the complex system of Chinese pulse diagnosis as tools to gather information about the status of your health.
Listening & Smelling
We listen not only to the words you say but they way you say them. The tone and volume of your voice and the sound of your breathing. We may also ask about certain smells, primarily your pee, poo and sweat and we might ask to smell you.
We ask tons of questions. How often do you get sick? How is your sleep? What foods do you crave or not crave? What is your pee and poo like? And many, many more.