New Patient Information
If you are a new patient, please fill out these forms and bring them to your new patient appointment. This will allow you to spend more time with your provider and expedite your whole appointment.
Preparing for Your Appointment
First, please come prepared to talk about your health, health history, and lifestyle. Your provider will be asking many questions regarding your health and will be interested in any details you can provide. In Chinese medicine your health is more than just your conditions and symptoms, as such we would like to understand your lifestyle and hopefully you as a person to provide you with the best care possible.
Second, make sure to eat something before coming. Having an empty stomach or being hungry increases your risk of dizziness or fainting during your treatment. This type of reaction is called "needle shock" and is a side effect for people who are sensitive to needles and is easily avoidable by eating beforehand. Make sure to tell your provider if you feel dizzy or uncomfortable during your treatment.
During Your Appointment
Your first appointment will usually be about 1.5 hours long if you are getting a consultation and a treatment. This will include a 30-60 minute consultation, examination, and diagnosis with your provider. Then, if you are getting treatment you will have a normal 30 minute treatment afterwards. Please come 10 minutes early if you plan on filling out the new patient paperwork at your first appointment.
Please make sure you arrive on time. We will not extend your appointment time, so being late will only take up consultation or treatment time. If you are more than 15 minutes late we may ask you to reschedule your appointment.
After Your Treatment
Most patients report feeling relaxed after a treatment, while few people may feel energetic. However you feel, we advise you take it easy and do not overexert yourself because that may worsen your condition in the long run and be counter productive to your treatments.
It is common to not feel much relief after your first treatment. Acupuncture is not like taking a pill nor is it a magical remedy. Acupuncture treatments take time and your recovery is a progress. It is true that some people may feel immediate relief, but those cases are rare.
If you do feel some relief after your treatments, know that it is common for the relief from initial treatments to be temporary and for your condition to come back over the next couple of days. We stress that acupuncture and your recovery is a progress and not an immediate fix.