The Healing Alternative
Your First Appointment

Preparation the Day of Your Scheduled Appointment

Acupuncture moves a lot of energy in your body. You should have something to eat within two hours of your scheduled appointment time so your body has energy to move. If you can’t have a meal, a nutritious snack is okay. A bag of chips and a can of pop does not count as a nutritious snack.

Most treatments require minimal removal of any clothing. If you are being treated for something like knee, shoulder or elbow pain, wear clothing that will allow access to those areas such as shorts, baggy pants and tank tops.  Loose fitting track suits or sweat pants are ideal.  No matter what you are being treated for, it is advisable to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.

The first visit lasts 90 minutes and includes an initial intake and medical history review and assessment followed by a short treatment.  Follow-up visits last 60 minutes and consists of a short follow-up intake followed by longer treatment.   If you require more than 90 minutes for the first consultation, please note there may be an additional charge.

You are welcome to bring a friend or family member to your appointment, and if you wish they may accompany you in the treatment room. Most patients prefer to do the medical history interview portion of the appointment privately. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Cell phones and pagers should be turned off to ensure maximum relaxation once you have entered the treatment room.

The Tongue
Please do NOT brush or scrape the coating from your tongue 2-3 days before the appointment. Tongue diagnosis is one of the unique aspects of Oriental medical diagnosis, and seeing the tongue in its natural state will greatly assist the acupuncturist  in establishing a treatment strategy.