A medical and personal health history interview which may take up to 90 minutes in order to determine the correct treatment plan for the individual. Physical exam and vital signs are recorded, including the examination of tongue and pulse. Questions, lab results and medical records are welcome at this time. Expectations are discussed and therapeutic benefits explained. Acupuncture therapy follows the consultation.
Progress review and insertion of disposable sterile needles are applied along meridian pathways. Each session is 50-60 minutes and includes heat therapy. Typically, patients do not need to disrobe and points are chosen on the extremities. Breathing exercises are implemented to increase effectiveness of acupuncture and maintain focus. This may result in sleepiness and/or deep relaxation. Electric stimulation, moxibustion, cupping and gua sha are administered at the provider’s discretion.
If you are planning to start acupuncture therapy please keep in mind it is generally recommended for chronic issues (duration of >1 month) to receive acupuncture 2-3 times a week for the first 4-6 weeks. As your body responds to the treatment, gradually decreasing the frequency to once a week, twice a month, once a month etc. is necessary to stabilize the treatment and achieve lasting outcomes.
Herbal therapy complements acupuncture by supplementing the treatment plan on a daily basis. It is especially useful if the patient is unable to receive acupuncture treatments at the recommended frequency. The preservative-free supplements are available in pill and tablet form (and may be offered in granules). The herbs we sell are distributed by Evergreen Herbs and Mayway Corporation, which follow quality control standards and guidelines of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) set forth by the World Health Organization (WHO). This ensures that the products are safe and potent as they are rigorously tested for bacteria, pesticides and heavy metals. Chinese herbal medicine is prescribed and given following a consultation. Additional charges may vary.