During your first appointment, you might be surprised at how much you get to talk to your acupuncturist! You and your Chinese medical practitioner (Licensed Acupuncturist) will sit down and talk about why you are visiting that day. You will also answer questions about everything from your sleep, your food cravings and digestion, to the frequency of your bowel movements. Regardless of why you are visiting that day, the answers to these questions can be vital in helping us comprehensively treat you. Chinese medicine is not just about the pain—it is about the constitution of the patient and the reasons behind the pain. Don’t be surprised if your practitioner feels your pulse for an extended amount of time and asks you to stick out your tongue. These diagnostic techniques are drawn from ancient practice and help us in your treatment.
In more practical terms—please bring your new patient paperwork completed. We do ask many questions in this paperwork, and the answers help us in your treatment. Also bring a complete list of all the medications (and dosages) you take and what times of the day you take them. Loose clothing also helps us more easily perform our treatment, although we do have gowns available as needed.