Information for New Patients

Below you will find helpful information and forms to prepare for your first visit with us. If you have any question after reviewing the below information, don’t hesitate to contact us at (408) 641-0689.

Acupuncturist prepares to tap needle into patients hand

Acupuncture is an elegant approach to illness that treats the whole person and the root of an imbalance, rather than addressing symptoms in isolation. It is a gentle, effective medicine that promotes the body’s innate healing capacities without harmful side effects.

A course of treatment will vary, depending on lifestyle, health history, and how long the imbalance has been present. Some people respond very quickly to Acupuncture, and find relief in just a few sessions, while others require a longer series of treatment. Once better health is established, balance is typically maintained in monthly “tune-ups.”

acupressure

Acupressure is an alternative medicine technique similar in principle to acupuncture. It is based on the concept of life energy which flows through “meridians” in the body.

In treatment, physical pressure is applied to acupuncture points with the aim of clearing blockages in these meridians. Pressure may be applied by hand, by elbow, or with various devices.

cupping

Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin.Through suction, the skin is drawn into the cup by creating a vacuum in the cup placed on the skin over the targeted area.

The cup is usually left in place for somewhere between five and ten minutes. It may help treat pain, deep scar tissues in the muscles and connective tissue, muscle knots, etc.

herbal_consultation

Herbal medicine refers to using a plant’s seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes. Herbalism has a long tradition of use outside conventional medicine. It is becoming more mainstream as improvements in analysis and quality control, along with advances in clinical research, show the value of herbal medicine in treating and preventing disease.

Before Your Visit

Do:

  • Eat a small nourishing meal before your appointment (two hours prior to your scheduled time is ideal).

  • Allow time for rest relaxation post-treatment whenever possible.

  • Drink water!  Your body will be more receptive if you are well hydrated.

  • When the weather is cool, or if it’s a windy day, make sure that you wear a scarf and protect your neck.

Avoid:

  • Caffeine (especially coffee, including decaf, before and after treatment)

  • Strenuous physical activity

  • Spicy foods

  • Cold and raw foods (e.g. Salads, iced drinks, etc.)

  • Wearing heavy make-up, scents, and moisturizers, to assist in diagnosis

Fertility Patients:
Avoid spicy foods while in treatment, do not leave the house with wet hair, and avoid walking barefoot on cold floors.

What to Expect During Treatment

Your First Personalized Treatment

Your first visit is referred to as Traditional Diagnosis. We will discuss your goals, your medical and social history and conduct a physical examination according to eastern medical principles. This one and a half session also includes a first needle treatment. Many people are surprised that the needle sensation is not similar to the needles you experience at your doctors office. The sensation may be experienced as a tingling, numbness, or dull ache. Most people find treatment to be very relaxing and often take a 15-20 nap once needles are in.

Ongoing Treatment

Follow up and maintenance treatments are approximately sixty minutes. The Doctor helps to guide your next steps and help to maintain the benefits of acupuncture treatments. Pulse reading, meridian palpation and other techniques are administered as well. Fine needles and moxa, a restorative herb, may then be applied along the acupuncture points.

Clinic Policies

Payment is due at the time of service. We accept cash,check or credit card for payment. $35 minimum charge for credit card.

We have a firm 24 hour cancellation policy. If you do not cancel your appointment within 24 hours of your scheduled time, the treatment fee may apply.

Arriving more than 15 minutes past your scheduled appointment time will not allow sufficient time for treatment and we will reschedule your appointment.

Insurance Information

We can provide you with a receipt to submit to your insurance carrier. Before coming in, call the phone number on the back of your insurance card to find out whether your insurance covers acupuncture, and if you can work with an out of network provider. You can also fill out to our Insurance Request Form to check on your eligibility.