Initial visits generally last between 60 to 90 minutes. Bonnie will take a detailed health history, perform a physical exam, and provide you with your unique treatment plan.
During your case review, time will be spent getting to know you and your health concerns. You may be asked a wide range of questions about your symptoms, eating, exercise, sleep habits, emotional states and anything that may offer insight into your health.
Other diagnostic tools will be employed that are unique to acupuncture and TCM such as tongue and pulse diagnosis.
Your treatment plan
Once pertinent information has been gathered, you’ll receive a comprehensive diagnosis and a treatment plan that will explain:
- Your underlying imbalances
- Your time line of care
- Types of treatment you will receive
Getting the most out of treatment
For the best treatment results, keep a few things in mind:
- Please show up on time
- Eat a light meal before your visit
- Wear loose, comfortable clothes
- Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns
- Refrain from overexertion, drugs or alcohol for 24 hours post treatment
- Follow your treatment plan between visits
- Keep all of your appointments, as each visit builds upon the previous ones
How treatment works
To treat any Qi imbalances, fine, sterile needles will be inserted at specific acupuncture points along the meridian pathways. Acupuncture points related to specific organs, based on your unique issues and symptoms will be the focus.
Other related therapies may be included in your treatment plan, such as cupping, ear BBs, tui na or moxabustion. Herbal remedies are another important aspect of acupuncture and TCM, and it is important to understand and follow directions in order to get the most benefit from these treatments.
Your role in the healing process
Your actions are a key component of your treatment plan. Focusing on your health and committing to a healthy lifestyle are the best steps you can take for your well-being. Together, in a team work approach, you and Bonnie can heal your imbalances achieving your health goals.
Even after your symptoms are resolved, acupuncture can assist you in maintaining your health, and possibly prevent future imbalances. The more you incorporate acupuncture and TCM into your life, the more you’ll learn to nurture your body, mind and spirit.
Acupuncture is not an instant fix.
True healing takes time and dedication. Depending on your current health and symptoms, you could feel better right away, or you may need treatments for weeks, months or years to achieve the results you want. What to expect will be discussed. With a little patience and an open mind, you’ll be on your way to health and vitality.
Acupuncture and TCM offer a safe and effective holistic health care system. This natural approach can resolve symptoms and enhance your overall health.
By taking the right steps and planting the seeds of health, you are on the road to a healthier you!