- Your first appointment will generally last about 1 ½ hours.
- As a new patient you have 2 options for paperwork:
- You can arrive approximately 30 minutes early for your appointment and fill it out in the waiting room
- You can fill them out online and send them to me before your appointment.
- The New Patient paperwork includes 2 legal forms and 1 medical intake form that should be read and filled out.
- After checking in for your appointment, I will follow up on the information you provided in your intake forms during a 20-25 minute consultation. I may ask you a series of detailed questions about any health problems or symptoms you might be having.
- In addition to your paperwork and consultation, I will also examine your tongue and feel your pulse in both wrists in order to arrive at a traditional Chinese medical diagnosis.
- If you are taking any medication or herbal supplements please let me know.
- After the initial consultation, you may be asked to remove your shoes and socks and lie down. Depending on the area to receive treatment, you may be asked to remove other articles of clothing. For your comfort and convenience I offer medical gowns that can be worn during your treatment.
- After feeling for different acupuncture sites and with your permission, I will insert very thin, sterile, disposable needles. Although some points are more sensitive than others, most patients will usually feel little to no sensation or discomfort. A heat lamp and/or space heater are available should you feel cold during your treatment.
- The needles will be left in for approximately 25-35 minutes. During this time I will check on you, and a finger bell will be available should you need to contact me for any reason. Most people find acupuncture to be very relaxing; however, should you experience any pain or discomfort, please alert me right away so adjustments can be made.
- If I think that it would be beneficial to your treatment, I might make recommendations for Chinese herbs, dietary and/or exercise ideas as part of my suggested treatment plan.
After your visit:
- Plan to take it easy after your treatment.
- Sometimes after receiving an acupuncture treatment you may feel a little lightheaded or “woozy.” If that is the case, please sit for a while in our waiting area. In a few minutes you’ll be relaxed and clear-headed.
- It’s best if you do not come to your appointment on an empty or full stomach.
- Herbal prescriptions are intended only for the person for whom they were prescribed. Do not give herbal formulas to anyone else unless we I gave you the OK.
- Very rarely, symptoms may become worse after an acupuncture treatment. This is often a sign that previously dormant conditions are being awakened so that complete healing may occur. This should pass quickly. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I look forward to partnering up with you in Health!
Yamin Chehin L.Ac; Dipl.O.M