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Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
I care a lot about my patients, and enjoy the puzzle work of bringing you back into balance, and creating a treatment strategy to keep you that way. In my experience, the best treatment plan is the one that addresses your health concerns while also inspiring you to examine habitual patterns, and integrate new lifestyle strategies so the old health patterns do not have a chance to resurface down the road.
Your First Appointment
The initial consultation and treatment is 90 minutes. During this appointment we will discuss your health concern(s) and health history. I will also also perform an examination using Chinese medicine diagnostic tools such as meridian channel palpation and pulse and tongue diagnosis. The tongue and pulse provide substantial information about the health of your internal organs, your recent digestive history, and rooted health patterns you may not even realize are pathological in nature.
Following the examination, your treatment at the clinic may take several paths. There are 5 branches of Chinese medicine: Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine (internal and external), Nutrition, Movement Therapies (Qigong and Alignment), and Manual Therapies (Bodywork, Cupping, Gua Sha). Depending on your treatment plan, one or all of these 5 branches may be used--not necessarily in one appointment.
Expect that you will also have homework (exercises, adjustments to your diet, reading) to do in-between appointments. The work we do in the clinic is only a fraction of what Chinese medicine has to offer. The healing journey and true transformation occurs when you also integrate the treatments with the nutritional adjustments, and lifestyle changes.
Most people fall into one of two treatment categories: acute or chronic, and some are a combination of both. Acupuncture dosage has a cumulative effect. When the condition is acute, acupuncture treatments are most effective when the appointments are spaced close together (2-4x a week). When the condition is chronic, treatments are most effective when the appointments are consistent over a period of time (1-2x weekly for 3-6 months).
By far, the most common thread (regardless of the health concern) is that we all hold stress in our body. Dis-ease is a complex narrative between the body, mind, and spirit, and the dynamic between the three create patterns (the root of the health concern), and those patterns have signature symptoms (the branch of the health concern).
Depending on your treatment plan, appointments will be 30-90 minutes in length, and I will let you know during your first appointment what to schedule.
All clinic appointments are scheduled in advance. If you are returning for a follow up appointment, the best way to schedule is online.
I require at least 24 hours notice when cancelling an appointment. If you do not give me 24 hours notice, the late cancellation fee is the same as the cost of the appointment. When you schedule your appointment, you are agreeing to these terms. You will receive a confirmation email when you schedule your appointment, and a reminder email 48 hrs prior to your appointment. Both emails will have a link to cancel. In addition, you can reach me via voicemail or email.
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