What to expect during an average visit
TCM’s strength is in working with the whole person. After a thorough review of personal and familial health and history, time is spent learning about your life, lifestyle and habits as they pertain to overall health. This information—in conjunction with pulses and tongue conditions—provide the basis for a TCM diagnosis and treatment plan. Patients usually start off with once-a-week treatments which are tapered in frequency as conditions improve. Some acute conditions can be treated in fewer than five treatments. Generally, acupuncture has a cumulative effect, with treatments building upon each other. Jennifer encourages patients to actively participate in their healing process by addressing dietary or herbal needs as well as providing relaxation techniques.
How do I prepare for my treatment?
- We will spend time learning about your current situation and health history. Save time and arrive prepared, by downloading and completing these forms beforehand.
- Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing that can be easily rolled up above your elbows and knees. Some people like to bring a pair of shorts to change into. However, in case you aren’t able to do either please know that we have plenty of sheets and will keep you appropriately draped and comfortable.
- Please be sure you have eaten at least a light meal within a few hours prior to arriving and for your comfort, avoid overeating immediately before treatment.
- Avoid coffee and especially alcohol prior to your treatment. Alcohol can adversely affect the results of your cosmetic treatment, so please keep this in mind for after treatments as well.
- Avoid strenuous exercise 2 hours before and after treatment.
- Once you enter the treatment room, either put your cell phone on airplane mode or turn it off completely. The electromagnetic radiation emitted from your cell phone interrupts the healing process. You may also want to do the same when you sleep.
- Don’t rush. Feel free to arrive a little early and relax a few minutes before your treatment. Tea and water are available in the waiting room. Also consider booking your appointment so that you have plenty of time to get to your next event or simply go home and relax.
Commonly treated conditions
In November 2007, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) formally endorsed acupuncture, determining it effective for relief of postoperative pain and nausea associated with pregnancy or chemotherapy. TCM is also often used to treat these common conditions:
- Arthritis/Joint problems
- Back pain
- Bladder/Kidney problems
- Effects of chemotherapy
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Gynecological disorders
- Heart problems/Palpitations
- High blood pressure
- Immune system deficiency
- Menopausal Discomfort
- Neck pain/stiffness
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Sexual dysfunction
- Skin problems