• New Patients

  • Please download, print, and complete these forms prior to your first appointment.

  • Please allow 20-30 minutes to complete this information. The final two pages must be printed in color. If you do not have a color printer, the last two pages will be provided to you in the office.

  • Preparing For Your Appointment

    Initial Visit

    The first visit is 1.5-2 hours long. During the first phase of the appointment we thoroughly discuss your medical history and current health concerns. The second phase of the appointment is checking your tongue and pulse (the main diagnostic tools of Chinese medicine), developing a Chinese medicine diagnosis and proceeding to your acupuncture treatment. You will rest for 20-30 minutes after the needles are gently inserted.

    Please bring any lab work or imaging reports (x-ray, MRI, etc.) that are relevant to your current health concern.

    The number and frequency of treatments will be discussed at this time and vary greatly based on your condition and overall health status.

    Follow-Up Visit

    The first 5-15 minutes are reserved for checking-in with the patient, reviewing and assessing the patient condition since the last treatment. An acupuncture treatment is performed for the remaining time. Usually during the first follow-up appointment, I will develop a detailed treatment plan tailored to your health concern which includes number and frequency of treatments discussed from the initial appointment. You will receive a copy to take home.

    Before Your Treatment

    • Wear comfortable, loose clothing that can be easily rolled up past the knees and up to the elbows. This allows for easy access to most acupuncture points.
    • Eat a light meal prior to your appointment. Having acupuncture on an empty stomach can cause dizziness and a heavy meal can cause nausea.
    • Do not drink alcohol.
    • Avoid caffeine at least 5 hours prior to your appointment.
    • Stay well hydrated the day of the appointment.
    • Avoid food or drink that can temporarily change the color of the tongue.
    • Avoid perfumes and colognes as patients and staff are sensitive to these fragrances.

    During Your Treatment

    • Your main job is to relax. Sleeping is perfectly acceptable.
    • Avoid moving the areas where acupuncture needles are inserted.
    • If you become uncomfortable in any way, please promptly notify your practitioner.

    After Your Treatment

    • Rest as much as possible.
    • Avoid strenuous activity at least 2-3 hours after treatment. Its preferable if you resume your exercise routine the following day.
    • Drink plenty of water.
    • Avoid alcohol or caffeine.