Initial visits generally last from 60 to 90 minutes. Jenny will take a detailed health history, perform a physical exam, and provide you with your unique treatment plan.
During your first exam, Jenny will spend time 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.
Jenny will also employ diagnostic tools that are unique to acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) such as tongue and pulse diagnosis.
In addition to the TCM intake, Jenny will offer you an antioxidant scan test to get an instant read on your antioxidant status. This can be an indicator of your overall protection against serious diseases such as cancer.
Your treatment plan
Once Jenny has gathered enough information, you’ll receive a comprehensive diagnosis and a treatment plan that will explain:
- Your underlying imbalances
- Your time line of care
- What 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
- Don’t eat a large meal before your visit, but don’t be too hungry either
- Wear loose, comfortable clothes that can be pulled up to your knees and elbows
- Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns
- Refrain from overexertion, drugs or alcohol for at least six hours after 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. Jenny will concentrate on acupuncture points related to specific organs or meridians, based on your unique issues and symptoms.
Jenny may include other related therapies in your treatment plan, such as cupping, Gwa Sha or moxabustion. Herbal remedies are another important aspect of acupuncture and TCM, and it is important to understand and follow the herbal 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, you and Jenny can heal your imbalances and help you achieve harmony and balance.
Even after your symptoms are resolved, acupuncture and herbal medicine 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. Jenny will give you an idea of what to expect. 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 both 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!