In order to maximize the benefits of your treatment, below is a list of things to do to prepare for your appointment.
Complete the Health Questionnaire.
Please be thorough including documenting any medicines, herbs or supplements you are currently taking. This will help prevent any negative drug/herb interactions in the event that I prescribe herbal medicine as part of your treatment (Download form).
Read and sign my Patient Agreement.
This document explains my office policies and practices. Please contact me if you have any questions (Download form).
Bring relevant lab or physician reports related to the condition(s) for which you are seeking treatment.
Wear comfortable clothing.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing that can be easily rolled above your knees and elbows. Be prepared to remove your shoes and socks. If you are seeking treatment for your neck, shoulder, back or abdomen, please wear clothing that will facilitate easy access to these areas.
Avoid wearing cologne or perfume on the day of your treatment.
Some patients may be allergic to fragrances.
Inform me if you are pregnant or sick.
Certain acupuncture points and herbs should be avoided and others may be used if either of these conditions apply. You do not need to cancel an appointment if you are feeling sick. In fact, acupuncture and herbs can facilitate your healing process.
Avoid vigorous exercise, sexual activity, drugs or alcohol, hot tubs and an empty or overfull stomach several hours before and after your treatment. The condition of your body several hours before and after your treatment can influence the results of the treatment. To maximize the health benefits of your treatment it is best to avoid the activities as listed above.
Avoid brushing your tongue for least 24 hour prior to your appointment.
As part of your health assessment, I will carefully inspect the texture, color, shape and coating on your tongue. In Chinese Medicine, tongue diagnosis is one of the ancient techniques that we use to assess the state of your internal organs and overall health condition. If you habitually brush your tongue to avoid bad breath, please let me know. This may be a sign of a stomach imbalance which can be treated with herbs and/or acupuncture.