The first appointment is typically a two-hour consultation. During this visit we will speak at length about your specific health concerns and address any questions you may have about acupuncture and the healing process. We will also discuss your health, lifestyle and personal histories in detail, followed by a physical examination. Based upon your individual needs, needles may or may not be used during the first visit.
The primary objective of the first appointment is to assess the underlying conditions that have led to your current concerns. A person's current state
of health is often a continuation of earlier conditions that may or may not seem at all related except in the context of Five Element Acupuncture.
Following the initial consultation, ideally you will be seen in weekly one-one half hour sessions for 6-8 visits. Treatment frequency and duration varies with each individual, and the first few treatments may take up to two hours.
Subsequent visits involve acupuncture treatments to address your specific concerns and goals.
Every individual is unique, as is their response to treatment. Often the initial improvements are in the overall state of health. However, some people notice a marked improvement in their main complaint immediately. In addition, the length of time that the condition has been present can be a factor in a person's recovery rate. During the course of treatment, significant signs of progress will likely appear. As patients experience improvement in their condition and enjoy a greater sense of ease in life, treatments may be extended to every other week, every three weeks, monthly and eventually seasonally.
About the Needles...
•Acupuncture needles are very fine, approximately the thickness of a human hair, and have a flexible shaft. •They are made from the finest quality surgical stainless steel and are pre- sterilized, then discarded after each use. •Unlike hollow hypodermic needles, they are solid, much thinner, and do not induce blood flow.
During treatment, Classical Five Element Acupuncturists use very few needles in order to interfere as little as possible with the natural movement of life energy. The average number of needles used in a treatment is between 6 and 10.
When a needle is inserted at a meridian point, a very slight prick may be felt. When the needle then contacts the qi in the meridian, the person may feel various sensations. Descriptions vary from not feeling anything at all, to a sharp or tickling sensation, or a slight ache or electric current, any of which lasts only for a second or two. Classical Five Element needles generally are not left in for long periods of time and are removed within a moment or two of insertion.
Preparing for Your First Treatment...
Following these suggested guidelines for before and after treatment will ensure the best possible results from your acupuncture treatments.
ON THE DAY OF TREATMENT, if possible:
•Please refrain from wearing heavily scented products •Please avoid wearing makeup during treatment •Do not come on an empty stomach •Please try to avoid eating heavy meals just before or after treatment •Try to avoid excessively hot or cold bathing •Try to avoid caffeine or alcohol (especially before treatment) •Please try to avoid overly strenuous physical work or exercise •Plan enough time to rest •Try to refrain from receiving bodywork such as chiropractic, massage, or physical therapy on the same day of treatment
This will ensure the best possible results from treatment.
TO ENHANCE TREATMENT:
With the clarity you gain from treatment, you are encouraged to examine how you live, think and feel, evaluating your lifestyle in order to remain in optimal health. Your practitioner may also suggest specific changes that may be beneficial to you as an individual.
It is not uncommon for symptoms to fluctuate before disappearing. Fatigue or temporary aggravation of a symptom can occur in the first few treatments before a deeper healing takes place. Naturopathic doctors refer to this as the "Law of Cure". Your practitioner will talk to you in more detail about this.
Punctuality is essential for all visits in order to maximize treatment time. It is beneficial to arrive five minutes early in order to be relaxed for your appointment.
• CANCELLATION POLICY: Please kindly notify the office at least 24 hours in advance of any need to change a scheduled appointment. Otherwise, unless you are in an emergency situation, you will be charged the full fee for the missed appointment. • PAYMENT and HEALTH INSURANCE: Payment at the time of treatment is required, either by check or cash. Please let the practitioner know in advance if billing is needed for taxes or insurance purposes. A variety of health insurance plans recognize acupuncture as a covered benefit, and many of these carriers are accepted by Moab Acupuncture Clinic.
MEDICAL CARE and ATTENTION:
Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with other care you are receiving. Continue any medication exactly as prescribed by your physician. After a period of time, and if and when it is appropriate, you may make arrangements with your physician to reduce or stop your medication. If you have a medical emergency, please contact your personal physician or an emergency service facility. Also please inform your practitioner of any such occurrence.