First Visit

What to expect during your visit

 

General:

If it is your first visit to the clinic for Ayurveda or acupuncture please arrive 10 minutes early to fill out new patient forms.

Acupuncture visit:

It is best to wear loose comfortable clothing, although most often you will stay clothed during your treatment it is best if you feel comfortable and not constrained by tight clothing and allow good circulation.  Often your acupuncturist will need to roll up your pants or sleeves to access your lower and upper limbs.  Depending on your health concerns and the best way to treat you your therapist may also need to access your back, buttocks or chest and will provide you with a smock and adequate draping.

Avoid brushing your tongue three hours before your visit as we can gain important diagnostic information based on the color and quality of your tongue’s appearance.

We will take your patient history and health concerns in a private room for the first part of your treatment and then give you the appropriate acupuncture therapies and let you relax with the needles in for 30 minutes to an hour in your treatment room.  The use of cupping, moxa, gua sha and massage might also be provided depending on your condition and needs.  You will find relaxation and rest come easily once on the table with the acupuncture needles, in fact most people fall into a deep and restful sleep.

If you are coming for community acupuncture please use the back door if there is a sign up at the front door and keep voices low.  You will have a brief intake while you relax peacefully in a reclining chair in the same large room with other patients.  Be sure to wear loose clothing as you will remain clothed for all community style treatments.  We will get your needles in and let you choose how long you’d like to stay in the chair for your treatment.  Just make eye contact or give a little cough and we will come take out your needles and let you get up at your leisure.   Have no fear the more public aspect of community acupuncture; it actually feels great to be getting treated in a place where others are having the same experience.

 

If you have further questions you can find additional information on our FAQ page