Patient Information

An Introduction

Oriental Medical Care

Oriental Medicine works to strengthen your body’s innate homeostatic system. This treatment approach may be quite “foreign” to you and so you are invited to both educate yourself about Oriental Medicine and to trust the methods of this ancient healing art.¬†Contemporary Chinese Medicine is an overlying concept of OM that further views the body with an understanding of the modern day environmental, mental, physical, spiritual and emotional stresses that may occur in a person’s life.

Your particular response to treatment will depend on many factors including the nature of your condition, how chronic your illness has become, the general state of your health, and your willingness to participate in the healing process. You should notice a response to the treatments by at least the third or fourth visit. During the course of treatment, you may notice those seemingly unrelated problems clear up. These “minor complaints” often times add up to a pattern of illness that can be successfully addressed by Oriental Medicine.

Here are a few suggestions to help maximize the effectiveness of your treatment:

  • Come prepared to talk about your health concerns. The acupuncturist will want to know how long you have had this condition, what makes it better or worse and other health professionals you have seen, etc.¬†This interview process may bring up sensitive subject matter for you, please know that your best interests are always in mind and this is a “judgment-free” arena.
  • Please try to wear “Acupuncture Friendly” clothing. Your practitioner will need to get to different parts of your body; rolling up the pants, the abdominal area, upper chest, neck, your back, your arms, your feet, etc.¬†Loose fitting clothing and undergarments are best.
  • Plan to take it easy the day of your treatment. It is best if you can schedule a few hours to rest following your treatment. Try to avoid engaging in vigorous mental or physical activity for the rest of the day.
  • Don’t come to your appointment on an empty or over-full stomach. If possible eat at least one hour before treatment.
  • It is best not to take hot baths or saunas the rest of the day following your treatment.
  • Please do not leave the clinic area if you are feeling “spaced out” following a treatment. This could create a hazard if you were to leave and attempt to drive a vehicle in this condition. Please notify your practitioner immediately and have a seat in the waiting room before getting in your car.Occasionally, symptoms may become aggravated following an acupuncture treatment. This is often a sign that previously dormant conditions are being awakened so that healing can occur. These aggravations should pass quickly, if you have concerns please contact your practitioner.It is important that you follow the acupuncturist’s instructions for herbal use and dietary recommendations as closely as possible.