1. Complete the online health history form before the scheduled appointment day. You will receive it by email some minutes after booking the appointment. Be accurate when fill it out. Some questions seems unrelated to your main complaint but they can help identifying your own Chinese Medicine pattern and treatment.
2. Arrive neither stuffed nor starved. I recommend a light meal 1-3 hours before the appointment.
3. Wear comfortable, loose clothing so that arms and legs below elbows and knees can be easily accessed. A gown is provided if required.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Upon arrival, check in with the front desk. You can put your jacket or other big items in the coat room. You have also the option to bring them with you in the treatment room.
You will have a consultation to discuss your main complaints and review your health history.
The inital consultation includes questions, taking pulses, observing your tongue, and if relevant to the diagnosis the palpation of specific channels and points. Also, I will discuss a course of treatment, what to expect, and I will answer to any questions you might have.
Follow-up consulations: a review of how the first treatment went, follows up on any topic not covered, and answers to any questions that may have come up.
Once one the treatment couch, needles are generally placed on your arms and legs below the elbows and knees but they can also be placed elsewhere, such as head, ears, abdomen or back. All needles are sterile,non-toxic and single-use. The needle insertion is often painless. After the insertion you should feel a pinchy, dull ache, tingling sensation that is what in Chinese Medicine is called Qi. This is part of the treatment. I will try to make the treatment as comfortable as possible but some points and some patients can be more sensitive than others. If you are uncomfortable please let me know. After the needles are inserted, most patients enter a state of deep relaxation or they fall asleep. Treatments typically last from 20 to 40 minutes.
After the needles are removed, take a moment getting up and putting on your clothes and shoes. I will then escort you to the reception area where you can drink a glass of water and schedule/pay for future appointments.
Many people report feeling relaxed after treatment.
You will be able to continue with all activities. Anyway avoid strenuous exercise, exhausting activities and alcohol for the next 24 hours after treatment.