We have a private consultation with you and go over your current health concerns as well as your pertinent health history. This gives you the opportunity to express any concerns or questions you may have. There is a thorough traditional diagnosis, which consists of looking at the tongue, taking your pulse, and asking specific questions to get to the root of your current imbalance. After this, we proceed to the treatment room where you will be asked to make yourself comfortable. There you will be needled by the acupuncturist with a specific series of points catered to your current condition or symptoms. In most cases, points will vary with each visit.
A typical treatment can last from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the condition being treated. It is important however to remember that acupuncture is a process, and one which usually takes multiple treatments to help most conditions. This could be anywhere from 1-10 treatments depending on your constitution and the conditions being treated, at an interval of 1-3 visits per week in most cases. In general, acute conditions are quicker to treat than longstanding chronic ones. A treatment plan is discussed with you during the initial intake. On subsequent visits, we do a quick check-in to see how you've been feeling since the previous treatment, and if anything new has come up which needs to be addressed. We always check your tongue and pulse for changes. This gives us valuable information as to how you are responding to treatments.
Time to sit back, breathe, and enjoy!
Before your visit * Please eat a little snack/meal about 1-2 hours prior to your treatment so that your stomach is comfortable. * Please abstain from vigorous exercise, overexertion, drugs or alcohol on the day of your treatment. * Please wear comfortable clothing. * Please do not brush your tongue on the morning of your treatment. This will affect our ability to perform tongue diagnosis.
During your visit * If you have any questions, please ask! We will do our best to answer them. * Please be prepared to answer all aspects of your health. It is important to get an overall view of your body's health in order to understand your present condition. This will help us assess your constitutional pattern and create the most effective treatment plan for you. * We will perform any necessary physical exams and check your vitals as well as your tongue and pulse. If you have any lab results or any other medical information, please bring them with you. * Recommendations for follow-up treatments will be based on your response to the treatment. Also, dietary or lifestyle recommendations may be suggested according to your constitutional pattern.
After your visit * Please try to rest. Patients often feel relaxed after the treatment. Please try to avoid any vigorous activities for the day. * Drink warm water or herbal tea and avoid caffeinated beverages for the rest of the day.
Located at Henrico Doctor's Parham - MOB I - 7660 E. Parham Rd. Suite 104-A Richmond, VA 23294
Please call (804) 592-0853 for questions or to schedule an appointment.