Confluence Healing Community Acupuncture & Herbs
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Your Initial Appointment


                  Preparing For your Visit
Here are a few important things to keep in mind that will help make your visit run smoothly:

Cell Phones - For the consideration of others receiving treatments, please turn off your cell phone before entering our offices, and kindly keep voices at a low volume in the reception area.

Appointments -
Please arrive as close to your scheduled appointment as possible. If you are running late we will do our best to accommodate you. However, because we schedule every half hour, arriving later than 15 minutes after your scheduled appointment could result in the loss of your time slot, especially during busy hours. The office generally runs very close to "on time."

Proper Attire -
To give proper access to the acupuncture points, it is essential to wear loose, comfortable clothing that can easily be rolled up to the elbows and knees, as well as loose around the collar. Two piece clothing is recommended. Most times it will not be necessary for you to change out of your clothing unless it restricts access to the acupuncture points. Large towels are used as drapery should your treatment require you to disrobe.

Health History Questionnaire -
It is very important to fill out and complete this form prior to your appointment. It is available on the "Patient Forms" page as a pdf file, where you can view and print a copy. If you are unable to complete this before your visit, please arrive at least 20 minutes early to complete paperwork, however, this is highly discouraged.

Click here for the Health History Questionnaire page.

Payment - Payment for services is due upon arrival. MasterCard, Visa, and Debit cards are accepted as well as personal checks. However, cash is highly encouraged and is the preferred method of payment, as there are high fees associated with credit & debit card terminal use. Please help us to keep costs down by using cash whenever possible so we may continue to offer low cost treatments to our patients.

Cancellations - If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please give at least 24 hours advance notice.

Missed appointments and cancellations less than 24 hours will be subjected to a cancellation fee.

                                          What to Expect

Your initial appointment will include a comprehensive intake of your health history.  This is because Oriental Medicine strives to find the root of your problem, not just treat the symptoms. Body, mind, and spirit are all considered when making an assessment and when administering acupuncture or other treatments.

After the consultation, your pulse will be taken, and you will be asked to show your tongue. These give your practitioner very important clues as to the state of your health.

Typically, 10 to 20 acupuncture needles will be inserted in selected points on the body, most on the lower arms and legs. The needles will be stimulated gently by twisting, lifting, or by other methods to make an energetic connection with the acupuncture point.

                  How long are treatments?
                    How many will I need?

Most acupuncture treatments take about an hour from start to finish, although your initial appointment may take up to 90 minutes. The actual time you will have the needles in typically ranges from about 20 to 30 minutes. Treatment course and outcome can vary from case to case, and generally acute conditions respond quicker than chronic ones. Thus, some people may require only a handful of treatments, others more. Some people may even experience dramatic results in only one or two treatments.

Once your condition has been assessed, you will be given an idea of how often and how many treatments you may need. Typically, a series of acupuncture treatments of 6 -12 visits with a frequency of 1 - 2 times per week will address most problems. Once you have reached a desirable level of relief, occasional "maintenance" treatments may be necessary to maintain the benefits.


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