Your First Visit
Please print the patient intake forms and bring them completed to your first visit, which will last approximately one and one-half (1 1/2) hours. The information that you provide in these forms along with your answers to several questions asked during your first visit form a comprehensive health history. When combined with your tongue and pulse readings, they give the practitioner a working understanding of your body systems and provide the basis of your TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) diagnosis and your treatment plan.
The needles used for acupuncture are pre-sterilized, individually packaged, and disposable for single use. The needles are very fine and flexible, much smaller than the stiff medical hypodermic needles. Most patients feel little or no sensation from needle insertion, but the patient should experience a tingling or heavy sensation when the needle makes contact with the channel, where Qi flows. This sensation is described as “de qi” and is an integral part of effective treatment.
Please do not brush your tongue on the day of your appointment, and eat something one to two hours beforehand so that you will not be hungry.
Subsequent visits will take approximately forty-five minutes to one hour.
General Lifestyle Suggestions
Try your best to have a regular life style! Try to find a peaceful place for your mind and spirit. Pay attention to your body – rest when you are tired, eat when you are hungry, drink when you are thirsty, get help when you are not feeling well. Get up at the same time every morning. Go to bed at the same time every night.
Exercise (Tai Chi or Yoga or Qi Gong) first when you get up in the morning. Drink a lot of water, herbal tea or green tea to cleanse the body from toxins before eating breakfast. Green tea can prevent cancer, restrict the increase of blood cholesterol, control high blood pressure, lower the blood sugar level, suppress aging, refresh the body, deter food poisoning, stop cavities and fight Eat a viruses.
Eat meals regularly. Don’t eat till you are too full –70% is sufficient.Eat warm meals to help digestion. If you eat cold foods, eat something warm too. For example, when you eat a cold sandwich, eat warm soup.
Eat without drinking fluids. Liquid will dilute stomach secretions and affect digestion. Sipping hot tea is OK!
Enjoy your meals when you are eating. Don’t try to multitask when you are eating. Try not to argue with anybody before meals. Slowly walk for five minutes after meals, especially the last meal of the day.
Eat more protein for breakfast. Protein stabilizes blood sugar levels and helps prevent craving sweets. You may eat a relatively large breakfast because you have all day to consume it.
Eat a medium-sized lunch with balanced foods –protein, vegetable, starches. Rice is a better choice for starches, because rice helps to protect the digestive system.
Small-sized, well balanced dinner, and eat as early as you can. Avoid sweets with dinner. If you have a habit of eating desert, eat fruit, and make sure to avoid too much of the main course. Remember: 70% full is sufficient.
Get plenty of sleep. Eight hours per night is recommended. Sleep will help improve your immune system to help prevent illness, and also help with healing
If you have difficulty sleeping, try the following: 1) stay in a calm space before bedtime 2) go on an outdoor walk (slowly) for a few minutes 3) soak your feet in warm water for ten minutes or take a warm bath 4) meditation.
How to Prepare Instant Herb Tea
Put the herb granules into a large container. (Dose as prescribed)
Add 2~3 cups of boiling water to the container. Stir well. Wait 3-5 minutes for the granules to dissolve completely.
Drink 1 cup of tea each time, 2~3 times daily, ½ to 1 hour before or after meals.
If the taste of tea is too strong, you may dilute it with more water.
To get rid of the after-taste you may rinse your mouth with water, or eat a piece of fruit immediately after drinking the tea.
Store the remaining tea in the refrigerator. Warm one serving to room temperature ( or warmer ) before drinking it.
Tea Making Instructions
Rinse the teapot with hot water. Then add tea leaves and pour boiling water. Pour water out immediately. Wait 1 ~ 2 minutes until the tea leaves turn soft.
Add boiling water to teapot. Wait 30 seconds ~ 1 minute. Tea is ready.
Same tea leaves can be infused for 4 ~ 5 times.
Using clay tea vessels would perform better.
Don’t soak tea leaves in water because the leaves will lose flavor. Keep the tea leaves away from moisture, and seal tea bag tightly after every use.
How To Relax Yourself
Sit or lie down
Hands on lower belly and close eyes
Hypnotic, low, “ FM radio ” voice
Count 1-1000,2-1000, 3-1000, 4-1000, 5-1000 IN and then OUT
Suck belly button to spine on exhale
Focus word: ONE, OCEAN, PEACE
Consultation (Initial) – $30/$60/$100/$120
Consultation ( Follow up ) – $25/$40/$50/$80
Acupuncture – $80
Ear Acupuncture – $40
Ear Seeds only – $20
Cupping – $30
Moxibustion – $ 65
Heating Lamp – $10
Pediatric Tui Na – $60
Powder herbs – $0.35/g
Green tea – $5/ OZ