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First Visit

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
– Lao-tzu

Initial visits generally last from 60 to 90 minutes. Ira will take a detailed health history, perform a physical exam, and provide you with your unique treatment plan.

During your first exam, Ira will spend time getting to know you and your health concerns. You may be asked a wide range of questions about your symptoms, eating, exercise, sleep habits, emotional states and anything that may offer insight into your health.

Your practitioner will also employ diagnostic tools that are unique to acupuncture and TCM such as tongue and pulse diagnosis.

Your treatment plan

Once Ira has gathered enough information, you’ll receive a comprehensive diagnosis and a treatment plan that will explain:

  • Your underlying imbalances.
  • Your time line of care.
  • What types of treatment you will receive (including acupuncture, moxibustion, bodywork, cupping, etc.)

Getting the most out of treatment

For the best treatment results, keep a few things in mind:

  • Please show up on time.
  • Don’t eat a large meal before your visit.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothes.
  • Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns with your acupuncturist.
  • Refrain from overexertion, drugs or alcohol for at least six hours after treatment.
  • Follow your treatment plan between visits.
  • Keep all of your appointments, as each visit builds upon the previous ones.

How treatment works

To treat any imbalance in your body, fine, sterile needles will be inserted at specific acupuncture points along the meridian pathways. Ira will concentrate on acupuncture points related to specific organs, based on your unique issues and symptoms.

Ira often includes other related therapies in your treatment plan, such as tuina(bodywork), cupping, gua sha or moxibustion. Herbal remedies are another important aspect of treatment, and it is important to understand and follow your practitioner’s directions in order to get the most benefit from these treatments.  Your sessions in the office and the herbal medicine you take at home will make the treatment of your condition more speedy and efficient.

Your role in the healing process

Your actions are a key component of your treatment plan. Focusing on your health and committing to a healthy lifestyle are the best steps you can take for your well-being. Together, you and Ira can correct the  imbalances in your body and help you achieve harmony and balance.

Even after your symptoms are resolved, acupuncture and Chinese medicine can assist you in maintaining your health, and possibly prevent future imbalances. The more you incorporate the ideas of Chinese medicine  into your life, the more you’ll learn to nurture your body, mind and spirit.  The goal in treatment is  not only guide you to better health but to also teach you the skills necessary to maintain your health as well.

Acupuncture is not an instant fix.

True healing takes time and dedication. Depending on your current health and symptoms, you could feel better right away, or you may need treatments for weeks, months or years to achieve the results you want. Ira can give you an idea of what to expect. With a little patience and an open mind, you’ll be on your way to health and vitality.  In Chinese medicine we have the idea that for every year you have had a condition it will take one month to correct the imbalance in your body.  Your symptoms may improve quickly but the underlying imbalance will take a little more time to correct.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine offer a safe and effective holistic health care system. This natural approach can both resolve symptoms and enhance your overall health.

By taking the right steps and planting the seeds of health, you are on the road to a healthier you!

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