Heart's Discovery Holistic Therapies & Acupuncture 

 Eastern Shore Holistic Acupuncture 

About Treatments: What to Expect

1. The initial step is to discuss the chief complaint and explain how the medicine works and what to expect in general in terms of the process, the treatment, the kinds of results to expect and possible treatment plans. 

2. We sign a detailed informed consent after I explain all the possible outcomes and expectations. Here is where we discuss any concerns, questions or preferences.

3. Then we do the intake. It takes about 30 min with detailed notes about medical and lifestyle history, family, work, emotional life, medications, philosophy of life and the details of every physical symptom from headaches to bowel moments. 

4. I then look at tongue and evaluate the nature of pulses in 6 positions/ 3 depths and ask more questions and confirm of findings.

5. Next I finalize and explain the preliminary diagnosis and the treatment plan objectives based on Traditional Chinese medicine theories, principles and patterns of imbalance. Often I precede the treatment with lifestyle, nutrition and herbal recommendations. 

6. Finally the client moves to a warm, comfortable, private treatment room where they get dabbed with alcohol on acupoints and a gentle application of fine hair-thin sterile needles, aromatherapy, sound therapy, far-infrared healing heat or moxibustion and often Therapeutic Touch® , This takes 15-20 min. and then the needles remain in place for a minimum of 25 min.

7. Then we pay for the current treatment and plan the frequency and number of next treatments. At this point I may also prescribe and/or recommend herbal formulas, diet and lifestyle practices, healing liniments or other products such as essential oils or flower essences.

The initial session is 1.5 hours with follow-up sessions lasting 1 hour each.

- For an acute injury, 2-3 times weekly for half-sessions for 4-5 sessions and then follow-ups until the issue is well on its way to being healed. 

- For chronic conditions,  for 4-5 treatments weekly and then pushing the frequency out to bi-weekly or monthly, depending on the response. 

- Sometimes monthly treatments are warranted for long time for deep seated issues. 

- Other issues can be cleared up within 6-10 treatments and only periodic "tune-ups" quarterly to semi-annually.