Your First Visit

New Patient Intake Form: Print and fill out this New Patient Intake form. It will speed up the intake process during your first visit.

New Patient Intake Form (PDF, Adobe Reader required)

  • “Congratulations! You are on your way to a significant improvement.”

Welcome, we are happy that you chose nature medicine for your health. Our motto is “We empower your body to self-heal.” It is how we approach with all our patients. We help your physiological system to naturally rebound using time-tested methods of acupuncture, dietary adjustment, and/or Asian herbs. We do our best in safely and effectively treating your disease and improving your health. We look forward to assisting you to heal.

Getting the most out of treatment

If you would like to be well-prepared, although not necessary, then the following would be helpful.

  • Please show up on time
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothes
  • Discuss any questions or concerns
  • Follow the acupuncturist’s recommendation
  • Keep all of your appointments, as each visit builds upon the previous ones
  • Fill out  and bring the initial patient intake, which is attached above. Or you can fill it out at the clinic. 
  • Know your insurance benefit or out-of-pocket payment.
  • Bring your medical records. Although it is helpful to know what we are dealing with, it is not essential to determine how we treat.  
  • Understand our technique. Why and how we use acupuncture, dietary adjustment, and Asian herbs. 
  • You will be continuing to work with your primary physician regarding blood test and scans since we do not interpret them. 

Note: Acupuncture and Asian herbs are quite safe. This is one of the reasons for a trust with our patients. Acupuncture does not aggravate a problem. Furthermore, we have not had a drug-Asian herb interaction related to cells, organs, or glands.  

Communication and Diagnostic Style

Because the nature of this medicine is natural, our communication style is different. Rather than a bio-chemical explanation or with blood test reading, we use ancient methods of self-reflection. So our discussion of your case will be mostly on your subjective observation. 

During your first exam, we 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 how your body works for a proper treatment. We employ diagnostic tools that are unique to acupuncture, such as measuring your torso and palpating your pelvic bone to gauge the shape related to your body type.

Or if you have a localized problem such as low back pain, then the information gathering will be short.

Your treatment plan

Once we have gathered enough information which may take one to several visits, you’ll receive a comprehensive diagnosis and a treatment plan that will explain:

  • Your underlying imbalances
  • Your timeline of care
  • What types of treatment you will receive
 In some situations, 6 treatments may be required before we are able to give you a comprehensive treatment protocol. By gauging your improvement rate, it will become clearer on the most expedient option with acupuncture, diet, and/or herbs. 

How treatment works

Your first visit typically lasts 60 minutes. An acupuncture session is 25 to 30 minutes. Our initial discussion and process of discovery will be 5 to 20 minutes. Drs. David Lee, Che-ol Kim, or Sima Ebrahimi will take a health history, may perform a physical exam, and will provide you a treatment plan.

To treat your imbalances, fine, sterile needles will be inserted at specific acupuncture points on the limbs along the meridian pathways. We have a proprietary acupuncture protocol proven to be reliable. Through stimulation of trigger points, your body re-balances. The result is a boosting of healing in reduction of pain, inflammation, and dysfunction. 

We may include other therapies in your treatment plan, such as Asian herbs. Because the Asian herbs are subtle in balancing your physiology, it is important to follow the dosage directions in order to get the timely benefit.

Your role in the healing process

Your actions are a key component of your treatment plan. We recommend minimum number of visits for a timely improvement. For example, we may request you to get acupuncture twice a week for 3 weeks. Or you may also be given Asian herbs taken twice a day for 30 days. We understand that a habitual healthy lifestyle takes time to develop. Our recommendations are the best steps you can take for your well-being. Together, we can heal your imbalances.

Even after your symptoms are resolved, Asian medicine can assist you in maintaining your health, and possibly prevent future problems. The more you consistently incorporate acupuncture into your life, the more you’ll learn to nurture your body and mind.

Acupuncture is and is not an instant fix.

Acupuncture is amazing in that it can accelerate your improvement process. Often, it quickly resolves your long-standing pain. At other times, a true healing may take time with some dedication. Regardless of your current health status and symptoms, if you are highly reactive to acupuncture, you could feel better right away. Or you may need treatments for 3 weeks to achieve a significant improvement. We will give you an idea of what to expect. 

Asian Medicine is safe.

Acupuncture and Eastern medicine offer a safe and effective holistic health care system. This natural approach can simultaneously resolve symptoms and enhance your overall health. Furthermore, contrary to a concerned view, both acupuncture and Asian herbs do not have conflict with medications. Our experience of 20 years so far had no problem with organs and glands. 

 

To help answer many of your questions, you can click on the icon below for Patient Guide.

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