I do offer treatments in my home IF your friend is comfortable traveling , is not upset in unusual surroundings, does not have any contagious diseases or parasite infestations.
On my first visit, I begin by asking a series of detailed questions. These questions may be repeated periodically because the answers may change over time. If your friend has a specific medical challenge, I would greatly appreciate having access to all medical records that are available, including lab results, x-rays, patient records, any known allergies, vaccine history, current and past medications, flea control products, and heartworm/parasite control medications.
Next, I examine my patient. This examination is repeated as needed on future visits. Based on the results of the patient's history and exam, I design a treatment plan. It is vital that you, the client, provide input into the development of this plan and feel comfortable with the plan.
Each treatment lasts between 10-30 minutes. I usually use anywhere from 3 –30 needles per treatment. If I use moxa
. I will explain those in greater detail at that time. There is not difference in cost for these modalities.
The response of my patients to the needles varies from complete acceptance to complete rejection. Over 90% will tolerate the needles to the extent that they are effective. There are other acupuncture techniques that I use when my patients are less than cooperative, such as aquapuncture
. In addition to the acupuncture, I may suggest using an herbal supplement
. It is important to understand that Chinese herbal supplements are typically combinations of herbs, and as such are very well tolerated.
Some acute problems respond within 1 to 4 treatments, some may require more frequent or more total treatments to see resolution. Some chronic conditions may require at least 4 treatments before any response is seen at all. Remember, however, I will be treating the WHOLE patient, NOT just one symptom. In Chinese medicine, it is believed that an underlying weakness may be the reason behind an acute problem. If I detect such a weakness from the history or physical exam, I will explain and treat this as well.
Most of my patients they prefer to be petted and remain quiet once the needles are placed. Many like a focus of human energy on them. A few prefer a little less focus on them. The patients are very clear as to their preferences. I take my cues from them. Often times I may included energy work during the treatment.
From my own experience with acupuncture, I found it a wonderful time to meditate. I suspect this facilitates healing, and the innate intelligence within the patient knows this and this is why they prefer the quiet. It has been said that you cannot help another and not also help yourself at the same time. I believe this and know that I am blessed by each of my patients in ways that continue to astound and humble me.
Finally, I may make recommendations regarding diet and acupressure or massage type exercises you can continue between treatments.