5 Element Acupuncture
Your First Visit
Your first visit is a time for me to understand your reasons for seeking acupuncture treatment and to assess your current condition. We will begin with an in-depth interview covering your medical history and the events and experiences that contribute to your reasons for coming, including personal history. The first visit will also include a physical examination, energy assessment, and an acupuncture session. Please do not wear make-up or any scented products to this appointment. Plan 1.5-2 hours for this appointment.
Each Subsequent Session
Each subsequent session will begin with a time for you to communicate your current experiences and progress. I will check your meridian pulses to assess your energy flow that day. Each treatment will consist of 4 to 8 points that support our overall treatment goals, typically using moxabustion and needles. The changes that you feel during a treatment can be subtle or profound. These sessions will take approximately 45 mins – 1 hour.
Frequency of Treatment
Our goal is to build up your core energy and make sure that energy is flowing well and in the right proportion. Each treatment builds on the previous one. I recommend that new clients schedule weekly treatments for the first 4-8 weeks. Once your energy is balanced and holding from one week to the next, sessions can then be extended to every other week and gradually further apart until you are coming only monthly or seasonally for maintenance. Depending on your specific situation, it may be best to see you several times a week in the beginning to get a jump start on your healing. Please bring your calendar to the first treatment so that we can schedule your first series of appointments. If receiving treatments specifically for pain, I will need to see you 2-3 times a week for 2 weeks and will determine treatment frequency after that depending on how the pain responds to treatment.
Day of Treatment
It is best to avoid excesses on the day of treatment in order to get the maximum benefit. It is best not to eat a heavy meal just before or after a treatment, or arrive too hungry. If possible, avoid caffeine, alcohol, very hot or cold bathing, extreme exercise, etc. You may want some time to relax afterwards or to have an early bedtime that night.
Although each person responds at their own rate, the rate of progress can be affected by how long you’ve had your condition and also by certain lifestyle choices that might hinder your progress. Part of our work together will be identifying the areas that need attention from you in order to improve your health. These areas may include nutrition, avoiding allergens, movement/exercise, increase in water intake, etc. Suggestions for change will be discussed and agreed upon with you, and may help us to identify areas that need further support.
Acupuncture has been shown to be very effective for a wide range of problems and I hope that we will have great success together in bringing you into a better state of health. The healing process happens differently for each individual. There are no guarantees with acupuncture or with any other healing method. It is my experience that within the first three treatments we will both have a sense of whether you are getting a good response and if any adjustments need to be made to your frequency of treatment or lifestyle. Often the first improvements noticed are in your general state of health or energy.
Acupuncture involves the use of needles inserted just below the surface of the skin. The needles are very thin, barely more than the width of a human hair. When the needle is inserted a very slight prick may be felt; when the needle contacts the energy, the sensation may vary from a pull to a buzz or small ache. These sensations are very brief. The needles are made of surgical stainless steel, are pre-sterilized and disposed of after each use. I also often use Moxa, an herb (Atemesia Vulgaris) used to warm acupuncture points by placing a small lit cone on the skin to be removed when you feel warmth. In addition I may use acupressure or zero balancing to enhance your acupuncture treatments. “Zero Balancing is a hands-on body/mind system of therapy designed to enhance health by balancing body energy with body structure.” – Fritz Smith, MD and founder of ZB.
Medications and Doctors
If you are currently taking any medication, continue taking it exactly as you have been, per your prescriptions. Acupuncture works with the other care that you may be receiving. If and when it is appropriate, you may discuss reducing your medication with your physician and follow their guidance in doing so. If you have a medical emergency, please contact your personal physician or an emergency care facility. After receiving emergency medical attention, please let me know how you are doing and the details of your medical treatment so I can provide you with the most appropriate treatment at our next appointment.
I accept cash, check and all major credit cards, including HSA and Flex Spending cards, although I prefer cash or check. For in person sessions, I expect payment at the time service is rendered. For online appointments, please pay through the portal.
Initial intake (which includes your first acupuncture treatment) = $225
Each subsequent treatment = $125
At times during our work together I may ask you to check in with me or you may have a response that you would like to talk with me about. For communication and rearranging appointments, please use the the practice better platform and I will respond within 24 hrs. For any communication requiring more than a quick question, please schedule a follow up appointment. If you are running late to an appointment, a text message is helpful.
My Boulder office is located at 2500 30th St. Suite 201, in the Steelyards Complex. There is a parking lot right outside the building or in the garage below. Come on into the suite and have a seat in the waiting area. Please call or text if you have any problems finding it 217-979-9822.