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It may take about 90 minutes for your first visit, maybe more, maybe less, depending how complicated
your disease is.
It includes 30 minutes for Dr. Hu to investigate your medical history and do some relevant physical examinations, and 60 minutes to perform treatment and give you advice on life style adjustment.
You are required to input your contact and age or date of birth in a very simple in-take form. You also need to understand and sign the Patient Informed Consent to Treatment form. It is a standard form created by the governing body CTCMA. It illustrates what may happen during and after treatment. To save time, it is better for you to download it and read it prior to your first visit.
If your health condition is complicated, you may write down the main and all other complaints.
You are welcome to email us the names of medications and supplements you are taking and email us reports from your medical doctors on lab tests or images if you have, prior to your visit.
These documents can significantly help us consider interaction between your medicines and our herbs and help me give you good advice on your life style adjustment.
The above preparation can save time and may reduce first visit assessment fee up to $20.
Your are encourage to tell Dr. Hu any kind of sensations aroused while he insert and operate an
acupuncture needle. Your may get sensations at or from the needling point: numb, tight, oppressing, shooting, aching, etc. Certain sensations indicate a promising therapeutic effect. Your cooperation is a great help for Dr. Hu to adjust his needle manipulations.
Needling is the main part of acupuncture therapy. There are others, like ear seed therapy, tuina, cupping, heating. Each one has its advantages to certain conditions. Dr. Hu may combine different therapies to achieve a maximum therapeutic effect with or without increasing your bill.
Depends on which side of body will be needled, you may need to remove all your clothes off except your underwear. You will be covered with one or more pieces of fresh cotton sheets and have the needling area exposed only.
Dr. Hu usually inserts more needles in your affected area and a few needles in your four limbs below the knees and elbows. He use about 15 to 20 needles for most of his patients, sometimes more, sometimes less, according to the complexity of a condition.
There is a period of about 20 minutes for retaining needles in your body.
It is very rare, but happens, and completely preventable. A patient who is hungry, nervous and tired tends to get faint after acupuncture needles removed, specially under a very aggressive manipulation provided by a novice acupuncturist.
To prevent it from happening, don't go for an acupuncture treatment with an empty stomach or a full stomach. Eat a little bit first before leaving home.
After treatment, if you feel dizzy while you sit up from the acupuncture table, please lie down or just sit in the table for a few more minutes, don't jump to the floor, the dizziness will vanish quickly.
Dr. Hu may spend 30 to 50 minutes to collect medical information from you by asking you many questions and if available, analyze results of your lab tests or images, and if necessary, give you a physical check. Then he or his assistant needs about 30 minutes to prepare a herbal formula for you in forms of raw herbs or of instant granules.
You only need to fill your contact and a few private information in a in-take form. Dr. Hu will fill all the rest of the form for you while he investigates your health history.
Please refer to the first visit for acupuncture section above.
How long you need to take herbs depends on your conditions. For some acute condition like inflamed throat, you may only need herbs for 7 days. But for many chronic condition, like eczema, your treatment course will be counted by month.
Since everyone responses to herbs in a different way. Dr. Hu usually only prescribe herbs for one week from the beginning. You are required to come back 7 days later to have your condition re-assessed and have an adjusted formulated herbal compound for another 7 days or longer.
If you have a habit to brush your tongue every day, please don't it many days before you see your herbalist. A layer covering the tongue is call coating which may show in different colors and textures. The appearance of tongue help Dr. Hu to decide what kinds of herbs he could or could not use, and helps he to evaluate the treatment effect.
Our clinic uses both instant herbal granules and raw herbs, each has its advantages for certain conditions.
The instant one is a form of concentrated and processed, which contains effective ingredients of raw herbs. It is more convenient. You prepare it just like you prepare instant coffee.
The raw one is the traditional one. It is better than the instant granules for some severe conditions. It needs be decocted inconveniently, and its taste is not very good to many patients.
Some diseases are better be treated by acupuncture, like pain from soft tissue injury and headache. Some are better be treated by herbs, like UTI and most menstrual disorders. Some are better be treated by combination, like severe arthritis and migraine.
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