Traditional Five-Element Constitutional Acupuncture - Diane Lauer, L.Ac., M.Ac. (843) 685-7018
              The Initial Visit

     Before you come to your first visit, take some time to think about what you hope to achieve from your acupuncture treatments.  What are your expectations, questions, or concerns about receiving acupuncture?
We will discuss all of these things.
     The more openly we communicate, the more effective your treatments can be.  There is more to good or poor health than the presence or absence of pain.  Our state of mind and emotional well- being contribute equally to our complete health, and can also be affected
                                       by acupuncture.

Check In With Your Body
      To hear what your body is saying, you need to pay attention.  Before you come in, begin to
notice how you are feeling each day.  With respect to your particular complaint, think about when it first appeared.  Is it a new condition or a recurring one?  What brought it on?  What triggers it?
Is it getting worse?  What aggravates it?  What relieves it?  What time of day or season does it bother you the most?
       Pain and discomfort are very generic terms.  Chinese medicine recognizes subtle distinctions in different types of pain.  Burning pain is not the same as pain that has a stabbing quality.  Consider which of these descriptive words might apply to your pain:  sharp, dull and achy, constant, burning, contracting/tight, heavy, radiating (from where), intermittent, stabbing,
distending, numbness, pins and needles, no feeling, wandering, pounding or another quality.
       As you become conscious of your body, you may well be surprised by some of the things you discover. The more you become involved with your own health and responsible for your own body, the better you will feel.

Preparing For Your First Treatment

   -   Have something light to eat before your treatment. Acupuncture is
        not performed on individuals who are fasting. This could cause
        dizziness or nausea.  Treatment on an overly full stomach is also not
        optimal.  Acupuncture will not be performed on intoxicated persons.
   -    It is best not to schedule your treatment either directly before or after
        heavy physical activity.

   -    Although acupuncture points are found all over the body, many of the
        most commonly used ones are located on the arms and legs.  For
        this reason, it is advisable to wear loose, light clothing that can be
        rolled up to the knees and elbows.

  -    Bring a list of any medications you are taking, including any prescriptions, over-the-
       counter medications, herbal supplements, and vitamins.




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