What To Expect At Your First Acupuncture Appointment

    • Please drink water and eat some protein within 2 hours of your appointment. Both dehydration and low blood sugar can cause patients to feel light-headed during or after their treatment and may increase sensitivity to the needle sensation.
    • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Pants should be loose enough to be easily pulled above the knee. Feel free to bring a change of pants to the office if this is more convenient. I am also happy to use sheets to drape you if you need to remove tight clothing when you arrive for your appointment.
    • Please come prepared to pay for your treatment with cash, check, debit card, or credit card. To use insurance, you need to have submitted your insurance information to me ahead of time (so I can check your benefits).
    • Complete your new patient paperwork online!  Within your appointment confirmation email there is a link called “Manage my Appointment” which will take you to the online paperwork. If you have any questions, feel free to email me.
    • Please do not brush your tongue or eat colored candy/foods that stain (e.g. beets) prior to your appointment, but don’t worry if you forget.

    • New Patient Intake: At your first appointment, I will go through your intake paperwork and ask you detailed questions about your health concerns, health history, current symptoms, diet, and lifestyle. This will take anywhere from 30-45 minutes.
    • Pulse Check: When I feel your pulse, I am feeling for much more than just heart rate. Per Traditional Chinese Medicine, your internal organs each have a unique resonance which can be felt in your pulse. The organs are mapped onto different positions on each wrist as a microsystem of the body. I am looking at rate, strength, depth (superficial, mid, and deep), and quality of the pulse in 6 different positions (3 on each side). This takes several minutes and helps me to reach an accurate diagnosis and to track your improvement.
    • Tongue Check: This may seem strange initially, but you will come to start thinking it is fun to check out how your tongue changes day-to-day! The tongue gives a sense of your internal state. Different areas of the tongue represent different areas of the body (microsystem again). I look at the shape, color, coating, texture, and any lines or cracks. I also look at the veins underneath your tongue (Hint: dark and distended veins under the tongue indicate stagnation or stuck energy. If you notice this on your tongue, go jog, or exercise with some intensity and recheck your tongue when you finish— the veins should look smaller and lighter!)
    • Acupuncture Treatment:  It is normal to be anxious at your first treatment but there is nothing to fear. Insertion of needles is often painless, and any minor discomfort is momentary. Generally, an acupuncture treatment requires the needles be retained between 15 and 40 minutes. During that time you can nap, listen to music or a guided meditation, or enjoy some silence. I may include moxa, or other modalities before, during or after the acupuncture portion of your treatment. You will enjoy all the comforts of the Amaluna Experience. 
    • Please feel free to ask questions at any time during your appointment, however, out of respect for all patients, appointment times will not be extended.
    • Payment and scheduling next appointment. Payment is due at the time of service unless insurance payment has been arranged. I accept cash, personal check, and all major credit and debit cards. Returned checks will incur a $25 fee.


I recommend drinking plenty of water and taking it easy for a few hours after your treatment. Strenuous physical exercise is best done before your treatment and not directly after. It is perfectly normal to feel any of the following after your appointments:

    • Relaxed or “spacey”. Some, jokingly call this “acu-high” as it can be a euphoric sensation. You might want to sit down and drink some water before driving if you feel this way.
    • Energized. Treatments can stimulate energy flow within you leaving you feeling quite invigorated.
    • Sore. It is possible you may experience some soreness at sites of insertion or in joints or muscles post-treatment, particularly if the treatment was for pain control. Tenderness should subside within 24 hours.
    • You will receive an email within a week of your first appointment with a PDF in-depth treatment plan. I will make recommendations for lifestyle and diet changes, as well as supplements/herbal products to support your healing process.

 

What To Expect At Your First Functional Medicine Appointment

    • Pay your deposit to hold your appointment. I require a 50$ deposit to hold all functional medicine appointent consultations. This will be credited towards the full cost of your appointment.
    • Complete your new patient paperwork online!  Within your appointment confirmation email there is a link called “Manage my Appointment” which will take you to the online paperwork. If you have any questions, feel free to email me.
    • Email or fax lab work. If you have labwork you’d like me to review (recommended), please email caitlin@amalunawellness.com, fax 855-600-2830 or print and bring it to your first appointment. I prefer you email or fax to save paper.

    • I ask a lot of questions. We will sit down together or I will call you at our scheduling time. I will ask you to tell me what your goals are for our work together. Then we will go through a detailed health history and I will ask you about meds, supplements, symptoms, diet, lifestyle, habits, etc.
    • Physical Exam or Tongue Check. I will do a brief physical exam if it’s relevant to your symptoms and you’re in the office, and I will check your tongue and pulse to help pick an appropriate Chinese herbal formula if indicated. For distance consults, I may ask you to send a photo of your tongue.
    • Please feel free to ask questions at any time during your appointment, however, out of respect for all patients, appointment times will not be extended.

    • Payment and scheduling next appointment. Payment is due at the time of service. I accept cash, personal check, and all major credit and debit cards. Returned checks will incur a $25 fee. We will schedule your next appointment.
    • Treatment Plan. After your initial appointment, I will write up an in-depth treatment plan. This will include recommendations for nutrition, supplements, vitamins, herbs, adjunctive therapies, referrals, labwork, lifestyle and habit changes, and more. I will email you this PDF 24-48 hours before your follow-up appointment.
    • Follow-ups. During your first follow-up session, we will go through your treatment plan. I can answer questions, explain my thinking and reasoning more in-depth, and make any adjustments needed. You can pick up herbs and supplements and schedule acupuncture (if recommended) at this time. For non-local patients, you will be emailed access to the online pharmacy where you can order recommended products. I will ship you any needed test kits with instructions for getting labs done.