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First Visit

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
– Lao-tzu

Initial visits either in office or online are 60-75 minutes long. Dr. Melissa will take a detailed health history, perform a physical exam, and provide you with your unique treatment plan.

During your first exam, she will spend time getting to know you and your health concerns. You may be asked a wide range of questions about your symptoms, eating, exercise, sleep habits, emotional states and anything that may offer insight into your health.

Dr. Melissa will also employ diagnostic tools that are unique to TCM such as tongue and facial diagnosis.

Your treatment plan

Once we have gathered enough information, you’ll receive a comprehensive diagnosis and a treatment plan that will explain:

  • Your underlying imbalances
  • Your time line of care
  • What types of treatment you will receive

Getting the most out of treatment

For the best treatment results, keep a few things in mind:

  • Please show up on time
  • Don’t eat a large meal before your visit
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothes
  • Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns with your provider
  • Refrain from overexertion, drugs or alcohol for at least six hours after treatment
  • Follow your treatment plan between visits
  • Keep all of your appointments, as each visit builds upon the previous ones

How treatment works

To treat any Qi imbalances, specific acupoints will be stimulated along the meridian pathways either manually or with electricity. Your practitioner will concentrate on acupoints related to specific organs, based on your unique issues and symptoms.

Your provider may include other related therapies in your treatment plan, such as ear seeds, clinical aromatherapy, facial cupping, Gua Sha or moxibustion. Herbal remedies are another important aspect of TCM, and it is important to understand and follow your practitioner’s directions in order to get the most benefit from these treatments.

Your role in the healing process

Your actions are a key component of your treatment plan. Focusing on your health and committing to a healthy lifestyle are the best steps you can take for your well-being. Together, you and your provider can heal your imbalances and help you achieve harmony and balance.

Even after your symptoms are resolved, TCM can assist you in maintaining your health, and possibly prevent future imbalances. The more you incorporate  TCM into your life, the more you’ll learn to nurture your body, mind and spirit.

TCM is not an instant fix.

True healing takes time and dedication. Depending on your current health and symptoms, you could feel better right away, or you may need treatments for weeks, months or years to achieve the results you want. Your provider can give you an idea of what to expect. With a little patience and an open mind, you’ll be on your way to health and vitality.

TCM offers a safe and effective holistic health care system. This natural approach can both resolve symptoms and enhance your overall health.

By taking the right steps and planting the seeds of health, you are on the road to a healthier you!

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