PREPARATIONS, EXPECTATIONS AND COSTS
How to prepare?
Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Bring any relevant medical records and a list of medications, if any. Make sure you have eaten some food, ideally a light meal with some protein prior to a visit. Try to not consume excessive amounts of caffeine prior to a treatment.
What to expect?
A typical treatment will last 45 minutes. The first session may last a bit longer due to a more extensive intake. I will ask you about your chief complaint and then a lot of general questions. I will feel the pulse on both wrists and look at your tongue. These and other traditional diagnostic tools may be used in order to get a picture of your constitution and specific condition in order to arrive at a diagnosis.
Gentle needling will then be performed, often accompanied by some body work. Don’t worry. Acupuncture needles are single-use, stainless steel needles, the width of a human hair.
According to your particular condition, dietary and lifestyle changes may be recommended. Additionally, herbs may be prescribed. I carry only high quality herbs from Spring Wind Herb Company, or I grow them myself.
How much will it cost?
I work on a sliding scale. The low end of the pay scale is $25. The high end is $55. I simply ask people to assess their income, consider the value of what I offer, and pay what you can within this scale. If herbs are prescribed, they may cost between $7 and $15 per week. In an emergency or special circumstance I am flexible with time and money. If you have a chicken or a box of veggies I”ll accept that, too! Please don’t hesitate to call. I have pursued my training as a life path in order to be a useful part of my community.