New Acupuncture Patient Process
Once you have scheduled your initial appointment, please download and fill out the new patient forms. The forms can be submitted in the following ways:
- E-mail new patient forms to Karen Reynolds at: [email protected].
Please place in the subject line for the e-mail: NEW PATIENT COMPLETED FORMS FOR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT ON __/__/___ date.
- Fax new patient forms to Karen Reynolds at her confidential fax number at: (415) 737-0371.
- Print out forms and bring the hard copies with you for your first session.
- Fill out forms at the office on the day of your first session*Please note: you will need arrive 20 minutes early to have time to complete the forms prior to the session. This saves you from a reduction in session time.*
Initial Intake Process
During the first session you will meet with Karen Reynolds for an Initial Intake. The intake involves what is called a systems review of topics such as your primary complaints, health problems, pain, injuries, surgeries, medications etc. There is a thorough interview about the usual patterns of your body such as: Appetite, Digestion, Sleep, Energy, Frequency of colds/flus, Exercise, Subjective Body Temperature etc. An acupuncture session follows the Initial Intake. See below for more details.
Following the Initial Intake or the abbreviated intake if it is a return visit, there is an acupuncture session in which you relax on a treatment table. In addition to acu-points chosen specifically for your system and needs, a topical warming process called Moxabustion is used. Moxabustion makes use of the Chinese herb Artemisiae Argyi also known as Mugwort. The Mugwort rests on the skin over the acu-point and is warmed or it is held within a metal warmer, which rolls over the skin. Treatments are highly relaxing and most patients fall asleep while on the treatment table.