Patient Care and Treatment Plans
My training is based in Classical Chinese medicine.
Classical Chinese medicine (CCM) is a variety of Chinese medicine that seeks to reconnect with the foundational texts and original practices of this ancient medicine. These source texts and original practices are primary to how we diagnose and treat our patients. We seek to treat the root cause of an illness and approach each patient as a new and unique case.
CCM produces great results and the patients stay healthier, longer.
In my treatments, I generally like to incorporate acupuncture with bodywork for many of my patients. After the first few treatments with a client, I will usually recommend a customized herbal formula to support the work we’ve been doing and further the healing process.
These three modalities: acupuncture, bodywork, and herbs, provide an integrated and comprehensive treatment plan for my patients.
When a patient comes to Groundswell for the first time, I usually spend some time going over their intake form and discussing any important areas. I may ask some follow-up questions or simply clarify some of the information. I also like to hear if my patients have any questions or concerns. This appointment is for my patients and they can discuss whatever they like in their treatment session.
I like to know what the treatment goals are of my patients.
Your health goals and even your life goals are very important to help give me a better understanding of the long-term treatment plan, toward which we will be working.
After the initial intake, I will feel your pulse.
The Chinese system of pulse taking is complex – all organ systems can be felt using the pulse at the wrist. I am feeling for rate and rhythm as well as particular qualities of the pulse – is it strong or weak? Is it soft, hard, wiry, choppy? Feeling the pulse can help me decide where to direct my acupuncture treatment as well as the possible herbal formula to apply later on.
After feeling the pulse, I will look at the tongue.
This may seem odd at first, but it is very helpful in showing what diagnostic signs the body may be presenting. I look at the color, the body, the coating, and the different regions of the tongue. It’s important that you don’t brush or scrape your tongue before coming in to an appointment. Also, before the appointment, try to stay away from colorful drinks or colorful foods (turmeric for example), as these will alter the color of the tongue coating.
I use a few different modalities in my treatment.
This could include acupuncture, Shiatsu, Sotai, cupping, moxibustion, or perhaps even cranial sacral therapy or essential oils. Treatments can take anywhere from 30-60 minutes depending on your needs.
After your treatment, we can discuss how to proceed.
I usually recommend several treatments in a row – preferably every 1-2 weeks for 6-8 weeks. This helps establish a good base of support for future work. After some stability is achieved, I typically see people every 4 weeks. Depending on your needs, we can adjust a custom herbal formula over the next few weeks. Regardless of your treatment frequency, you will likely be asked to purchase and take herbs throughout your treatment plan. Some patients do not require such steady herbal treatment, but most do.
The vast majority of patients with chronic problems will need to be seen for at least a year, at least monthly, and take herbs the entire time. For people with very complex disease patterns or who are on very strong pharmaceutical medications, the treatment time can be longer. For patients with simple, usually acute, problems – treatment can be quite a bit faster.
During the entire time you are being treated, you will be receiving the very highest level of care.
Along with acupuncture and herbs, I will make dietary and supplement recommendations, assist you through any habit or lifestyle changes that need to be made, keep you informed with regular newsletters and other information, as well as being available to you by phone and email. Once your major problems are under control, you should come back for a 2-3 week course of herbal treatment and acupuncture about once every 3-4 months. This helps ensure that you stay on the right track and achieve optimal vitality.
Logistical points about the clinic
- I do process credit cards, but prefer cash or check. Make checks out to Groundswell Acupuncture.
- I have a patient newsletter available on the website – you can sign up in the side bar of the homepage.
- I strive to return all phone calls within 24 hours – email is a better way to assure a quick response.