Frequently Asked Questions
What is Chinese Medicine?
How should I schedule my appointments?
How long do the appointments last?
The first appointment includes two parts consisting of an initial intake and a treatment. The initial intake is a comprehensive interview to determine a diagnosis and a treatment plan. The subsequent treatment is the first step in implementing that diagnosis and strategy. Plan on 90 minutes for the first appointment and 45 to 60 minutes for follow-up visits.
Will I have to undress for my treatment?
Do you have any recommendations for before and after my visits?
Why are Chinese herbs part of my treatment?
Chinese herbs combine synergistically with acupuncture and have been safely used for over 2,500 years to accelerate the healing process. Balance Point Health prescribes herbs from companies offering the highest quality ingredients. All the products are subject to stringent testing and are FDA and GMP-compliant. Like acupuncture, herbs work best when taken consistently at the recommended dose. Any recommended dietary supplements are based on modern research. You may also find other brands and can purchase your herbs and supplements wherever you choose.
What are Chinese herbs, and how are they prescribed?
Chinese herbs come in various forms including raw herbs, granulated herbs and
ready-made pills and tablets. Practitioners prescribe herbal formulas based on an
individualized pattern differentiation and disease diagnosis. The patient receives a
custom written prescription designed to treat the individual symptoms, while also
addressing the patient’s underlying constitutional pattern.
What's in an herbal prescription, and how is it consumed?
Chinese herbs contain many natural substances, such as bark, flowers, roots, leaves, twigs and stems. Occasionally herbal prescriptions may include ingredients from the animal and mineral kingdoms. Herbal formulas are typically decocted by the patient and made into tea. This involves boiling herbs for 45-60 minutes, straining and consuming them several times daily. Powdered extracts and pills are options for those unable to make herbal teas. The custom formula also allows the maximum practitioner flexibility in writing prescriptions for individual patients. This way, the patient can take modified formulas daily if conditions rapidly change.