What to Expect at Your First Visit

We will begin your first acupuncture visit with an extensive health history form, which includes family and personal medical history. We will review any signs and symptoms you have experienced in the last 6 months. After reviewing your health history form we will ask additional questions to help understand what you are feeling and experiencing on both a physical and emotional level. During this comprehensive consultation, we’ll assess your health condition and formulate an individualized treatment plan, unique to you. We will work to correct the root cause of your problems, in addition to relieving symptoms.

An acupuncture treatment is typically experienced as relaxing and pleasant. Very fine disposable sterile needles are placed gently into the acupuncture points and retained for 20-30 minutes. Once the needles are in place there is no discomfort and most people experience deep relaxation and often fall asleep. The number of treatments necessary depends on the complexity of the problem. Typically for chronic conditions a person is treated 1-2 times per week. After the fourth treatment we discuss the benefits that have been gained by the treatment. If your signs and symptoms are improving then we will continue weekly treatments until the condition is resolved or considerably improved.

How to Prepare for Your First Visit

  • The day of your visit make sure you had something to eat and drink
  • Do not wear fragrances
  • Do not brush your tongue
  • Bring a list of all prescription medications, nutritional and herbal supplements, and any over the counter medications you are taking
  • Bring any recent lab work or imaging reports
  • Print and fill out the health history form (select Button that says, “PRINT HEALTH HISTORY FORM”) or you may arrive 15 minutes early for your appointment
  • Wearing loose clothing is helpful
  • Schedule your appointment online (select Button that says, “MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT” or you may call the office at 406-257-9615.

Services, Fees and Clinic Hours

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Dr. Sara Marie

Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine