Kate McCarthy Acupuncture, Arvigo Maya Abdominal Massage, Herbal Medicine, Albany, Berkeley, California 94606 | Questions & Answers

Questions & Answers

‘An Acupuncturist views each individual as a dynamic, integrated whole, observing how signs and symptoms weave together in order to understand the underlying,energetic profile of a person’s health.’

What to Expect

During your initial exam a full health history will be taken. Please download the new patient information packet, fill it out and bring it with you to your first visit. We will discuss symptoms, health, diet and lifestyle. Using the key diagnostic tools of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I will check your pulses, look at your tongue and may conduct a physical exam.

Pulses: there are 12 pulse positions on each wrist, each position corresponds to a specific meridian and organ.

Tongue: the tongue is a map of the body. It reflects general health of the organs and meridians.

This information is then organized to create a complete, accurate and comprehensive diagnosis of where Qi has become blocked or imbalanced. After the interview process, which can take up to an hour, you will receive an acupuncture treatment. Please plan on a minimum of 90 minutes for your first consultation. Please plan one hour for subsequent treatments.

What do I need to do prior to coming in? 

First Visit Checklist

  • Fill out the New Patient Information.pdf
  • If you brush your tongue, please refrain for 24 hours before coming in
  • Please do not eat large meal just before or after your visit, but please do have a snack before treatments, if you are hungry
  • Come in with any questions you may have
  • Feel free to bring your lab tests and if trying to conceive, please bring your BBT chart
  • Wear loose comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points

Return Visit Checklist

  • Take notes or observe for yourself any changes that may have occurred, such as the alleviation of pain, pain moving to other areas, or changes in frequency and type of problems.
  • Come in with any questions you may have

What can I expect during the treatment?

Where the acupuncture needle has been inserted, you may experience a vague numbness, heaviness, tingling or dull ache. Sometimes people experience a sensation of energy spreading and moving around the needle. This is called the ‘qi sensation’. All of these reactions are good and a sign that the treatment is working. After the treatment, you may feel energized or may experience a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.

Call me for a free 15-minute phone consultation. I look forward to hearing about your health goals and to talking about whether Accupuncture, Arvigo Therapy, or a blend of modalities is right for you.


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