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Is it safe to combine Acupuncture with Western Medicine?

Under most circumstances it is safe to combine acupuncture with prescription drugs and other conventional and alternative treatments. It is important for your primary care physician to be aware of and to monitor how your acupuncture treatment may be affecting your conventional therapies. Generally, alternative therapies are best done on a different day than your acupuncture treatment to allow the treatment to have it’s full effect. Supplements and herbs may have more of  an interaction with your Western meds, make certain that your prescribing practitioner understands these interactions.

Do I still see my doctor and take my medications?

YES! Please continue to follow your doctor’s advice. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is an adjunct to your care. Treatments may lead to a reduction in the need for medication, however, reduction or elimination of prescribed medications must be done by your doctor. I am happy to consult with your physician.

How do I get the most out of my treatment?

  • Come to your appointment neither hungry or overly full.

  • Wear comfortable clothes.

  • Please refrain from wearing any strong perfumes or scented products.

  • Ideally, choose a day when you can give your body time to process the treatment. Normal activities are fine, just listen to what your body is asking for. Rest or be active as you are called to.

  • On the day of treatment refrain from alcohol, non-prescription drugs and extremes of temperature such as saunas or steams and heavy exercise or aerobics: let your newly cultivated Qi work inside of your body for healing rather than spending it all in a flash!

  • Stay hydrated.

  • Stay connected to nature. If you just cannot find the time for a walk outside, notice the sky, trees, bird song, feel of the air on your skin, even just in moments such as on your way through the parking lot if it’s a busy day! 

  • Notice changes from the time you start treatment, both anticipated and unanticipated.

I invite you to schedule an initial visit and begin treatment. If you have specific questions about what acupuncture may have to offer you, please contact me. If you would like to meet me and visit my office I offer a complementary 15 minute consultation.

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