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Your First Visit

Before you arrive for your first acupuncture appointment I will ask you to complete a comprehensive intake form. The acupuncture intake form asks questions about your current state of health, past illnesses, and family history. These questions are important because the holistic approach of Oriental medicine takes everything into account. Your current symptoms may not seem related to past health issues, but our bodies are complex landscapes and everything that happens to them leaves its mark.  Download Patient Health History forms (PDF)

After reviewing your intake form, we will discuss your condition, and I will examine your pulse and tongue, which are two of the basic diagnostic methods of Oriental medicine. The acupuncture points I choose will depend on your condition, but you can expect from 4- 20 needles. I use only sterile, disposable needles. Once the needles are inserted, I will leave you to lie comfortably on a warm table under heating lamps for 15-35 minutes with the needles in place. Many people find acupuncture treatment deeply relaxing, and it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during this time.

Loose, comfortable clothing is best, as acupuncture therapy involves palpation and treatment of various parts of the body. Draping will be provided to ensure modesty. Please refrain from wearing excessive jewelry, as some metals may interfere with the efficacy of the therapy. We ask that you refrain from wearing perfume, strongly scented oils or lotions on the days you have treatment.

Dr Regina Touhey Serkin

Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

    NY & MA LAc, MSTOM,              NCCAOM diplomat           

1679 Swamp Rd, Richmond, MA 01254