Please carefully read through this information to best prepare for your treatment.
For new patients, please complete all necessary forms found in your Patient Portal. Or, arrive 15 minutes early to complete. This will ensure adequate time for you to you receive proper treatment.
What to wear
Please wear loose fitting clothing that can be rolled up or down. Sweat pants, skirts, tank tops, etc. are the most convenient. Feel free to bring such clothes with you and change when you get to the clinic. Many of the needles may be placed in your extremities, and easy access is helpful for treatment.
What about food?
It is vital that you are neither hungry, nor too full during your acupuncture treatment. Even if you do not feel hungry, you should make sure that you have eaten something within 2-3 hours of the appointment. Acupuncture can be dangerous if blood sugar is too low.
Notify us if you are feeling sick:
Infections and illnesses, such as colds, flu’s, ear infections, and allergies, are easily treated if addressed within the first 24 hours of onset. If not immediately addressed, these conditions may delay your movement toward healing, and it could be complicated by your current herbal formula. It is essential to let your acupuncturist know of such illnesses.
What about alcohol, marijuana or pain killers?
Please avoid alcohol, marijuana and pain killers before your treatment. These substances can inhibit your body from receiving the full effects of acupuncture and create other problems.
Coffee is best avoided before treatment as it can stimulate your sympathetic nervous system (fight-or-flight), inhibiting relaxation and reducing the effectiveness of treatment.
Please turn off your cell phone.
It will help you relax and receive the full benefits of the treatment. This is your time and no one else’s. Make it count.
What should I bring to my first visit?
Completed New Patient Forms located in your Patient Portal. If you have in the past or are currently receiving treatment from a medical doctor, please bring a copy of any relevant medical records. This may include, blood labs, pathology reports, list of prescribed pharmaceuticals etc. This is especially important for patients with cancer, autoimmune disorders and other serious and chronic diseases. Please contact me if you have any questions about what you need to bring.
Avoid scheduling acupuncture before or after something really strenuous. You don’t need to be sedentary on either side of an appointment, but nor should you be going nuts at the gym or suffering through an extremely stressful meeting. Also avoid sandwiching—squeezing in acupuncture immediately between two other events.
Sharing information about acupuncture treatment with your western (MD) physician
I encourage you to be as open as possible about discussing acupuncture or herbal treatments with your physician. It is important that your physician knows that factors other than his/her treatments may be affecting your condition. Ultimately, the patients benefit the most with integrated care. I am happy to talk to and work with any physician who has questions about Chinese medicine or the intended treatment specifically. I do not encourage patients to use Chinese medicine as a substitute for standard physician care. Both medical systems working in tandem often provide optimal results.
Nervous about needles?
People who have high levels of anxiety surrounding acupuncture may benefit from other treatment modalities that we provide, such as herbs, massage, acupressure or moxabustion. Please inform me of any apprehension you may have regarding acupuncture treatment. I am also happy to refer you to other practitioners that might better suit your needs. Generally people find acupuncture to be a highly pleasurable experience with minimal, if any, discomfort.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
Jordan New is a Denver based Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine specialist. He received a Masters degree in Tradition Chinese Medicine at CSTCM in Denver, Colorado. The healing treatments utilize acupuncture, tui na massage, Chinese herbal medicine, fire cupping, and moxibustion. Chinese medicine is a widely used form of alternative medicine that has been healing people for thousands of years.