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Your First Visit

       When you arrive for your first acupuncture appointment I will ask you to complete a comprehensive intake form. The 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.

       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 approximately 10-20 needles. Once the needles are inserted, I will leave you to lie comfortably for 20-40 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.

How should I prepare for my first visit?

       Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and make sure you have eaten at least an hour before your appointment. It is also very important that you are well hydrated with water a few hours prior to acupuncture.  It is advised to use the restroom before I insert needles.  In addition, be sure to download the new patient welcome packet on the Appointments page and complete the forms and bring them with you to your appointment.




Dr. Nicole M. Myers, D.Ac., L.Ac, Clinical Whole Foods Nutritionist

5325 E. Pima Street
Tucson, AZ 85712