Thank you for your interest in One Earth Acupuncture (OEA). We are privileged to share in your journey toward wellness and recovery.
If you’re planning your first visit to OEA, please follow these steps….
1. SCHEDULE – Call or email the office to set up an appointment for your first visit.
2. COMPLETE FORMS – Print the New Patient paperwork. Complete these forms at home and bring them with you. If you’re not sure how to answer any specific question, leave it blank to discuss with the Acupuncturist during your visit.
3. PLAN YOUR ROUTE – A link to Google Maps is here.
4. PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:
Following are suggestions for you to get the maximum the benefit from your Acupuncture treatment:
- Wear loose fitting clothing so that shirt sleeves and pant legs can be comfortably rolled-up to your elbows and knees.
- Continue to take any prescriptions medicines as directed by your medical doctor.
- Avoid being too full or conversely too hungry before the treatment.
- Avoid over-exercise, caffeine or alcohol shortly before or after the treatment.
- Avoid brushing or scraping your tongue at least 2 days prior to your treatment (the practitioner observes your tongue as part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis).
- Avoid wearing perfume, cologne, or any fragrance the day of your visit (other people in the shared space may have allergic sensitivity).
- Maintain good personal hygiene.
- Remember to keep good mental or written notes as to your response to the treatment. This is important information for you to recognize progress and for you to communicate to the practitioner for optimum treatment strategy.
- Plan your day so that after the treatment you can get some rest, or at least not have to be working at top performance. This is especially important for the first few visits.
First Visit and Payment
During your First Visit, the Acupuncturist will meet with you for a brief interview and physical assessment followed by an Acupuncture treatment. The initial session can last from one to one and a half hours. At the first visit you will be advised about your treatment strategy and the recommended frequency of future treatments based upon your assessment.
In the Community Treatment room you will find a comfortable recliner chair or table and other ‘needled’ patients resting. The Acupuncturist will palpate your radial pulse and look at your tongue for diagnostic purposes, then insert the needles. If there needs to be a discussion, it will be brief and in soft-voices. In the event that you need to speak to the Acupuncturist about a highly personal matter prior to your treatment, words can be exchanged privately before entering the Community room.
The new patient fee is $60, payable at the time of your initial visit. The fee for follow-up visits are based on a sliding scale fee of $25 to $45 per treatment (for further explanation read below: Patient Information). One Earth Acupuncture does not accept insurance. If you have insurance that covers acupuncture, you will be provided a receipt so that you can submit it to your insurance company for reimbursement.
All appointments are scheduled (in-person, by phone or email); there are no walk-in patients. We require 24 hours advanced notice of an appointment change or cancellation.
All appointments that are rescheduled or cancelled with less than 24 hour advance notice and appointments missed without notice will be charged a $25.00 fee.
Exceptions are made for severe weather; if you are unsure if the office is open, please call the office (609) 298-8812 or check our Facebook page. Exceptions are also made in cases where you require urgent care from a medical doctor.
If you feel sick on the day of your appointment, you may still keep your appointment but should call and speak to the Acupuncturist to discuss your level of discomfort; in some cases it may be best for you to remain home.
We aspire to conduct business in a manner consistent with our values of care and confidence.
One Earth Acupuncture works to create a safe, comfortable and nondiscriminatory environment for everyone. We welcome people of all gender, race, color, income, national origin, age, sexual orientation, ability or disability. Every person will be treated with the highest quality of care, respectfully and with dignity as described in the NCCAOM Code of Ethics http://www.nccaom.org/regulatory-affairs/code-of-ethics.
One Earth Acupuncture Employees will always protect the confidentiality of information acquired in the course of your care.
There is always room to grow and learn – if you see that we are conducting business in a manner inconsistent with the values laid out here, please let us know personally or in writing – Thank you.
One Earth Acupuncture practices what is known as Community Acupuncture, a process similar to that in traditional Asia where acupuncture has been effectively used for thousands of years. Community Acupuncture means that affordable, effective treatments are provided to patients resting in reclining chairs that are gathered in a large room. This differs from other U.S. acupuncturists who provide treatment to individuals in private treatment rooms for a much higher fee (like $80 to $125 per visit). An unfortunate consequence of this model is that most people cannot afford a prescribed treatment protocol, therefore reducing the usefulness of acupuncture.
The focus of treatment at One Earth is for you to get better and stay better by coming for treatment as often as necessary to achieve and maintain a healthy balance. In Community Acupuncture, the group setting allows the Acupuncturist to see multiple patients more efficiently which, in turn, allows for lower fees.
Most people sleep during treatment and wake feeling refreshed. Generally patients remain needled for about 30 minutes; however, there is no set limit. If you feel ‘done’, open your eyes and give the acupuncturist a meaningful look, and you will be unpinned. If you need to leave the office at a specific time, please inform the acupuncturist prior to your treatment.
In Community Acupuncture, most often acupuncture points are used below the knees and elbows.
If it is absolutely necessary to access your chest, back or abdomen for treatment, you will be treated in a private-area of the room. You will never be asked to disrobe outside of a private area.
About the Sliding Scale Fee
The purpose of the sliding scale fee is to help you make the commitment to receiving regular treatments. The sliding scale is available to everyone regardless of income. It is applied so that you can afford treatment as often as necessary to get better and stay better. The quality of your treatment will never be affected in any way based on how much you pay. More clearly, everyone receives the same attention and time no matter the denomination you pay. Please speak to the Acupuncturist if you need clarification regarding the sliding scale fee.
All of our satisfied patients have made a commitment to a course of treatment. Your commitment to the process of treatment is needed in order to get positive results. Virtually every patient requires a course of treatment, rather than a single treatment, in order to get what they want from acupuncture. On your first visit, the acupuncturist will suggest a course of treatment based upon your presentation and evaluation/diagnosis. For example, “I would like to see you once a week for about twelve weeks” OR “you really need to come 3 times a week for two weeks”.
If you do not come in often enough or long enough, acupuncture will probably not work for you. If you have questions about how long it will take to see results, please ask, or if you think you need to adjust your treatment plan, please let the acupuncturist know.
The soothing atmosphere of One Earth exists because all of the patients create it by relaxing together. This kind of collective stillness is a rare and precious thing in our rushed and busy society. Maintaining this reservoir of calm requires very little talk in the clinic space. If you would like to speak to the practitioner one-on-one at any length, please let us know. If you want to have a substantial conversation, we will probably need to schedule that separately or schedule a phone call.
If you have questions about acupuncture and how it works, we can refer you to a reference material. Unfortunately, the acupuncturist cannot explain what every point does, or how acupuncture works while you are being treated because these are very large topics.