Thank you for choosing Dr. Kachina Smith. Acupuncture is a holistic medicine. Services can include acupuncture point stimulation with single-use thin filiform (solid) needles, moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, Chinese nutritional counseling and lifestyle recommendations as well. For more information about each, read the Acupuncture page and our FAQs .
Deciding to choose acupuncture as a way to optimize you and your health is an excellent one and requires some commitment. To get the most benefit from treatment, you should be willing to make the commitment to improving your health.
At the beginning of your series of treatments, it is best to start with weekly visits. As you progress in treatment, your frequency of visits may change to bi-weekly, and later to monthly for preventative maintenance.
What can I expect at the first visit?
Your first visit will last two hours. Your first visit is your initial assessment, consultation, brief physical exam and treatment. In preparation for your visit, please:
Wear comfortable clothing that may be easy for you to change in and out of.
Do not drink coffee less than two hours before your appointment time and also do not eat a meal within 1 hour prior.
Do not wear any cologne or perfume this visit.
Do not brush your tongue prior to your appointment.
Should I bring anything with me?
A list of your medications and supplements with dosage
Any relevant imaging reports (not films) if related to your treatment
Your most recent lab results if you are currently being treated by your doctor for cancer or any blood or endocrine condition
Contact information for your primary care practitioner for future correspondence if necessary.
Forms will be provided upon request for insurance reimbursement. HSA, FSA, and all major credit cards are accepted. Payment is due at time of service. It is strongly recommended that you confirm with your insurance provider your coverage for acupuncture services.