First Acupuncture Visit at Yin & Yarrow, St Paul

Step 1: Prior to Your First Visit

a) Click to >> Schedule your appointment

b) Complete the online New Patient Forms which are electronically submitted during the scheduling process.

c) Wear comfortable, loose clothing so your arms and legs can be accessed below your elbows and knees.

d) A snack or light meal an hour before your treatment is recommended.

e) Patient appointments last an average of 60 minutes, so please plan accordingly and leave plenty of time for yourself.

Please refrain from wearing fragrances and smoking before coming in to the studio.

Step 2: Arrival:

Please follow the appointment arrival protocol

  • TEXT (651-412-1123) when you arrive (even if you are early). I will reply when you can come in.
  • Wear a mask for your appointment.
  • When you enter, please use the hand sanitizer on the wall as you enter.
  • Please let me know​ ASAP, and do not come in for your appointment if you 1) have any symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, lack of taste or smell, feel like you are coming down with a cold or flu, or have been exposed to anyone who may have or who has COVID-19.
  • When you come in, you do NOT need to knock or ring the doorbell, just walk in!

Step 3: Payment:

I will take your payment for you

Step 4: Assessment

I like to spend some time getting to know you, learning what your goals are, and what you hope to accomplish with your acupuncture treatments. I will have reviewed your Health History form and may ask some questions if needed to help identify the correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Please feel free during this time to ask any questions you may have.

Step 6: Begin Treatment

  • Remove any watches or bracelets that may interfere with placing needles on your upper limbs
  • Remove your socks
  • Roll up your shirt sleeves and pants to just above the elbows and knees
  • Relax and get comfortable on the treatment table
  • I will also place infrared heat lamp over your feet for warmth if you’d like

Step 7: Treatment

The first treatment is generally administered on your arms and legs below the elbows and knees, ears, head, abdomen, back, shoulders and neck.

Acupuncture insertion is done very quickly to bypass pain receptors at the skin’s surface. While some feel nothing at all, others may experience mild sensitivity to the insertion.

Following insertion, a mild sensation of heaviness or tingling may be experienced during the treatment; this is a desired effect. The needles are left in place for 30 minutes. Most people find the experience relaxing, and some even fall asleep (i.e. needle napping) during their sessions.

After retaining the needles for the desired time, I will remove them and provide any necessary instructions.

Step 8: You’re done and free to go

You can schedule your follow-up visit online or let me know if you’d like to schedule and I’ll be happy to help.

Things to Note

Acupuncture is a safe, effective, drug-free approach for the treatment of a wide range of conditions recognized by the World Health Organization.

Your safety is important to me; I use disposable, sterile, single-use needles with every patient.