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Sun: 10-2
Mon: 2-6
Tues: 10-2
Wed: 10-1 & 3-6
Thur: 10-1 & 3-6 
Fri: 10-2
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Your Responsibilities

 

Please understand, we do not provide primary care medicine.

Acupuncture is a wonderful complement to Western medicine, but it is not a substitute for it. If you have, or think you may have a potentially serious condition such as an infection, unexplained weight loss or gain, consistent chest pain, a suspected fracture or dislocation, severe sudden abdominal pain, unexplained bleeding, respiratory distress, etc., or if you want a doctor to go over the details of your medical history, you should either visit your primary care physician or go to the local emergency room, as appropriate. We'd be happy to provide referrals for very capable doctors in the Charleston area. Please do not expect us to diagnose and treat something life threatening. We can provide care for a multitude of conditions very effectively. However, acupuncture is not primary care medicine. 

Flexibility

The community setting does require some flexibility from you. For instance, some patients have a favorite recliner. When we are busy, someone may be in your favorite chair. Similarly, we have a few patients who may snore. Patients who can't relax with someone snoring can bring earplugs to their treatments. Be creative. We are grateful for this! If you want, you can bring a favorite clean pillow or blanket from home for your treatment. Basically, we need you to make yourself comfortable before we arrive to treat you. So grab a blanket, kick off your shoes and make yourself at home.

Commitment

Acupuncture is most often a process. It is unrealistic to expect long standing health issues to resolve after three or four visits. A typical course of treatment for long-standing conditions in China is acupuncture every other day for three months! Thankfully, most folks do not need such an intense regimen. However, almost all people will require some course of treatment varying in length and frequency, depending on their individual needs. Part of the reason that we are able to keep our prices so low is because of the extraordinary amount of marketing our patients do on our behalf - we do very little advertising otherwise. We are so grateful for this. In fact, truth be told if it were not for happy and vocal patients, this clinic would cease to be. Our patients are such effective marketers because they have first-hand experience of how well acupuncture works. Almost all of our satisfied patients basically made a commitment to a course of treatment. On your first visit, we will suggest a course of treatment, which can be anything from "we would like to see you twice a week for four weeks" to "we would really like to see you every day for the next three days". This suggestion is based on our experience treating different kinds of conditions. If you don't come in often enough or long enough, acupuncture probably won't work for you. The purpose of our sliding scale is to help you make that commitment. If you have questions about how long it will take to see results, please ask us, or if you think you need to adjust your treatment plan, please let us know. We need you to commit to the process of treatment in order to get the results we both want for you.   

Finally, a word about the treatment rooms ... The treatment room is intended to remain a quiet space for you and others to rest, sleep and sort it all out. Its atmosphere exists through our patients relaxing together. We appreciate everyone's presence...we find this kind of collective stillness a rare and valuable thing in our rushed and isolating society. Maintaining this reservoir of calm requires that no one talk very much in the clinic space including us. We ask that any speaking be done in a whisper or very low tone of voice. If you would like to speak to your acupuncturist one-on-one at any length, please let us know. We can arrange for time in the office.  Unfortunately, we can't explain Chinese medical theory or how acupuncture works while we are treating you - these are very large topics! We will do our best to address any and all concerns you may have before treatment begins. If you have questions about acupuncture and how it works, feel free to borrow a book, or go to our website and look for the 'links' section, which will bring you lots of informative websites. Part of our success relies on our patients learning the "routine" and taking on responsibility for their appointments. Re-scheduling and making payment happens at the front desk before each follow-up treatment, so you can relax and enjoy treatment without concern for details afterwards (the exception is today - your first visit). Take all personal belongings (bags, shoes, etc.) with you back into the treatment rooms where there will be a basket available behind/next to your recliner to put it in. We cannot be responsible for items left in the clinic after your visit. And of course, please turn off your cell phone or pager before coming into the treatment room, please. We hope you'll find yourself comfortable here and we encourage you to enjoy your time while playing an important part in changing the way health care is delivered in our city and country.         

    

843.763.7200 | Email Us | Charleston Community Acupuncture

1307 Savannah Highway Charleston, SC 29407