Your First Visit

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What to Expect Your First Acupuncture & Holistic Health Consulting Visit @ ATOSC- Modesto and Stanislaus County.

Learn more about how to prepare and what to expect on your first acupuncture treatment at Acupuncture Therapeutics of Stanislaus County (ATOSC) in Modesto, CA. 

Before Your First Visit

  • Plan for your appointment to last from 1 to 2 hours.
  • Please make sure to shower and clean your body before your visit.
  • Eat a hearty meal and drink plenty of fluids 1-2 hours before your appointment.
  • Plan on wearing loose, comfortable clothing that can be easily rolled up or removed.
  • Plan on removing your shoes and socks, and clothes that may interfere with examination and treatment. For your comfort and convenience we offer a clean medical gown and clean athletic shorts.
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes before appointment time to check in, complete New Patient Forms, and use the restroom.
  • If you're taking any medication or supplements be sure to include this information in the forms you fill in and let your acupuncturist know.
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Initial Consultation & Exam

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  • You will be asked to remove your shoes and socks, and any clothing that may interfere with examination and treatment (a clean medical gown and clean athletic shorts are offered to change into).
  • We will ask you about the nature of your visit and follow up with you on the information you provided in the forms.
  • We may ask you a series of detailed questions about any health problems or symptoms you might be having.
  • We will examine your health using a wide variety of acupuncture and traditional Oriental medicine diagnostic methods including facial, tongue, and pulse diagnosis.
  • We will determine if treatment is appropriate, and discuss treatment options and frequency, financial arrangements, and any other concerns you may have.


  • If acupuncture treatment is decided, it will be provided during the same visit.
  • We will also provide you with nutrition, herbal medicine, and/ or lifestyle consulting, and meditation and exercise instruction, as needed.
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After Your Treatment

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  • Avoid overexertion and plan to take it easy afterwards to give the mind and body time to adjust to the treatment as it can produce strong shifts.
  • Follow all instructions for diet and lifestyle modifcation, meditation and exercise, and dosing with nutritional and herbal medicine supplements.
  • Schedule your next appointment according to the treatment plan established for you.

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