Resources for new patients

Your first visit

Thank you for choosing Point and Balance. We look forward to helping you achieve better health!

We recommend that you wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that allows easy access to arms (up to your elbows) and legs (up to your knees). Try to avoid coming to your appointment on an empty stomach, shortly after a big meal, or after vigorous physical activity. To facilitate diagnosis, you should also abstain from alcohol, tobacco, or food and drink that colors your tongue immediately prior to treatment. We suggest that you arrive a few minutes early to give yourself time to relax. Filling out the Health History Questionnaire and Consent Form (below) in advance is a great way to save time at the appointment.

Your appointment will begin with a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnosis. This includes in-depth questions about your medical history and your symptoms. The acupuncturist will also observe your pulse and your tongue. These procedures are used to arrive at a pattern-based diagnosis, which will give insight into the underlying pathology that is causing your discomfort and help create a comprehensive treatment plan. The goal of TCM is to help your body reach balance – we will treat not only your symptoms, but also their causes.

To learn more about acupuncture and what you can expect during your treatment session, please take a look at our frequently asked questions, as well as our collection of links to online acupuncture resources.


At your first appointment, you will be required to fill out several forms as part of a comprehensive medical evaluation. To save time at the appointment, feel free to complete the following forms in advance and bring them with you:

The information in the forms will help us form a diagnosis and develop a detailed treatment plan for you.


Please note that payment is due at time of service. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards. If you cannot make it to your appointment, please notify us at least 24 hours in advance.

Point and Balance is in network with Cigna, Aetna, Harvard Pilgrim, Neighborhood Health Plan, BMC, Celticare, and United.