I understand that methods of treatment may include, but are not limited to, acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, electrical stimulation, Tui-na (Chinese Massage), Chinese herbal medicine, and nutritional counseling. I understand that the herbs may need to be prepared and the teas consumed according to the instruction provided orally and in writing. The herbs may be unpleasant smell or taste. I will immediately notify a member of the clinical staff of any unanticipated or unpleasant effects associated with the consumption of herbs.
I have been informed that acupuncture is generally safe method of treatment, but that it may have some side effect, including bruising, numbness, or tingling near the needling sites that may last a few days, and dizziness, or fainting. Burns/and or scarring is potential risk of moxibustion and cupping, or when treatment involves the use of heat lamps. Bruising is a common side effect of cupping. Unusual risks of acupuncture include spontaneous miscarriage, nerve damage, and organ puncture, including lung puncture. Infection is another possible risk, although the clinic uses sterile needles and maintains a clean and safe environment.
I understand that while this document describes major risks of treatment, other side effects and risks may occur. The herbs and nutritional supplements that have been recommended are traditionally considered safe in the practice of Chinese Medicine, although some may be toxic in large doses. I understand that some herbs may be inappropriate during pregnancy. Some possible side effects of taking herbs are nausea, gas, stomachache, vomiting, headache, diarrhea, rashes, hives, and tingling of the tongue. I will notify a clinical staff member who is caring for me if I am or become pregnant.
I do not expect the clinical staff to be able to anticipate and explain all possible risks and complications of treatment, and I wish to rely on the clinical staff to exercise judgment during course of treatment which the clinical staff thinks at the time, based upon the facts then known is in my best interest. I understand the results are not guaranteed.
I understand the clinical and administrative staff may review my patient records and lab reports, but all my records will be kept confidential and will not be released without my written consent.
Acupuncturist Name: Marina McBrearty