|How do I make an appointment to see Claudette Baker?
All new patients must make an initial appointment by calling the Glenview Healing Arts Center at 847-998-8860, then download and complete the new patient intake forms which can be found under the "forms" tab on this website. These forms can also be mailed, emailed or faxed to you by calling our office. Please bring copies of pertinent lab reports to your initial appointment.
What should I expect during my first appointment?
The initial appointment is about 90 minutes long; a 30-60 minute consultation and a 30 minute acupuncture treatment. During the consultation Ms. Baker will discuss your health history and reason for seeking Oriental Medicine. An individual treatment plan will then be designed, consisting of acupuncture, herbal recommendations and life style suggestions.
What should I expect during the acupuncture treatment?
Acupuncture needles are very thin and elicit a 'qi' sensation or minor/fleeting twinges of energy when the needles are initially inserted. Typically, the treatment is both relaxing and painless. Needles are retained for approximately 30 minutes while laying on a warm amethyst BioMat, that improves the circulation of blood and lymph, reduces inflammation and pain. For more information on the BioMat, go to www.cbaker.thebiomatcompany.us
What should I expect after my first appointment?
People ususally report feeling very relaxed yet energetic after treatments, although sometimes they report needing to rest afterwards. We encourage you to listen to your body. Please avoid vigorous excercise 2 hours before or after treatments to allow your body to make the necessary calibrations towards balance. Because no two people or conditions are identical, it is impossible to predict with certainty how long it will take to attain good health or for the pain to dissipate. It will greatly depend upon compliance and the lifestyle changes that each person makes to accomodate the healing process.
What are Chinese herbs?
Chinese herbs help the body regain its normal functon and vitality. The form of herbs we use are usually capsules, tablets or instant teas which are all easy to take. All herbs and supplements meet FDA regulatons and GMP Guidelines and do not contain pharmaceutical drugs.
How many acupuncture treatments will I need?
Most patients receive acupuncture treatments weekly unless there is severe pain which requires two or three sessions a week for a short period of time. If the condition is chronic, it may take 6 to 10 sessions before juding whether the treatments are effective, however, many people see results after a few sessions. It is important to follow recommendations and to have regular acupuncture treatments for optimal results.
What can I do to ensure that my treatments are effective?
- Be committed to your weekly appointments. Acupuncture treatments are cumulative and will be more effective if you are consistent during the course of treatment. It is necessary to assess the changes that occur from week to week, which is why the treatments may be slightly different from time to time. Missing an occasional week is not problematic, providing you continue taking the herbs while you are away.
- Take herbs and supplements as directed. Chinese herbal medicine has been SAFELY used for thousands of years with great success. The formulas and protocols are well thought out and are most successful if you follow the plan designed for you. The herbs are re-assessed each week. They may need to be modified or changed during different times of the month or for acute illness or injury. Please contact the clinic if you have any questions or difficulties with them. We prefer that you do not wait until your next scheduled appointment, as we may need to adjust the protocol.
- The success of the treatments depends not only on the expertise of the practitioner, but also on the level of your participation in the treatment plan. These time-tested natural health practices yield wonderful results when practiced on a daily basis. If many lifestyle changes are suggested, they can be made over weeks and sometimes moths. The overall goal is to be successful. We will help to prioritize the changes and support you in your process.
What ailments and/or conditions can be effectively treated with acupuncture?
The World Health Organization has recognized acupuncture and Oriental medicine as effective for over 43 common ailments including allergies, arthritis, asthma, depression, hypertension, indigestion, infertility, menopause, migraine headaches, pain, PMS, side-effects to cancer treatments, and post-operative pain and nausea, to name just a few.
Which brands of herbs and supplements do you carry?
We carry a wide variety of herbs and supplements including: Blue Poppy, Douglas Labs, Evergreen, Host Defense, Mayway, Metagenics, Natural Vitality, New Chapter Herbs, Pacific Biologic, Phion Ph Balance products, and TonShen/Life Rising.