Meggan Baumgartner • MAcOM, LAc, Dipl.OM
Asian Medicine: Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Qigong
208-669-2287 | 106 East 3rd St., Suite 4B | Moscow, ID 83843 |

What to Expect for Your Appointment

Meggan begins your session with a brief history, assessment and evaluation. For the initial visit this takes about 30-40 minutes; subsequent visits take significantly less time. Please have questions, concerns, medical records, supplement and medication changes prepared for this time. Meggan will use all this information to determine the best treatment modalities for you. Most treatments include a combination of acupuncture, acupressure, dietary advise and possibly cupping, moxabustion, herbal suggestions and/or lifestyle recommendations. Meggan will explain any new modality used during your session.

Meggan's treatment room

another picture of Meggan's treatment room

A common question is, "Does acupuncture hurt?" No, it should not be painful. That does not mean it is without sensation. You may feel the prick of the needle going through the skin and then a variety of possible sensations like distension, ache, tingling or warmth. The needles are the size of a human hair and therefore cause very little sensation in most people. It is nothing like getting a shot or having blood drawn. Meggan encourages you to let her know if any modality causes discomfort.

HOW TO BE PREPARED: The following tips will help us provide you with the best care:

  • For your initial appointment, please arrive 5-10 minutes early with your patient health history form completed. This form generally takes 20-25 minutes to complete. It may be downloaded from this page, or we will be happy to email or mail it to you. Completing it in advance enables us to begin your treatment on time.

  • Arriving 5-10 min early for your regular appointments will give you time to relax and prepare for your session. This allows you to use the restroom, get a drink of water and possibly do some breathing relaxation before your session.

  • Please do eat a snack or small meal within 2 hours before your scheduled treatment time (don't come hungry to your appointment). Additionally, drink plenty of water for 24 hours before and after your treatments.

  • Avoid strenuous or stressful activities within four hours after your treatment when possible.

  • PLEASE do not wear any scented lotions, hair products or perfume / cologne to the office. Many of our staff and clients have severe chemical sensitivities. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

  • Payment is expected at time of service. We accept cash, check or VISA/MC.

A note about COVID-19

Due to the pandemic, Meggan's working procedures have significantly changed. This will impact your in-person treatments. For example: detailed pre-screening is done, masks are required, extensive disinfecting occurs before each session, and more. Telehealth options are available for herbal consults, dietary and lifestyle counseling, acupressure and Qigong recommendations. Please contact the office for more details.

Health History Form

You can download the file, print it, and then fill it out at home. Make sure you bring it with you to your first appointment. If you do not have Adobe Reader installed, you can visit the Adobe website to download a free version.