What To Expect

The Initial Visit

In acupuncture and Chinese medicine, we believe in treating the individual, not just treating the symptom(s). Every individual comes with a unique pattern of symptoms and health issues that demand a targeted holistic approach to treatment. Thus, it is necessary to gather as much information about the individual to create a customized diagnosis and treatment plan at the outset.

Shortly after booking your initial appointment, you will receive an email directing you to fill out a detailed Health History and Initial Intake form that you may fill it out prior to coming in for your initial appointment.  You will also be provided with an Informed Consent/Notice of Privacy form to review and sign.  If you are unable to fill these out prior to your appointment, please arrive 15-20 minutes prior to your appointment time to fill these out in the office.

The Health History and Initial Intake form will ask a series of detailed questions that not only give us a full medical history but also aims to start an in-depth assessment of biological, nutritional, physical, and emotional concerns to help us develop a pragmatic approach to treatment.  Once you have completed the paperwork you will move into a separate private consultation room where we will go over your health history and discuss your current health concerns.  A typical assessment typically involves the practitioner reviewing your Health History form, asking some questions, taking your pulse, observing your tongue, and perhaps palpating specific channels and or points that will help identify the correct pattern and the best approach for treatment. This is the time when you would ask any questions that you have as well. After your assessment, you will be ready to move to our community treatment room.  Prior to going into the community room we ask that you turn off your cell phone or place it on vibrate move before entering.    When you enter our community treatment room you can choose from any of the available recliners or tables. Once decided please:

  • Remove your shoes and socks.
  • Roll up your pant legs and shirtsleeves as necessary.
  • Remove watches or anything that might interfere with us taking your pulse at your wrists.
  • Place your belongings behind your recliner or under your table.
  • Make yourself comfortable and the practitioner will be with you as soon as possible.

From here on out, your job is to kick back and enjoy a good rest. A typical treatment will last about 50-60 minutes.  If you are in deep sleep, we try very hard not to disturb you so please let us know if you have a hard exit time.  When you’re finished with your treatment, you can exit through reception where you can purchase further treatments and book your next appointment before you continue on with your day.

Subsequent Visits

At subsequent visits we will ask fewer, more targeted questions to measure progress along your treatment plan.  For these visits you may proceed directly to the treatment room to await treatment.

Facilitating Scheduling: We provide a very convenient optional online scheduling system. You can schedule your next appointment online 24/7. You can also call the office during operational hours to set your appointment. Once you’re booked, we’ll automatically send you appointment reminders by text or email.  Contact us to get started.

Hours of Operation

Harlem Chi Community Acupuncture’s hours of operation are as follows:

  • Monday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Thursday:  9:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Friday:  9:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday:  10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Sunday:  Closed

You may book your appointment at anytime online or call the office at 212-280-7900.

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    Meet the Practitioners

    Johanne Picard-Scott


    A consummate holistic seeker, Johanne found her life’s passion in a tradition of healing that is revolutionary in its potency and efficacy, yet so simple in its execution…

    Diana Yoon


    Diana found her heart’s work in traditional East Asian medicine with a purpose to make its resources for healing the body, mind and spirit available to more individuals and communities.