What To Expect At Your First Visit

Unlike most visits to the doctor, you will have adequate time to discuss your most pressing health conditions and receive choices in your personalized treatments.

Naturopathic Visit

Naturopathic treatments usually run 90 minutes for the first visit. It begins with a thorough interview regarding your condition and health history. A general physical exam will be conducted to assess current health, and to determine if there are any undetected signs.

From the interview and exam, you will receive an understanding of your health holistically, and discussion and understanding of the treatment plan, which may include lab work, diet and lifestyle modifications, vitamin and mineral supplementation, herbal medicines.

Additional lab testing may be necessary such as hormone levels or food allergies, and will be discussed during the visit.

Dr. Yoon believes that understanding one’s body is extremely important, and therefore spends time to help you understand what is going on and the approach of treatment in naturopathic medicine.

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Acupuncture Visit

Acupuncture treatments usually run from 45 to 60 minutes. It begins with an interview regarding your condition. The length of the interview depends on your condition and the extent of your health status. From the interview and the examination of your tongue and pulse, your condition will be determined according to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, and appropriate acupuncture points will be selected. You will then be asked to lie either on your back or your front side, which then needles will be placed and retained for approximately 15-30 minutes.

Prior to their first treatment, many people do not believe that acupuncture can be painless. Different sensations, such as warmth or pressure may be felt, but the sensation differs from pain. People often comment that the feeling is unfamiliar but pleasant and relaxing.

Because acupuncture works to harmonize the body, several treatments may be necessary. The amount of treatments depends on the extent of your condition. However, improvements should be seen with each treatment. For maximal benefits, three treatments per week are recommended. However, once per week is adequate for most patients. The series of treatments depends on the condition.
How to make the most of your appointment.

New Acupuncture Patient Form

How to Make the Most of Your Appointment

1. Take the time to fill out in detail your health questionnaire. This saves you and the doctor time during the visit to address your most pressing issues.
2. Write down all of your questions pertaining to your symptoms or health.
3. Bring all your supplements and/or medications to the visit.
4. Bring all your previous test results.
5. Make sure you are completely clear about the treatment plan before leaving.
6. Be consistent with the treatment recommendations. Observe changes, whether you have had improvements or not. Unlike conventional prescription medications, Naturopathic and Traditional Chinese treatments include lifestyle changes and responses are unique to each individual.
7. Follow up with your doctor.

 

About Dr. Minna Yoon

Thank you for visiting the natural medicine practice of Dr. Minna Yoon, N.D., L.Ac. Dr. Yoon is proud to be a naturopathic and acupuncture doctor at Bay Natural Medicine, providing natural health services to the greater San Francisco, California area. Having suffered from her own share of bothersome health complaints, including allergies, frequent headaches, and eczema, Dr. Yoon is familiar with the limitations of modern pharmaceuticals.

She realized that, while medications were able to provide temporary relief from an ailment, they were severely lacking in their ability to offer a long-term solution that not only alleviates symptoms but also reversed them. Through her own journey to health, she has come to understand how natural medicine— working alone or when combined with pharmaceuticals — can accomplish just that.

Dr. Yoon’s interest in natural medicine was born during her pre-med studies at Washington University in St. Louis. From there, she earned a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University, and also earned a Master of Science of Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. In addition to her foundational education in natural medicine, Dr. Yoon continues to expand her knowledge and application in the field by obtaining certifications for Traditional Chinese Medicine in Dermatology and Restorative Medicine.

In addition to her extensive educational background, Dr. Yoon serves as a proud member and former legislative chair of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association (CNDA). She was awarded the distinction of Doctor of the Year by the CNDA in 2013.  In July of 2018, Dr. Yoon was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the Naturopathic Medicine Committee serving the public and licensed naturopathic doctors by promoting and enforcing laws and regulations that protect the health and safety of Californians, ensuring access to high quality naturopathic medical care.  

Dr. Minna Yoon, Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Acupuncturist at Bay Natural Medicine of San Francisco, CA, uses her knowledge of both traditional and state-of-the-art therapeutic methods to help her clients reach their ultimate wellness potential.

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Thank you for visiting the natural medicine practice of Dr. Minna Yoon, N.D., L.Ac. Dr. Yoon is proud to be a naturopathic and acupuncture doctor at Bay Natural Medicine, providing natural health services to the greater San Francisco, California area. Having suffered from her own share of bothersome health complaints, including allergies, frequent headaches, and eczema, Dr. Yoon is familiar with the limitations of modern pharmaceuticals.

She realized that, while medications were able to provide temporary relief from an ailment, they were severely lacking in their ability to offer a long-term solution that not only alleviates symptoms but also reversed them. Through her own journey to health, she has come to understand how natural medicine— working alone or when combined with pharmaceuticals — can accomplish just that.

Dr. Yoon’s interest in natural medicine was born during her pre-med studies at Washington University in St. Louis. From there, she earned a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University, and also earned a Master of Science of Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. In addition to her foundational education in natural medicine, Dr. Yoon continues to expand her knowledge and application in the field by obtaining certifications for Traditional Chinese Medicine in Dermatology and Restorative Medicine.

In addition to her extensive educational background, Dr. Yoon serves as a proud member and former legislative chair of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association (CNDA). She was awarded the distinction of Doctor of the Year by the CNDA in 2013.  In July of 2018, Dr. Yoon was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the Naturopathic Medicine Committee serving the public and licensed naturopathic doctors by promoting and enforcing laws and regulations that protect the health and safety of Californians, ensuring access to high quality naturopathic medical care.  

Dr. Minna Yoon, Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Acupuncturist at Bay Natural Medicine of San Francisco, CA, uses her knowledge of both traditional and state-of-the-art therapeutic methods to help her clients reach their ultimate wellness potential.


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Welcome to Bay natural medicine

Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?

The use of acupuncture dates back to over 2000 years ago. Since then, the practice of acupuncture has been refined in the use of knowledge, equipment, and technique.

Acupuncture is the use of needles inserted into specific locations in the body. There are twelve main channels that run along the surface of the body that are connected to different organs. Each channel has specific points that have specific indications and chosen depending on the person’s condition. The needles differ in gauge and length and used depending on location and person’s sensitivity.

How does Acupuncture work?

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture works by aiding the flow of qi, the body’s vital energy, throughout the body. This allows the functions of the organs to work more efficiently and therefore alleviate symptoms.

There are a few scientific theories of how acupuncture works. It is theorized that the needles stimulate the nervous system, and thereby signals the regulation of the organs; or the needles stimulate the body to produce endorphins, an endogenous pain killer.

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Naturopathic Medicine

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

The goal of a naturopathic doctor is to employ therapies that support and promote the body’s natural healing process, leading to the highest state of wellness. As professional leaders and pioneers in science-based natural medicine, naturopathic doctors advocate the development of professional standards, accountability, and regulation of all forms of medicine in all jurisdictions to maintain public safety and freedom of choice in health care. Further, we support broad inclusion, collaboration and equal access in the health care system at all levels.

Naturopathy continues to grow and evolve as a body of knowledge. Naturopathic medicine, as an organized profession, is committed to ongoing research and development of its science. It incorporates many elements of scientific modern medicine.

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