Patient Treatment Informed Consent Form
By signing below, I do hereby voluntarily consent to be treated by practitioner, Evan F J Murao at Inner Chi Hawai’i. Methods of treatment used in this practice may include, but are not limited to: Acupuncture, Electro-Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Moxibustion, Cupping therapy, Acupressure, Tui Na Massage, Gua Sha, ear seeds, heat therapy, dietary advice, therapeutic exercise prescriptions, and lifestyle counseling. I understand that the aforementioned treatment methods provided by this practitioner are not of a primary care provider, and that regular primary care by a licensed physician is an important choice that is strongly recommended by this clinic’s practitioners. I understand that all treatments at this facility are therapeutic in nature. I agree to communicate to the practitioner any physical/mental discomfort or draping issues during the session(s).

I understand that Evan F J Murao will keep appointment notes as a record of our sessions. These notes will document the topics discussed, interventions/plan, goals, and progress. Records will be kept securely. All health history, personal information and medical records shared with Evan F J Murao will be kept strictly confidential unless I have signed an authorization for release or where disclosure is required by law (see privacy notice). I agree to hold Evan F J Murao and Inner Chi Hawai’i harmless for claims or damages in connection with our work together. This is a contract between myself, Evan F J Murao, and Inner Chi Hawai’i, and I understand that it is also a release of potential liability.

The following bullets list cautionary contraindications for treatment methods used in this practice that include, but are not limited to, the aforementioned methods:
- Hemophilia or other bleeding/clotting disorders; Patients taking blood thinner medications.
- Weak patients or those who have been ill.
- Patients whom are pregnant.
- Diabetics. Especially those with uncontrolled blood sugar as they may not be able to feel pain properly.
- Those who are unable to experience heat or pain properly.
- Those who have circulatory conditions.
- Those who are unsure if their condition is contraindicated, should seek guidance from their primary care physician prior to receiving any of the aforementioned treatment methods.

It has been explained to me that there are cautionary contraindications to the treatment from any of the aforementioned methods. I have fully disclosed all health factors to my practitioner, including those not mentioned on my Health History Intake Form, to avoid any complications.

Acupuncture/Moxibustion:
I understand that acupuncture is a safe treatment performed by the insertion of needles through the skin or by the application of heat to the skin (or both) at certain points on or near the surface of the body in an attempt to treat bodily dysfunction or diseases, to modify or prevent pain perception, and to normalize the body’s physiological functions. I agree to come to each session having eaten within the past 3 hours, and I will report to my Licensed Acupuncturist any dizziness or light- headedness that occurs during or after an acupuncture treatment. I am aware that certain adverse side effects may result. These could include, but are not limited to: local bruising, minor bleeding, fainting, pain or discomfort, and the possible aggravation of symptoms existing prior to acupuncture treatment. Extremely rare risks of acupuncture include nerve damage, organ puncture and infection. These risks have an extremely low incidence, especially when acupuncture is administered properly by a Licensed Acupuncturist. I understand that no guarantees concerning its use and effects are given to me and that I am free to stop acupuncture treatment at any time.

Electro-Acupuncture:
I understand that I may be asked to have electro-acupuncture administered with the acupuncture. I am aware that certain adverse side effects may result. These may include, but are not limited to: electrical shock, pain or discomfort, and the possible aggravation of symptoms existing prior to treatment. I understand that I may refuse this treatment.

Chinese Herbs:
I understand that substances from the Oriental Materia Medica may be recommended to me to treat bodily dysfunction or diseases, to modify or prevent pain perception, and to normalize the body’s physiological functions. I understand that I am not required to take these substances but must follow the directions for administration and dosage if I do decide to take them. I am aware that certain adverse side effect may result from taking these substances. These could include, but are not limited to: changes in bowel movement, abdominal pain or discomfort, and the possible aggravation of symptoms existing prior to herbal treatment. Should I experience any problems, which I associate with these substances, I should suspend taking them and call Inner Chi Hawai’i as soon as possible.

Cupping Therapy:
By creating suction and negative pressure, cupping therapy lifts connective tissue, releases rigid tissue and loosens adhesions. Cupping pulls stagnation, waste, and toxins to the skin level where it can be easily flushed out by the lymphatic and circulatory system.

Cupping techniques bring blood flow and nutrition to stagnant areas. The pulling action engages the parasympathetic nervous system, thus allowing deep relaxation throughout the entire body. It has been explained to me that there is the possibility of discolorations that can occur from the release and clearing of stagnation and toxins from my body. I also understand that this reaction is not bruising, but due to cellular debris, pathogenic factors and toxins being drawn to the surface to be flushed out my lymphatic & circulatory systems.

They are metabolic waste, toxins, and other stagnant material that have been freed from the underlying tissue and brought to the surface where they can more easily be flushed away. These marks can last anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks and are not tender to the touch. Drinking water and taking Vitamin C has been reported to relieve these symptoms quickly. In some cases headaches and minor body aches may be experienced. As treatments continue, the marks will occur less and less as a result of stagnation and toxicity being expelled from the body.

I understand that the first time I experience Cupping, my body’s immune system can temporarily react to this release – producing flu-like effects like nausea, headache, aches, that will subside in time with rest and water. Water helps to dilute the intensity of the release.

I understand that Cupping Therapy modalities should not be combined with aggressive exfoliation, 4 hrs after shaving, after sunburn or when I’m hungry or thirsty. I understand that I should avoid exposure to cold, wet, and/or windy weather conditions, hot showers, baths, saunas, hot tubs and aggressive exercise for 4 - 6 hours. I understand that exposure to such extremes can produce undesirable effects and I should avoid such situations.

I understand that I should avoid caffeine, alcohol, sugary foods and drinks, dairy and processed meats which can prolong the progress of treatment results. It is suggested to consume an abundance of clean water along with Vitamin C supplement to boost the patient’s immune system, and to relieve these symptoms quickly.

Information has been provided to me about Cupping Therapy. If I choose to experience this form of therapy during treatments, I understand the potential effects and after-care recommendations. I understand that I may stop the treatment if it is too uncomfortable.

Acupressure/Tui-Na Massage:
I understand that I may also be given acupressure/tui-na massage as part of my treatment plan to modify or prevent pain perception and to normalize the body’s physiological functions. I am aware that certain adverse side effects may result from this treatment. These could include, but are not limited to: bruising, sore muscles or aches, and the possible aggravation of symptoms existing prior to treatment. I understand that I may stop the treatment if it is too uncomfortable.

Gua Sha:
I understand that I may also be given Gua Sha as part of my treatment plan to therapeutically relax chronically tight muscles, which can develop over time from physical stress, poor posture or previous history of trauma. Gua sha is traditionally an acupuncture technique, and is a tool that is used to release adhesions and scar tissue in muscle and fascia. I am aware that certain adverse side effects may result from this treatment. These could include, but are not limited to: tenderness for 1-2 days after treatment, possible bruising in area of treatment. For post treatment care after a gua sha treatment, it is best to ice for 10-15 minutes if instructed by your practitioner. You can ice for 24 hours after treatment (10-15 min on and 1 hour off, repeat) to help decrease likelihood of soreness and bruising. Use a wet towel layer between you and the ice pack for best results with icing. I understand that I may stop the treatment if it is too uncomfortable.

Auriculotherapy with Ear Seeds:
I understand that I may also be given Ear seeds as part of my treatment plan as another tool that can be used to stimulate those auricular points. They are safe, natural and noninvasive, sitting on the surface of the ear and held in place with a patch of adhesive tape. Tiny seeds from the Vaccaria plant are adhered to key auricular points on the outer ear, depending on the condition, with tape. Vaccaria is a purple flowering plant known in Chinese medicine as a blood tonifier, promoting energy and overall health and well-being. Because they are worn over an extended period of time, the ear seeds have a “time-release” effect and stimulate the points through light pressure over longer periods. They are often left on for several days. They can be worn alone or used in between treatments as a supplement. Patients should press on them several times a day to help stimulate the points. Ear seeds are generally painless, they are small and barely noticeable. I am aware that certain adverse side effects may result from this treatment. These could include, but are not limited to: anyone over the age of three can use ear seeds, as they are safe and natural. Children and the elderly may have to use less pressure, and those who are pregnant should consult their doctor first. Our Vaccaria Seed Ear Seeds adhesive tape contains latex. Those with a latex sensitivity need to express that they are latex sensitive to the practitioner, therefore the patient can use our clear tape pellets, which are latex-free. I understand that I may stop the treatment if it is too uncomfortable.

Heat Therapy with Direct Moxa or TDP Lamp:
I understand that I may also be given Heat Therapy as part of my treatment plan to promote blood circulation, relax tense muscles and joints, and warm up areas on the body that are cold to the touch or to the patient being felt internally. They are safe, natural and noninvasive, sitting on the surface of the skin. I am aware that certain adverse side effects may result from this treatment. These could include, but are not limited to: On rare occasions burns and/or blisters my occur, either from the heat or from fluids being drawn to the surface by the temperature of the heat source if you have sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin, inform the practitioner so they can monitor the heat source to eliminate the chance of burns/blisters on the site of the affected area. Also inform the practitioner at any time for the duration of the application of heat therapy and that I understand that I may stop the treatment if it is too uncomfortable.

Dietary Advice/Therapeutic Exercise/Lifestyle Counseling:
I understand that I may also be given Dietary Advice/Therapeutic Exercise/Lifestyle Counseling as part of my treatment plan to promote education to enhance my knowledge of health as it relates to food, dietary supplements, and behaviors associated with my condition. I understand Dietary Advice/Therapeutic Exercise/Lifestyle Counseling is not intended for the diagnosis of any disease and is not a substitute for medical diagnosis, treatment, and/or care of a disease by a medical provider. I understand the purpose of nutrition counseling and the benefits and risks, if any, associated with counseling. I understand that results are not guaranteed.

I, the patient, confirm that the practitioner, Evan F J Murao has explained the benefits, side effects and contraindications of the following treatment methods: Acupuncture, Electro-Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Moxibustion, Cupping therapy, Acupressure, Tui Na Massage, Gua Sha, Ear Seeds, Heat therapy, Ear seeds, dietary advice, therapeutic exercise prescriptions, lifestyle counseling. I will not hold the practitioner responsible for any side effects that I experience at any time. I have carefully read and understand all of the above information and I am fully aware of what I am signing. I understand that I may ask my practitioner for a more detailed explanation. I give my permission and consent to the practitioner’s treatment. I understand that I may stop the treatment if it is too uncomfortable at any time.
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