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What to Expect
During your first visit we will have a private consultation where we will discuss your current health concerns as well as your pertinent health history. This gives you the opportunity to express any concerns or questions you may have. There is a thorough traditional diagnosis, which consists of looking at the tongue, taking your pulse, and asking specific questions to get to the root of your current imbalance.
During this consultation, you may be asked about elements of your life that you might not have considered to be related to your main complaint. For example, sleeping habits and patterns, your emotional situation, your diet and eating habits, and other lifestyle matters. In Chinese medicine your practitioner assesses the whole person - not only the symptoms or one specific symptom.
After this, we proceed to the treatment. A typical treatment can last from 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the condition being treated.
It is important, however, to remember that acupuncture is a process, and one which usually takes multiple treatments to help most conditions.
Preparing for Your Treatment
We want you to have a relaxing and safe experience when you receive acupuncture. We ask that you read the following carefully. Questions? Please don't hesitate to contact us before your first appointment.
You will receive all of the necessary intake forms via email once you have booked your appointment. So that we may provide you the best possible care, please fill out all forms online prior to your appointment.
Please be on time for your appointment so that you may benefit fully. When you make an appointment, please understand that your time has been reserved specifically for you. If you need to cancel or change your appointment, please kindly call as soon as possible so that another patient may be accommodated at that time.
Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. While acupuncture points are located everywhere on the body, most of the commonly used points are located between the elbow and wrists and between the knees and ankles.
Eat a light meal several hours before your visit. We will not treat you if you have been fasting. Being over-hungry raises the risk of dizziness or nausea.
Due to the higher risk of shock, we do not treat patients who are intoxicated. It is also not a good idea to become intoxicated right after treatment.
Avoid heavy exertion immediately before and after treatment (i.e. within 2 hours).
During your treatment delicate needles are lightly inserted and remain in place for about 20 minutes while you rest with quiet, soothing music playing in the background. Additionally, your treatments may also include heat therapy, Chinese massage, fire cupping, prescribed herbs, or lifestyle and diet recommendations.
Following your treatment you may experience relief immediately, after several hours, or over the course of 1-3 days. Such relief may only last for several hours the first time you come and be of longer duration with successive treatments. Or, relief may begin immediately and continue until your next visit. Because you are an individual, your response also is individual. Most people, however, report feeling extremely relaxed and calm after their acupuncture treatments.
Your Course of Treatment
At the time of your second appointment you will receive a treatment plan that has been customized for you and which details appropriate therapies for your condition. Generally, if patients have an acute situation that began recently, only two or three treatments are needed. The best results arise when you get help early on.
However, chronic conditions or longstanding illness that have existed for some time usually require treatment for several weeks to several months to resolve the conditions and for continuing benefit.
Once you start the process of healing, it greatly improves lasting results if you follow through consistently with your treatment plan. Acupuncture effects are cumulative. This is why additional treatment is sometimes recommended even though your symptoms might have lessened.