Frequently Asked Questions about Your First Visit
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing system. It refers to the insertion of thin needles into the body at specific points which have been empirically determined to have beneficial effects. Insertion is usually painless and may be accompanied by a sensation of warmth, tingling, or heaviness. Once the needles are in place, many people describe feeling a sense of calm and well-being. Treatments induce a state of deep relaxation.
What will my first visit be like?
Your first visit begins with a thorough intake and evaluation. I am interested in many things in addition to the specific complaint which brought you in. Based on your assessment, I will determine which acupuncture points would be best stimulated in order to bring healing to your body. Once the needles are in place, they are usually left in for 10-20 minutes.
The initial evaluation and treatment will usually take one and a half hours, with follow-up sessions lasting one hour. I may also suggest Chinese herbs, diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes, thus providing comprehensive and holistic care.
Are the needles sterile?
Yes. All needles are single-use, sterile, and prepackaged. They are disposed of following use.
How many treatments will I need?
This will depend on the duration, severity, and nature of your complaint. A treatment program may include a total of four to eight acupuncture sessions, scheduled once or twice per week. It is rare for a single treatment to be all that is needed.
Once your condition has improved, you may want to continue monthly treatments for another three months in order to ensure success. Seasonal or wellness "tune-ups" are also recommended in order to keep your body "in-tune" and balanced.
How should I prepare myself for an acupuncture treatment?
Please arrive at the office a few minutes early to complete paperwork, unwind, and relax. Also, consider wearing loose and comfortable clothing. Please eat something before your appointment because it is important not to feel excessively hungry or overly fatigued.
Is there anything I need to do while receiving acupuncture?
Breathe, relax, and communicate about how the treatment is making you feel.