If you have a morning appointment, you should have some breakfast before coming in. However, it's better not to have acupuncture on a very full stomach or after drinking alcoholic beverages. Wear comfortable, loose clothing.
During the first treatment, we will begin with an in-depth discussion about your particular condition and your general health. This follows the central belief of Chinese medicine that every individual is uniquely affected by his or her lifestyle, constitution, and environment. The acupuncturist will then take your pulse and look at your tongue to help determine your diagnosis. After that you will lie comfortably on a massage table while very thin needles are inserted in various points on your body. The number of needles varies with each individual and each treatment. You can then relax for 20-30 minutes while the needles stimulate your body's own healing mechanisms.
Acupuncture is surprisingly gentle for most people, although everyone experiences things differently. Most people find treatments quite relaxing - many even fall asleep. The needles are very fine, like a human hair. You may feel a prick or a pinch as the needle is inserted in some points. You may experience a heavy sensation, a dull ache, or a tingling feeling at the needle site or along the course of the channel. This is not painful and is a good sign which shows that the needle is working with your body's qi.
Acupuncture is among the safest forms of health treatment. The National Institutes of Health has issued a statement saying: "One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same condition."
A typical treatment lasts from 45 minutes to one hour. First-time treatments may take longer as more time is spent asking questions about your health history.
Occasionally there may be a drop of blood after the needle is removed, and sometimes a bruise results. Less often, some patients feel faint or dizzy during treatment. This is usually due to nervousness or to having had nothing to eat or drink all day before the treatment. Please let the acupuncturist know immediately if you feel anything strange so your treatment can be altered accordingly.
This will depend on your condition and you will be given a treatment plan during your first visit. More acute conditions may benefit from two or three treatments a week in the beginning, but these usually heal in a short time. Many patients like to come in for routine "tune-ups" even when they are feeling well - these could be monthly, every few months, or more often, at the patient's discretion.
This depends on your complaint, your age, and your constitution. A recent injury takes less time to treat than pain from an injury that occurred 15 years ago. Chronic conditions take more patience than acute ones. And older people often heal more slowly than younger ones. That said, some conditions clear up after just one treatment.
We accept many types of insurance. However, details such as number of visits allowed, co-pay, etc., vary according to your plan. Please contact us with your insurance details or fill out and submit the insurance form on the “Forms” page before your first visit.
Before there was acupuncture, there was Chinese herbal medicine. It is a marvelously well-researched body of knowledge dating back thousands of years, with prescriptions for a great variety of conditions. One of the beauties of herbal medicine is that the formulas can be custom-made for the individual.
Generally speaking, yes. However, before beginning an herbal prescription we will go over all of your current medications to ensure there is no potential interaction. Your acupuncturist has received advanced training in both herbal medicine and pharmacology, and is happy to communicate with your doctor as well.