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.