Initial Visit

An Acupuncturist considers the whole person, not just one isolated symptom.  Your first visit will begin with an in-depth assessment of you, your condition and your concerns.  This is followed by the Acupuncture treatment.  Please keep in mind that depending on your condition you should allow yourself approximately 90 minutes for the initial visit.

Typically, follow-up treatments are 50 to 60 minutes.

The Treatment

After the insertion of the Acupuncture needles it is very important to relax and let the Acupuncture work. Acupuncture needle retention time is 20 to 30 minutes.  Other modalities such as cupping, electric stimulation and moxibustion may also be used. Soothing music will be played to help you relax during this time – many people even fall asleep during treatment!

Preparing for Your Treatment

* Acupuncture points are located all over the body however many of the commonly used Acupuncture points are located between the wrists and elbows and the ankles and knees. You will be more comfortable if your clothing can be easily rolled up to your elbows and knees. Therefore loose fitting, comfortable clothing is appropriate. Dressing gowns are also provided.

* Please bring a list of current medications you are taking, including any prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, and vitamins.

* Please bring any lab or medical reports relevant to your condition.

* Eat a light meal a few hours prior to your visit. Acupuncture is not performed on individuals who are fasting. Being hungry can increase the risk of nausea or dizziness.

* Acupuncture is not performed on individuals who are intoxicated.

Course of Treatment

As part of your first visit, you will receive a customized treatment plan detailing an appropriate course of treatment for your specific condition.  In general, conditions that are acute (severe and of sudden onset) might only require a few treatments.  Chronic conditions (longstanding or conditions that frequently recur) usually require more treatments to achieve sustained results.  The ideal approach to illness is to begin treatment as soon as possible.  The sooner you seek help, the easier any condition is to treat.  The effects of Acupuncture tend to be cumulative therefore follow-up treatments are important once the healing process begins.  The more consistent you are with your Acupuncture treatments, the better the likelihood of achieving positive results.

Side Effects

Side effects are rare.  The most common is slight bruising at a needle site.  Other side effects may include lightheadedness and feeling sleepy.  Any side effects only last a short time and should be reported at your next visit.