What to Expect

Does it hurt?

Most people experience no pain, or perhaps feel a small prick as the needle is inserted, which goes away immediately. Any painful sensations will be addressed right away. Some people feel "the arrival of Qi": warmth, tingling, or sensations of movement or heaviness. While not necessary for effective treatment, this is a good indication that the needles are doing their work well.

Before treatment

A good rule of thumb is to have a light meal or snack before your treatment. If you are coming to your appointment on an empty stomach, please let us know. Some patients experience dizziness, fainting, or nausea if their blood sugar is too low during treatment. Also, avoid drinking alcohol prior to coming to the clinic.

You may be more comfortable wearing loose-fitting clothes that can easily roll above the elbows and knees.

If you would like to complete the new patient forms prior to your visit, either visit the RESOURCES page, or please let us know and we will mail or email them to you.

During treatment

1st appointment: We will discuss your symptoms and overall health in depth, including aspects of your health that do not seem related to your main complaint. Chinese medicine looks at your body as a whole, so each piece of information helps to make an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan.

On this and each subsequent appointment, you will be given a gentle treatment involving one or more different therapies, according to your needs. During each treatment, we will talk about how you are feeling, and make sure that you are comfortable. During acupuncture, hair-thin, sterile, disposable needles are inserted into specific points on the body, most often on the arms and lower legs. Needles are left in place for approximately 20-40 minutes.

This appointment will take up to an hour and a half.

2nd appointment: You will receive a Report of Findings in addition to your treatment. This is a specialized written report that:

  • explains your diagnosis according to Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • lays out the treatment strategy - including acupuncture, herbal medicine, and food therapy
  • gives a timeline for your treatment plan
  • tells you what you can expect to see as your treatments progress
  • gives suggestions for what you can do at home to aid your healing

Ongoing treatments: Depending on how you are responding to treatments, we will follow the treatment plan, making changes as necessary.


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