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Your Acupuncture Treatment 

At your initial appointment, I will conduct a detailed health evaluation to identify the causes associated with your individual concerns. The forms you complete will help me to understand the nature of your condition and your overall state of health. I will also use diagnostic techniques unique to Chinese Medicine, including taking your pulse at both wrists, observing your tongue and face, and Japanese-style body palpation.

After determining your diagnosis, I develop a treatment plan incorporating acupuncture or other modalities and, if necessary, herbal medicine, nutritional and lifestyle recommendations. I will encourage you to ask any questions about your treatment so you always feel informed and comfortable with the process.

It is typically not necessary to undress during your treatment, as most needles can be inserted with only adjustment of loose fitting clothing. During your treatment sterile, ultra-fine needles are placed at several acupoints that correspond to your specific needs. The needles are about the thickness of three hairs, are used only once, and are disposed of immediately following your treatment.

You will feel a light tap when the needles are inserted just below the skin surface. After a moment, you may feel warmth, heaviness, tingling or pressure around the needle. These sensations are normal and desirable. The needles are generally left in 20-40 minutes while you rest on a comfortable table. Acupuncture promotes marked relaxation and most people fall asleep during the treatment. It is very common to experience a feeling of calm and general well-being afterward- a sign the body’s natural healing mechanisms have been activated.

I will schedule 75 minutes for your initial appointment. Most follow-up appointments last about 1 hour, which includes time to talk about your progress and receive an acupuncture treatment.

The exact duration of treatment depends on the medical condition, your basic level of health, and how well you respond to acupuncture. Acute conditions can usually be treated with one to five sessions, while chronic conditions take longer. Each individual case is unique, but I do ask that you give yourself the gift of at least six treatment sessions in order to fully experience the benefits of acupuncture. With each treatment you should see more relief and improved wellness. If your response to acupuncture is not satisfactory, we can discuss alternatives and I will always refer you to other practitioners who I believe can best help you when I cannot.

After achieving the results they are looking for, many people come in once every 2-3 months for a seasonal “tune-up”. Acupuncture is wonderful component to your lifetime health maintenance program.