Acupuncture Works Best When You Do This


Summer is here!  Kids are out of school and we're hoping most of you are settling into a slower pace - that is, unless you own a summer camp or ice cream shop :) 
Whether you’re new to acupuncture or even if you're a seasoned regular we want to answer some commonly asked questions about how to get the best possible results from your treatments.

How many acupuncture treatments will I need?

Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer to this question.  The length, number and frequency of treatments vary from person to person depending on the conditions treated, your age and health, and how you respond to acupuncture.  Acupuncture is a natural medicine that activates your body to make internal changes and heal.  This can be a gradual process or sometimes an immediate response. 
Generally, acute problems require less time and frequency of treatment. For example, an recent sprain or injury may require only one or two treatments, while chronic or severe pain and ailments with multiple symptoms may require several months of weekly treatments.  For those clients who come frequently to TCA we recommend purchasing 10 packs of private or community treatments to save you money and also time checking out of your appointment.   You can use your 10 visits with Amie or Chalita (10 packs must be used within 4 months) and note additional fees apply when you pay for packages or community visits by credit card.
How long will it take for the treatments to work?
A positive response to acupuncture (symptom relief, improved sleep and mood, more energy) is generally seen after the first to fourth treatment.  If you are being treated for a menstrual problem or infertility, give the treatments three cycles for your body to respond.  You can then schedule your appointments further apart after you have achieved the desired response.
How often should I be treated?
It is optimal for treatments to be scheduled once or twice weekly in the beginning so your body will hold the new energetic healing pattern.  If you are not able to have appointments that frequently or you are traveling for an extended period, we may prescribe supplements & herbs, dietary changes, exercises, ear seeds or pressure points for you to use at home.  Treat acupuncture as you would an exercise program- the more you adhere to a regular schedule, the more rapidly you see results
Acupuncture is also used as a preventative medicine. Many people see their acupuncturist 2-4 times a year for a "tune up" or balancing treatment. This can prevent disease and promote health, energy and vitality.

We will be closed July 3-8th and August 2-10th, so please check our online schedule for appointment availability over the summer.   Bring in your family and friends who are visiting....we will take good care of them! 

With summer love,

Amie & Chalita