Treatment with Acupuncture

SunriseOn your first visit to the acupuncturist, the practitioner will begin by taking a detailed health and lifestyle history. She will feel pulses on both of your wrists and examine your tongue. The pulse and tongue exam are important diagnostic tools in Chinese medicine as they both reflect the general, overall health of your various meridians and organs as they relate to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory.

Utilizing all gathered information the practitioner determines the cause of your symptoms according to TCM theory and an individualized treatment plan is developed and discussed.

Flexible, solid, hair thin, high quality needles are gently tapped into specific acupuncture points which are on specific channels (meridians) on the body. The needles are sterile, single use and disposable. While everyone experiences acupuncture differently, most people feel little to no pain. After needle insertion you may feel a dull ache, a vague heaviness or slight tingling sensation. These are positive Qi sensations, good indications that your energy is moving and balancing. The needle location and depth serve to stimulate the body’s innate natural ability to balance and heal.

The needles will remain in place for about 30 minutes. Often profound relaxation and/or an increased sense of wellbeing is experienced during and after the treatment. Some people feel energized. The healing benefits have the potential to continue long after the treatment is over. You will learn to tune into this aspect of your treatment. You are encouraged to refrain from alcohol and strenuous activities for the remainder of the day.

Acupuncture is a holistic practice. Everyone is different and the response to acupuncture varies. The number of treatments you may need to experience the benefits you seek depends on the severity of your problem, how long you have had it, lifestyle factors, heredity etc. Generally a course of treatments are encouraged. Your acupuncturist will advise you to monitor your healing response and discuss rationale for follow up treatments.