WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT THE FIRST VISIT?
Before your first visit, please fill out the New Patient Form online. This will allow me to review your information before we meet, so we can make the best use of our time together.
At your first visit we will review your or your child’s complete medical history, develop a treatment plan, and an initial treatment will be given (with or without needles for children).
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
The first visit is about 1.5 hours in length for adults, and approximately 1 hour for children. Follow-up appointments will be about 1 hour for adults and 30 minutes for children.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
If possible, please wear comfortable clothing which allows access to your arms and legs.
SHOULD I EAT BEFORE A TREATMENT?
You should eat something within a couple of hours before you come to your acupuncture appointment, but it is best not to eat immediately before a treatment.
DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?
While many people are concerned about what acupuncture will feel like, most people find it to be gentle and easy to receive. Acupuncture is normally a painless treatment. While there is sometimes a brief pricking sensation with the insertion of the needle, this sensation should subside almost immediately. After that, you may experience a sensation of heaviness, warmth or tingling at the site of the needle. Many people sleep or meditate during a treatment, and most find themselves very relaxed when the treatment is over.
IS IT SAFE?
Yes. Acupuncture is very safe when practiced by a licensed practitioner. All needles are sterile, single-use, and disposable. Clean Needle Technique is used at all times.
HOW MANY ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
The number of treatments you will need will depend on your symptoms, how long you have had them, and the severity or complexity of your condition. This varies widely from patient to patient. We will discuss the recommended number of treatments to begin with, and this will be reassessed as treatment progresses.
DO I NEED TO TAKE HERBS AND SUPPLEMENTS?
I will often recommend an herbal formula or supplement to complement and augment your acupuncture treatment. When taken under the supervision of a licensed practitioner, Chinese Herbal Medicine is safe and effective. All herbs and supplements are obtained from reputable suppliers to ensure quality.
WHAT CAN I DO AFTER A TREATMENT?
It is ideal to be able to take it easy after a treatment. Most people report feeling both relaxed and energized. Vigorous exercise should be avoided for a couple of hours. You can eat or drink after a treatment.