We also check your Chinese pulses (three places on each wrist) and take a look at your tongue (yes, really!) so don’t brush your tongue the day you come in for your visit!
The acupuncture needles are typically left in for about 20 minutes, depending on your individual needs.
This, of course, varies from person to person and condition to condition, but a general rule is one month of treatment for every year the condition has been around. So if you sprained an ankle or pulled a muscle last week, expect one or two treatments to be sufficient. If you have suffered from anxiety for ten years, you can expect to feel better soon, but it may take almost a year to really bring you back to balance.
At first, most patients come in once a week, although for some conditions (or if your schedule allows it and you’d like to see even quicker results), you may need to come in twice a week for the first few weeks. As your health improves, we will taper off until you only need to come in for a tune-up every once in a while. The frequency of those tune-ups will vary depending upon your symptoms, constitution and lifestyle.