Frequently Asked Questions
Expect to talk about yourself at your first Acupuncture visit! We will spend time discussing your overall health as well as the particular symptoms that brought you to the office. It’s important to include any diagnosis you have received from an MD, and also your individual experience- you may have a certain diagnosis, but we treat you, not your diagnosis. Since Chinese Medicine is holistic, we consider other aspect of your life, such as sleep, digestion, and stress that you may or may not have thought of as related to your symptoms.
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.
Acupuncture needles are, in a word, tiny. When the needles are inserted, you may feel a slight sensation, like a mosquito bite, or you may not feel it at all. While the needles are in, you may feel a deep, achy sensation, warmth, or other similar sensations. Tell your acupuncturist if any needle feels uncomfortable or the sensation is normal but uncomfortably strong. Even once they are inserted, the needles can be adjusted to make your session more comfortable.
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.
This will vary over the course of your treatment: at first you will come in more often, then you will space the treatments further apart as your body recovers its own 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.