Q: How long does an acupuncture visit take?
A: Please allow about one hour for your visit. In some cases more time is required.
Q: Do I need to do anything special to prepare for my visit?
A. For your first visit, if possible, please refrain from drinking caffeinated beverages in the 12 hours prior to your appointment. Also, please do not brush your tongue or eat things that discolor the tongue, such as blueberries, colored candies, colored soda, etc. Don’t skip meals - acupuncture needs energy to “run” on, just as your car needs fuel!
Q: What will I feel like after an acupuncture treatment?
A: Most people feel very relaxed and rejuvenated after acupuncture. Some feel energized. Though you can certainly continue with your normal scheduled activities, you may find that you desire to "take it a little easier" in order to enjoy the calm focused state.
Q: What should I wear for acupuncture?
A: You may either bring or wear loose comfortable clothing (shorts and a comfortable tee shirt are ideal) or you may use the sheets or gowns that are provided at the clinic.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: The most accurate way to answer this question is during the comprehensive health evaluation visit. This is because a conventional medicine diagnosis, for example "arthritis", is only a starting point for determining the Chinese Medicine diagnosis. The acupuncturist determines which underlying patterns are responsible for the condition and uses this information to create a highly individualized treatment plan. During your visit, this is fully explained and any questions you may have about your treatment will be answered. Although it may seem mysterious, the basic concepts of Oriental Medicine are very easy to understand.
Q: I am also receiving another type of medical care. Is it okay to have acupuncture treatment at the same time?
A: In most cases this is perfectly fine. It’s important to tell your acupuncturist about other types of care you are currently receiving.