What to expect
The 1st acupuncture appointment is approximately 75-90 minutes, including a comprehensive initial intake and assessment (health history, presenting symptoms, tongue and pulse diagnosis), discussion of wellness goals, and your first acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture points related to your pattern diagnosis will be selected and prescribed with the intention to balance and harmonize your body. As your body shifts towards homeostasis (natural balance), you will find positive shifts and improvement in your main complaint and presenting symptoms.
You will lie on a comfortable heated massage table and will rest for approximately 20-40 minutes with the needles in place and then the needles are removed. Feel welcome to come in comfortable, loose clothing, but generally it doesn't matter. Plan to eat something light 1-2 hours prior. Do not consume alcohol before your appointment. Expect to feel very relaxed and calm after your session.
The number of treatments needed is individualized to each patient based on the nature of presenting symptoms, objectives of treatment, and wellness goals. Some conditions may be treated within only a few sessions, whereas others might take several months to fully alleviate and/or treat. Combining your treatments with dietary and lifestyle modifications as recommended will make your course of treatments even more effective.