What to Expect

Your treatment begins with an extensive conversation about your medical history, current health and lifestyle. The pulses on both your wrists will be carefully studied, your tongue examined, and a treatment plan proposed.

Many first-time patients do not believe that acupuncture can be painless, and they are amazed at how comfortable they feel during treatment. Different sensations such as warmth or pressure may be felt, but the energetic sensation differs from pain. Many patients comment that the feeling is unfamiliar, but also pleasant and relaxing.

Acupuncture needles are very fine, about the size of a strand of human hair. Unlike hypodermic needles, they are solid and nothing is injected through them. Over the centuries, refined needle insertion techniques have been developed, enabling the skilled practitioner to place a needle with little or no sensation. When the needle accesses the flow of Qi, a slight tingling, a heaviness, or a tugging sensation may be felt. Needling has been scientifically proven to release endorphins, giving patients a pleasant experience.

Besides acupuncture, you may be offered other forms of treatment such as moxibustion (a form of heat therapy), acupressure, Oriental bodywork, herbal preparations, dietary therapies, and breathing/meditation exercises.