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What to Expect

What happens in an acupuncture treatment session?

Your first session will begin with a thorough health history,  and I will also take your pulses according to the Chinese pulse theory and look at your tongue.  I may also perform other physical exams, depending on your health issues.  Then, I will insert anywhere between 4 and 20 very thin needles and leave them inserted for 15 to 30 minutes.   During this time, you'll be relaxing, in a supported position, perhaps with a heat lamp.  Most people go into a deeply relaxed state at this time.   I  may perform supplementary techniques, such as cupping, moxibustion, or manual therapy.  When you are done, we can discuss dietary modifications and herbal formulas. Your first session will last about 60 minutes, and follow-up treatments will generally last 45 minutes. Be sure to ask any questions you have!


What if I am afraid needles?

First, know that you are not alone - many people are concerned about this!   Our acupuncture needles are thin a hair and their insertion is not generally painful, but there is often a definite sensation upon insertion.  I will work with you to make sure that you are comfortable during your treatment, and most patients come recognize and like the feeling of Qi stimulation.    If needles are not an option for you, I'll use acupressure and other modalities to stimulate points and  balance your body without the use of needles.

How should I prepare for treatment?

It's important to eat, at least a little bit, within a few hours before your treatment.  Wear loose fitting clothing, with pants that can be comfortably rolled up over the knees. 

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