Your initial acupuncture visit will be approximately 90 minutes. We will first take a detailed health history and assess your body’s balance according to Chinese Medicine diagnostics, which includes the inspection of the tongue and pulse, and sometimes palpation of the abdomen. These methods of assessments will then allow us to design a treatment plan specifically tailored to you.

The treatment plan will address how we will be working with your body’s imbalance, a general timeline for treatment, and what kinds of treatment will be involved (acupuncture, cupping, and/or herbal medicine). Following the treatment, we will offer you diet and lifestyle recommendations, as well as herbal medicine, if needed.

To get the most out of your acupuncture session, we need your active participation. These tips will help you receive the most out working with your practitioner:

Prior to your visit

  • Please arrive at least 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment, as there will be several questionnaires for you to fill out.
  • Eat a light meal 1 to 2 hours before your session so that your stomach is not too empty or too full.
  • Please refrain from strenuous exercise, overexertion, drugs, or alcohol on the day of the treatment.
  • Bring a list of medications you are currently taking.
  • Please try not to brush your tongue on the morning of your treatment.

During your visit

  • Be prepared to discuss all aspects of your health. It is important to get an overview of your physical and mental well-being in order to properly diagnosis your present condition.
  • According to our diagnosis of your condition, we will then treat you with specific acupuncture points to rebalance your body.
  • After the treatment, we will discuss our treatment plan (frequency and duration), make nutritional and lifestyle recommendations based on your body’s imbalance and will provide customized herbal medicine if needed.

After your visit

  • Refrain from strenuous exercise and alcohol for at least 3 hours after acupuncture.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Please try to rest.
  • Follow the treatment plan your practitioner has derived for you.
  • Keep to the regularity with your appointments, as each session builds upon the previous one.

Please keep in mind that Chinese Medicine is not a magic pill! True healing and adjustment in the body is a process that takes time and attention. Although you will often feel better right away, lasting change and shifts in health come incrementally. This safe and effective form of natural medicine gently nudges the body towards better balance, and over time strengthens the body and enhances vitality.

If you have any questions about your treatment plan, don’t hesitate to ask us. You are always welcome to call us in between appointments.