Your First Visit
The initial visit and its length will vary according to your reason for seeking Chinese Medicine Acupuncture.
Should you have an acute injury and you want acupuncture as soon as possible to prevent complications and facilitate the healing process a 45 minute session may be suitable to begin.
On the other hand if you are looking for a complete examination (including symptoms, past history, dietary habits, family history, previous treatments, current Western therapy and lifestyle), the session might be divided into an initial 90 minute and an hour follow-up session. During these session, classic Chinese medicine techniques including tongue, pulse, palpation and 5 element theory will be utilized.
Getting the most out of treatment
For the best treatment results, keep a few things in mind
- Make sure you have eaten before the session but not a large meal
- Wear loose, comfortable clothes
- Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns
- Refrain from overexertion (mild workouts can be done) for at least six hours after treatment
- Refrain from alcohol or recreational drugs for preferably 12 hours prior and post treatment
- Keep in mind each visit builds upon the previous ones
How treatment works
Qi is a concept in Chinese medicine relating to a fundamental balance not only in the body (the Western concept of homeostasis) but in all aspects of life. To treat Qi imbalances in the body we use very fine sterile stainless steel, gold or silver needles placed in acupuncture points associated with the organ systems related to the pattern of your overall health condition.
Other related therapies may be included in your treatment plan, such as Cupping, Gua Sha, Moxibustion (direct and indirect), Korean Hand Therapy, Auricular Acupuncture, and Electro-acupuncture. Chinese Dietary Therapy based on Yin Yang concepts can also play a significant role in the success of treatment.
Follow-up sessions can vary from 30 minutes to an hour.
Your role in the healing process
Your actions are a key component of your treatment plan. Focusing on your health and committing to a healthy lifestyle are the best steps you can take for your well-being. Together,we can heal your imbalances and help you achieve harmony and balance.
Even after your symptoms are resolved, acupuncture can assist you in maintaining your health, and possibly prevent future imbalances. The more you incorporate acupuncture and TCM into your life, the more you’ll learn to nurture your body, mind and spirit.
Acupuncture is not an instant fix
True healing takes time and dedication. Depending on your current health and symptoms, you could feel better right away, or you may need treatments for weeks, months or years to achieve the results you want. Your acupuncturist can give you an idea of what to expect. With a little patience and an open mind, you’ll be on your way to health and vitality.