What can I expect from my first visit?
The initial treatment usually lasts about 1 to 1.5 hours. During your first visit, a detailed medical history will be taken to thoroughly understand your main complaint and your general health and lifestyle. This involves asking questions about your current symptoms, and other information such as your sleeping pattern, your appetite and digestion, and any past pregnancies and childbirth. The practitioner will also take your pulse, examine your tongue, and assess muscular tension or pain areas.

What are acupuncture needles?
Acupuncture uses hair-thin, single-use, sterile needles to stimulate specific anatomical points on the body. Needling is usually painless; occasionally, the patient may feel a slight stinging or distending sensation.

Does acupuncture hurt?
Many people associate needles with intense pain and are not aware that acupuncture needles are extremely thin and flexible when inserted and feel like a mild prick, although some individuals may feel that the needles sting and hurt. Generally, needles are left in place for 20 to 30 minutes.

How does acupuncture work?
The ancient Chinese recognized a vital force, Qi (pronounced “chee”), the basis of all life. Qi flows along specific pathways in the body known as Meridians. When Qi becomes blocked, deficient, or stagnant, we experience the signs and symptoms of pain and illness. An acupuncturist learns precise points at which blockages may be relieved. The proper placement of needles may enhance the flow of Qi, and may restore the body and mind to a more harmonious state. Each point has a designated effect on the energy passing through it. This system of medicine came from carefully recorded observations, passed from master to student over thousands of years.

How often can you get acupuncture?
You and your acupuncturist will have to discuss a treatment plan specific to your needs and symptoms. You will then know how many sessions to expect and plan accordingly.

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