My First Visit


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What to expect with your first visit

  • Your appointment will generally last from 1 to 1 ½ hours.  
  • Please eat a light meal before your appointment.
  • As a new patient you have 2 options for paperwork:
    • You can arrive approximately 30 minutes early for your appointment and fill it out in the waiting room
    • By Scheduling Online a link to fill out the forms will be sent to your email address.
  • If you are taking any medication or supplements please let your acupuncturist know.
  • During your intake, your practitioner will also examine your tongue and feel your pulse in both wrists in order to arrive at a traditional Chinese medical diagnosis.
  • After the intake, you may be asked to remove your shoes and socks and lie down. Please wear loose and comfortable clothing.  Pants will need to be loose enough to be pulled up to just above the knees and shirts sleeve need to be able to be pulled up to your upper arms.
  • After swabbing the various acupuncture sites with alcohol, your practitioner will insert thin, sterile, disposable needles. Although some points are more sensitive than others, the patient will usually feel a small amount of sensation. 
  • The needles will be left in for approximately 15-30 minutes. During this time the practitioner will check on you several times, and a call button will be available should you need to contact your acupuncturist for any reason. Most people find acupuncture to be very relaxing; however, should you experience any pain or discomfort, please alert your practitioner right away so adjustments can be made.
  • If your practitioner thinks it would be beneficial to your treatment, traditional Chinese herbs will be prescribed, and other TCM treatments will be discussed as part of your treatment plan.
  • After your treatment you’re invited to visit our reception desk to schedule your next appointment. Any herbs your acupuncturist recommended will be available to purchase or a prescription will be provided to you to take to any Chinese Herbal Pharmacy.

After your visit

  • Plan to take it easy after your treatment.
  • Sometimes after receiving an acupuncture treatment you may feel a little lightheaded or “woozy.” If that is the case, please sit for a while in our waiting area. In a few minutes you’ll be relaxed and clear-headed.
  • It’s best if you do not come to your appointment on an empty or full stomach.
  • Herbal prescriptions are intended only for the person for whom they were prescribed. Do not give herbal formulas to anyone else.
  • Very rarely, symptoms may become worse after an acupuncture treatment. This is often a sign that previously dormant conditions are being awakened so that complete healing may occur. This should pass quickly. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

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Online Scheduling