First Visit

Buddha
Please read below for tips on how to prepare for your first acupuncture appointment. 
 

BEFORE VISIT

  • Arrive with loose fitting, comfortable clothing

  • Have a light snack before your treatment

  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol before treatment

  • Bring a list of your current medications

  • Please refrain from brushing your tongue the day of your visit.  Tongue diagnosis is used in Chinese Medicine to determine one's overall health "pattern"

 

You will be asked to fill out a Health History Form before your first treatment.  Please download the form, print, and bring with you to your first appointment.  For privacy reasons, please avoid sending your personal health information by email.

To download forms, please click here: 

DURING VISIT

Acupuncture needles are extremely thin, similar to the width of a human hair.  Some people may experience a slight prick when the needle is inserted, while others barely feel anything.  Once the needles are in, common sensations may include a feeling of heaviness, numbness, tingling, tightness or a dull ache – these responses let us know that the treatment is working. 

 

You can relax and drift into a meditative state; some people even fall asleep during treatment.  Once the needles are inserted, you are left in the room to relax with soft music for the remainder of your session.

AFTER VISIT

After the needles are removed, you may feel little or no sensation, or there may be a bit of soreness where the needles were inserted, but this will go away on its own.  Most people feel very relaxed, sleepy or “acu-stoned” afterwards, so it is recommended to avoid any strenuous workouts or activities right after the treatment. 

If your condition is relatively new and mild, often only a few sessions are necessary. For chronic cases, long-term treatment is the most beneficial.