Frequently Asked Questions
What will be expected for the initial consultation?
The initial consultation should takes around 15 minutes.
Complete the patient intake form at the clinic.
The practitioner will then take your pulse reading, examine your tongue, and diagnose the area of your main complaint during your initial consultation.
After that, the practitioner might ask questions relating to many different aspects of your life, not only the condition for which you are seeking treatment. Some of these questions may seem irrelevant to your complaint, but all are necessary to build up a complete picture of your health.
What should I do before treatment?
Do not engage in strenuous activity, smoke excessively, drink alcohol, or ingest heavy meals before or after your acupuncture treatment. It is best to eat a light meal before your treatment and wear shorts or loose clothing so that the arms and legs below the elbows and knees, as well as the abdomen, are accessible.
How does Acupuncture work?
Life energy (Qi) flows through the whole body. Sickness and pain are caused by an imbalance of Qi and Blood. The acupuncturist is able to influence health by stimulating specific points along the meridians to balance Qi and Blood.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is generally considered to be very safe. Research shows that serious side effects are very rare. The needles used are sterile and non-toxic, used once only and then disposed of safely.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture is generally painless because acupuncture needles are about the thickness of a dog’s whisker or a strand of hair. There may be a moment of pain at the time of insertion, but once the needles are in they shouldn’t cause pain. Should you experience any discomfort, inform the practitioner, and they will adjust the needles accordingly.
How many treatments will I need?
Every case is unique, but the practitioner will be able to give you some idea of how many times you may need to come for treatment at your initial exam.