Here are some important things to keep in mind to help make your appointment run smoothly. In addition, please see the Covid 19 page for important information and current policies.
Your initial appointment will include a comprehensive intake of your health history. This is because Oriental Medicine strives to find the root of your problem, not just treat the symptoms. Body, mind, and spirit are all considered when making an assessment and when administering acupuncture or other treatments.
After the consultation, your pulse will be taken, and you will be asked to show your tongue. These give your practitioner very important clues as to the state of your health. (Please note, the tongue assessment is temporarily suspended due to COVID 19, and a photo taken at home will be requested instead).
Typically, 10 to 20 acupuncture needles will be inserted in selected points on the body, most on the lower arms and legs, or on the back or trunk depending on the issue being treated. The needles will be stimulated gently by twisting, lifting, or by other methods to make an energetic connection with the acupuncture point. The needles remain in place approximately 25 minutes, and most patients have a deep sense of relaxation during their treatment.