Before your Visit

Eat a snack!

It is requested that you have a light snack within a few hours before your appointment (a full meal is not necessary). Receiving acupuncture on an empty stomach may lead to lightheadedness or potential fainting.  By having food in the stomach, the body is able to maximize the treatment's effects.  

Pulse and tongue

Traditional Chinese Medicine utilizes the quality of the radial pulse as a diagnostic tool to determine the health of the patient. This is also done by observing the tongue's color, shape, coat, texture, etc.  Don't be shy when your Acupuncture Physician asks for you to stick your tongue out at them!

More than pain

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese herbal medicine are used to treat a variety of conditions.  While very effective at relieving pain, Traditional Chinese Medicine treats the common cold, mental/emotional distress, fertility, morning sickness, and skin issues (just to name a few!). The World Health Organization (WHO) has compiled a list of diseases and disorders proven effectively treated by acupuncture.  If you have any question, always feel free to contact the office. 

Palpation

Your acupuncture physician may palpate your abdomen as well as the arms and legs, shoulders, neck, etc.  Wearing loose clothing allows the practitioner to reach the appropriate points.  If necessary, you may be asked to remove a piece of clothing in which you will be draped appropriately having only small portions of the skin exposed. 

Embarrassing questions

Traditional Chinese Medicine understands that the body is many systems working together as one.  The body gives (sometimes very subtle) clues to when it needs help.  Your practitioner will ask about your diet, urination, menses, and bowel movement.

"I am scared of needles"

Acupuncture needles are sterile, stainless steel, and are very flexible.  They are the width of a few hairs-much thinner than those used to draw blood or give vaccines.  Most patients do not even feel them!  It is common for patients to take a nap during their treatment.