Before your appointment, please eat something substantial within 2 hours before your treatment. Please do not brush your tongue or discolour it with hard candy, tea or coffee within three hours of your appointment, because the tongue is routinely examined as part of Chinese diagnosis. Your initial appointment will consist of a complete health history and physical exam. A comprehensive treatment will follow the intake and may consist of any combination of acupuncture, acupressure, cupping, ear acupuncture and Onnetsu massage.
The initial visit is typically 80 minutes and follow-up visits are around 60 minutes. You should come at least 10 minutes prior to your appointment to fill the form on the first visit.
This depends on the severity of the condition and whether it is a chronic or acute condition. Usually patients can start seeing changes in as little as two to three treatments however the results may vary from case to case. In general, the more chronic the condition, the more long-term consistent treatments are needed for the best results. Acute conditions can be resolved quickly if treatment is started soon after onset. Once significant improvement occurs, maintenance treatment can be planned monthly or quarterly to prevent relapse and support general health and well-being.
Depending on the insurance carrier and policy, some patients can submit their receipts and get reimbursed for their visits. You can call your insurance company to find out if they cover your treatments and if a doctor’s referral is needed. We provide the bills and the necessary documentation to help you with this process.
Acupuncture is the practice of inserting ultra fine needles into specific points of energy that are located along 14 Meridians or Channels that cover the entire body. There are 365 classical Acupuncture points associated with the 14 Meridians. These points and meridians, mapped out millennia ago and confirmed by consistent practice have show that skillful insertion and manipulation of specific points will produce predictable results in the body..
The core of Traditional Chinese Medicine is the philosophy that we all have a complex system of channels which flow throughout our body distributing Qi or Life Energy to all of our tissues. When there is an obstruction in the flow of Qi or an imbalance in the Yin and Yang, health problems arise. Acupuncture can help to remove the blockage and stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal.
Generally speaking, Acupuncture should not be painful. You may feel a dull ache, perhaps a feeling of electricity or tingling, a sensation of heat or cold, or it may just feel strange. Sometimes you can feel Qi running up or down the body or a limb. The acupuncturist may manipulate the needles to achieve better treatment results, and you may experience a vague numbness, heaviness tingling or dull ache. Occasionally you may like you’ve been stung by a bee. This should pass almost immediately, and does not have any lasting sensation. If it doesn’t, tell your practitioner right away so he can adjust or remove the needle. Occasionally you may feel a throbbing ache, which may also be somewhat uncomfortable, especially if you are being treated for a chronic condition. At no time, though, should you have any sensation that is beyond your tolerance level. If you do, let your practitioner know right away. The fact is that the vast majority of clients report that, after a while, they begin to feel a real sense of well-being, almost euphoria.
Acupuncture is safe when it is practiced by qualified Registered Acupuncturist. Needles used for acupuncture are fine, sterile, disposable, single use, stainless steel implements. There are virtually no adverse effects or complications because it is an all-natural, drug-free therapy. Acupuncture is safe only when it is practiced by a qualified Registered Acupuncturist.