Acupuncture Therapy Initial Appointment
- Your practitioner will spend time getting to know you and your health concerns. You may be asked a wide range of questions regarding your symptoms, eating, exercise, sleep habits, emotional state and anything that may provide insight into your complaints.
- Your practitioner will perform an Oriental Medical examination.
- Your practitioner will also employ diagnostic tools that are unique to acupuncture and TCM such as tongue and pulse diagnosis to determine the precise cause of your problem(s).
- You will receive a comprehensive diagnosis and a treatment plan that will thoroughly explain: How therapy is addressing the root cause of your health complaints, as well as explain how we determine the best course of care for your conditions and how we track your improvements throughout your care.
- An estimate of future care that is needed until the personal maximum relief, stabilization, and/or correction of your problem has been obtained.
- Modalities of treatment you will receive.
- You will receive Acupuncture therapy.
- You will receive homework to monitor your rate of response to treatment.
Acupuncture Therapy Follow-Up
- Discuss how long treatment held.
- You will receive Acupuncture Therapy.
- You will receive homework to continue to monitor your rate of response to treatment.
Getting the most out of treatment
For the best treatment results, keep a few things in mind:
- It’s important to be punctual for your appointments
- Please eat only a light meal prior to your visit
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing
- Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns with your acupuncturist
- Refrain from overexertion, drugs or alcohol for at least six hours after treatment
- Follow and comply with your treatment plan between visits
- Keep all of your appointments, as the effects of treatment are cumulative
How treatment works
To treat any Qi imbalances, fine, sterile needles will be inserted at specific acupuncture points along the meridian pathways. Your acupuncturist will concentrate on acupuncture points related to specific organs, based on your unique issues and symptoms.
Your practitioner may include other related therapies in your treatment plan, such as cupping, Gua Sha or moxibustion. Herbal remedies are another important aspect of acupuncture and TCM, and it’s important to understand and follow your practitioner’s directions in order to get the most benefit from these treatments.
Your role in the healing process
Your actions are a key component of your treatment plan. Focusing on your health and committing to a healthy lifestyle are the best steps you can take for your well-being. Together, you and your acupuncturist can heal your imbalances and help you achieve harmony and balance.
Even after your symptoms are resolved, acupuncture can assist you in maintaining your health, and possibly prevent future imbalances. The more you incorporate acupuncture and TCM into your life, the more you’ll learn to nurture your body, mind and spirit.
Acupuncture is not an instant fix.
True healing takes time and dedication. Depending on your current health and symptoms, you could feel better right away, or you may need treatments for weeks, or months. The benefits of acupuncture therapy are cumulative, meaning the treatments build upon each other. Your acupuncturist can give you an idea of what to expect. With a little patience and an open mind, you’ll be on your way to health and vitality.
Acupuncture and TCM offer a safe and effective holistic health care system. This natural approach can both resolve symptoms and enhance your overall health.
By taking the right steps and planting the seeds of health, you are on the road to a healthier you!
The ideal frequency for acupuncture therapy (assuming both patients and practitioners have the option to adjust to it) depends on one’s concept of the function of acupuncture therapy. Consider a few examples of other therapies. Would you, or specialists in their respective fields, recommend that a patient:
- take nutritional supplements (such as a vitamin/mineral) once per week or once per day?
- take a course of antibiotics, one dose per week for ten weeks or one dose per day for ten days?
- take a decongestant once per week during allergy season, or every day during allergy season?
- exercise 20-30 minutes once per week, or 20-30 minutes at least five days per week?
- take an herb decoction or other herb preparation once per week, or every day?
- get a good night’s sleep once per week, or every night?
- eat healthy foods once per week or every day (or most days)?
You will find that once per week doesn’t work for any of these things. There are some cancer therapies that are given once per week, but they are severely toxic and long-lasting, and not comparable to the experience of natural therapies. However, diet, exercise, sleep, herbs, vitamins, and common drug therapies are more like acupuncture treatments in their regulatory and recuperative effects, and they should be undertaken daily or almost every day.