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WHAT TO EXPECT



Acupuncture sessions
During your first office visit, the practitioner may ask you at length about your health condition, lifestyle and behavior. The practitioner will want to obtain a complete picture of your treatment needs and behaviors that may contribute to your condition. Inform the acupuncturist about all treatments or medications you are taking and all medical conditions you have. It is a good idea to bring your recent medical records and lab test reports.

Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid, and hair-thin. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needle is inserted. Some people feel energized by the treatment, while others feel relaxed. Improper needle placement, movement of the patient, or a defect in the needle can cause soreness and pain during treatment. That is why it is important to seek treatment from a qualified acupuncture practitioner.

In addition to acupuncture, the practitioner may include herbal and homeopathic supplements, point-injection, far-infrared therapy, manual treatment, cupping or other adjunctive modalities.

How many visits will you need
Treatment may take place over a period of several weeks. The number of visits you will need depends on several factors. One is how long you have had your current condition. Acute conditions, like cold or flu, will generally only require one or two treatments. Conditions that are more recent, like sudden pain from an injury or seasonal allergies may require 3 or 4 treatments before symptoms are reduced. Other conditions may require more visits. Every patient follows a unique treatment plan.

It is wise to keep in perspective that the longer you have been ill or injured, the longer it will take to recover.

Know your acupuncturist
In general, the more educated and trained your acupuncturist is, the better treatment results you can expect. The best option is to be treated by a medical doctor with full training in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Acupuncture should only be administered by practitioners who have specific education in this field due to risk of improper needling, inadequate understanding of oriental medical diagnostic procedures, transmission of disease or ethical violations. Ask your practitioner about his/ her education and experience in order to ensure that you receive professional acupuncture care.

Information about levels of training and education for acupuncturists you can get from the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM).

You can verify the credentials of your acupuncturist at the website of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

Intake forms
Enclosed below are forms that we need at the time of your first visit. You can fill them out in our office or, alternatively, you can fill them out in the comfort of your home and bring them to us.

 
   Patient Information Form

 
   Patient Health History Form

 
Cupping




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