• Your appointment will generally last from 1 to 1 ½ hours.
  • As a new patient you have 2 options for paperwork:
    • You can arrive approximately 15 minutes early for your appointment and fill it out in the waiting room
    • You can download forms from our website and fill them out before your appointment.
  • The New Patient paperwork includes 1 Intake Form and 1 Consent form that should be read and filled out
  • After checking in for your appointment, your acupuncturist will follow up on the information you provided in your intake forms during a 20-25 minute consultation. He/She may ask you a series of detailed questions about any health problems or symptoms you might be having.
  • In addition to your paperwork and consultation, your practitioner will also examine your tongue and feel your pulse in both wrists in order to arrive at a traditional Chinese medical diagnosis.
  • If you are taking any medication or herbal supplements please let your acupuncturist know.
  • After the initial consultation, you may be asked to remove your shoes and socks and lie down. Depending on the area to receive treatment, you may be asked to remove other articles of clothing. For your comfort and convenience we offer clean medical gowns that can be worn during your treatment.
  • After swabbing the various acupuncture sites with alcohol, your practitioner will insert very thin, sterile, disposable needles. Although some points are more sensitive than others, the patient will usually feel little to no sensation or discomfort. A heat lamp and/or space blanket are available should you feel cold during your treatment.
  • The needles will be left in for approximately 25-35 minutes. Most people find acupuncture to be very relaxing; however, should you experience any pain or discomfort, please alert your practitioner right away so adjustments can be made.
  • If your practitioner thinks it would be beneficial to your treatment, he/she might make recommendations for dietary and/or exercise changes as part of his/her suggested treatment plan.
  • After your treatment, a treatment plan will be suggested if needed.

After your visit:

  • Plan to take it easy after your treatment.
  • Sometimes after receiving an acupuncture treatment you may feel a little lightheaded or “woozy.” If that is the case, please sit for a while in our waiting area. In a few minutes you’ll be relaxed and clear-headed.
  • It’s best if you do not come to your appointment on an empty or full stomach.
  • Very rarely, symptoms may become worse after an acupuncture treatment. This is often a sign that previously dormant conditions are being awakened so that complete healing may occur. This should pass quickly. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the clinic.

For past due, acupuncture is more gentler treatment in working with the mother’s natural rhythms to stimulate birth. Research has shown that acupuncture takes from 3-60 hours to initiate contractions, although depending on how far beyond term it may take repeat sessions.

Treatment involves moxibustion. It is a way of stimulating points with heat, which can encourage the fetus to turn. Greatest success between 32 and 35 weeks, but some patients have been shown to turn as late as 38 weeks.

In a typical cupping session, glass cups are warmed using a cotton ball or other flammable substance, which is soaked in alcohol, then placed inside the cup. Burning a substance inside the cup removes all the oxygen, which creates a vacuum. Or plastic suction type of cups are used with a pump to create suction.

As the substance burns, the cup is turned upside-down so that the practitioner can place the cup over a specific area. The vacuum created by the lack of oxygen anchors the cup to the skin and pulls it upward on the inside of the glass as the air inside the jar cools. Drawing up the skin is believed to open up the skin’s pores, which helps to stimulate the flow of blood, balances and realigns the flow of qi, breaks up obstructions, and creates an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body.

Depending on the condition being treated, the cups will be left in place from 10 – 25 minutes. Several cups may be placed on a patient’s body at the same time. Some practitioners will also apply small amounts of medicated oils or herbal oils to the skin just before the cupping procedure, which lets them move the cups up and down particular acupoints or meridians after they have been applied.

Fleshy sites on the body, such as the back and stomach (and, to a lesser extent, the arms and legs), are the preferred sites for treatment.

After treatment, the cups are carefully removed. It is typical that there will be circular bruise marks that  dissapate afterwards. They can take up to several days to not be visible.