What should I expect for my first Traditional Chinese Medicine visit?


Your first visit is scheduled for 90 minutes and will include a consultation, acupuncture session, treatment plan and dietary recommendations.


What should I do before my first appointment?

When you schedule your appointment, we will mail you a health history form (or you can download it off the web). If you haven't filled this out prior to your appointment, please come 15 minutes before to your appointment to sit and have herbal tea or water and fill it out.

  • Fill out your health history form

So you feel most comfortable during the treatment:

  • Eat your regular meals – but try not to eat 45 minutes before the treatment.
  • Make sure you have emptied your bladder and bowels if needed.
  • Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes
  • Please avoid over-exertion for at least 6 hours prior to your appointment. Please avoid alcohol and recreational drugs for at least 12 hours before your appointment.


What will my first appointment be like?

Your appointment will be a time where we will discuss any physical, mental, emotional and social concerns you may have. This is your time – we are starting a journey in health together, so it is important that we have an open dialogue, and discuss who you are not just your symptoms.

Your acupuncturist will ask you about: your symptoms, sleeping habits, stress, diet, and emotional states. She will also ask to look at your tongue and feel your pulses.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on patterns, and your acupuncturist uses all of the pieces of information you give, to put together a picture of your health.

If you are interested in acupuncture, this generally takes a few minutes to put the points in, and then you can relax for approximately 30 minutes.

After your treatment, we will discuss your treatment plan and any dietary and herbal recommendations.

 

What is a treatment plan?

Your treatment plan, will outline your patterns in health and any underlying imbalances. You will get to see your patterns and the treatment options we will use to address these patterns. Also we will discuss your goals and a time line for care.

 

What does acupuncture feel like?

We use sterile disposable stainless steel needles – they are thinner than a human hair! For your comfort we use a guide tube – so often you don't even feel the needle go in. After the needle is inserted, your acupuncturist will ask you to indicate when you can feel a sensation. Most people have an initial localized feeling of heaviness, pressure or heat, or you may feel an electric sensation that may travel. These sensations generally don't last more than a few moments, however it is not uncommon to feel some sensations from time to time as the Qi (vital energy) flows through your body.

If you are ever feeling uncomfortable – your acupuncturist will do what ever is needed, so you will feel comfortable and relaxed. Remember this is a journey we take together – if at any point you would like to end the treatment or have specific needles taken out, that is completely acceptable and we will do it right away.

 

What should I feel or do after my treatment?

After a treatment most people feel relaxed, calm, and have a general feeling of well-being. The best indication of how you will feel is to reflect back to how you may have felt after a similar type of treatment such as: Massage Therapy, Chiropractic, or Naturopathic treatment.

After your treatment try to:

  • Drink plenty of water to flush any toxins release by the treatment.
  • Find time throughout the day to relax or have a nap if you are feeling tired. When you rest is when your body is most able to rejuvenate and heal itself.
  • Directly after a treatment avoid over-exertion, and stresses.