What to Expect

First Appointment

Your first visit begins with an in-depth assessment of your condition followed by an initial treatment. During the assessment I may ask you questions about things that seem unrelated to your condition such as your emotions, sleeping patterns and eating habits. To develop an effective course of treatment I must gather this information because Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) focuses on restoring health to the whole person, not just curing one isolated symptom.

The initial appointment may take up to two hours depending on your condition. Follow up appointments typically last 45-50 minutes.

During Treatment

First I determine the acupuncture points that require manipulation then I insert acupuncture needles into those points and adjust them to regulate the flow of Qi. The needles remain in place usually for 20-30 minutes. I adjust the lighting and room temperature to your liking and turn on soft, soothing music to relax you during the treatment. Most of my clients experience a warm, tingling sensation and fall into a deep state of relaxation or even sleep during treatment.

After Treatment

Individual response to treatment varies. Your relief may be immediate, delayed for a few hours or even develop after one to three days. The relief may last for a few hours on the first visit and then last longer with each successive treatment, or relief may last from the first treatment until your next visit.

Side effects are rare but may include lightheadedness, dizziness, sleepiness, euphoria, nausea, slight bruising and residual muscle aches. Any side effects should only last a short time. Staying hydrated and resting after your treatment will minimize these side effects. Report any side effects you experience at your next visit.

On rare occasions, your original symptoms may briefly get worse, or "flare-up," after a treatment. A flare-up typically occurs later on the day of your treatment and should only last for a few hours. After a flare-up, your symptoms should improve.

Course of Treatment

As part of your first visit, you will receive a customized treatment plan detailing an appropriate course of treatment for your specific condition. In general, acute conditions of recent onset may only require two or three treatments. Chronic conditions usually require more treatments to achieve sustained results. Treatment of allergies with NAET follows specific protocols which I will discuss with you at your first visit. To maximize the effectiveness of your treatments you must follow through on treatments and obey all treatment protocols.

After your condition improves I may recommend additional treatments to strengthen your body to prevent recurrence of the illness. In TCM this is referred to as "solidifying the constitution". Your body is most vulnerable following recovery from illness because it has expended much of its energy and internal resources to heal.

Preparing for Your Treatment

The following suggestions will help you to have a safe and relaxing experience with acupuncture.

  • Bring a list of current medications you are taking including any prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements and vitamins.
  • Bring any lab or medical reports relevant to your condition.
  • Eat a light meal a few hours prior to your visit. Do not receive acupuncture if you are fasting; excessive hunger increases the risk of nausea or dizziness. Likewise, do not overeat or eat any foods that may upset your stomach (rich, greasy, fried or extremely spicy foods).
  • Avoid alcohol on the day of your appointment both before and after treatment.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Many commonly-used acupuncture points are located between the wrists and elbows and the ankles and knees. You will be more comfortable if your clothing can be easily rolled up to your elbows and knees.