What to Expect during an Acupuncture Appointment?
During your first visit, the clinician will ask detailed questions about your health, history and lifestyle to better understand your underlying constitution and the root cause of your symptoms, and to build a treatment specific to you.
Another important part of diagnosis in the Eastern medicine approach is the examination of the tongue and palpation of the pulse. The clinician may ask to see your tongue and examine its shape, color and coating. The condition of the tongue and the speed, shape and quality of the pulse provide the clinician with information about the overall health of the body, the condition of internal organs, and other disease processes which may be occurring in the body.
After the initial interview and examination, the clinician will determine a diagnosis and treatment for your condition. Treatments may consist of any of several modalities includes moxibustion, cupping, Tui Na, Qi Gong, and Nutrition.
Your first appointment will last about 60 minutes, with follow-up appointments averaging about 30 minutes. For most conditions, a series of several treatments is required in order for you to achieve maximum benefit. After an initial evaluation, the acupuncturist will provide you with a treatment plan that includes the modalities to be used as well as the frequency and duration of treatment. A normal series of treatments is from six to 12 visits.