The Acupuncturist will talk with you about your medical history and the reasons you are seeking acupuncture. A Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnosis will be made, and a treatment plan discussed. After you are comfortable in the treatment room, the acupuncturist will proceed with the treatment modalities best suited to your conditions. Wearing loose, comfortable clothing is preferred, as is the absence of scented perfumes.
During the treatment, sterile, thin, disposable acupuncture needles are inserted into acupuncture points. The insertion is almost painless, feeling like a small pinch followed by a sensation of fullness at the point. Needles usually remain in place 20-45 minutes. Treatments are actually very relaxing.
Herbal Therapy Herbal therapy is sometimes
used to help compliment the treatment protocol. Depending on the TCM
diagnosis, a formula will be recommended which contains just the right
types and dosage of Chinese herbs to treat the condition. These may be
in the form of capsules, tablets, powder, or teas.
Additional Modalities Treatments
may also include other therapies such as cupping, moxibustion,
acupressure, gua sha, heat, cold, tui na, massage, and qi-gong .