East Asian Medicine is the only health care system in the world that combines treatment of the body, mind and emotion to treat not only chronic illness and injury but also acute care necessities as well as preventive care. This approach allows clients to not only feel better, but make long lasting changes in their mind, emotion and body. Not only do clients find relief from their pain or sickness but also find a true path to Health, Wellness and Optimization. Each treatment is dedicated to moving your body toward a better state of health. Treatments are individually tailored to your needs on that specific day while maintaining your progress toward your health and wellness goals.
As with most health practitioners, the first visit to an acupuncturist usually begins with the practitioner taking a detailed history. Since traditional Chinese medicine takes a more holistic approach to patient care than Western medicine, you may be asked questions that appear unimportant (questions about your sleep habits, your ability to tolerate heat or cold, your dietary habits, etc.) but are actually vital to the type of care you will receive.
After reviewing your history, the practitioner will begin diagnosing your ailment. Depending on your condition, you may be subjected to an examination of the tongue, as well as an examination of the pulse - major diagnostic techniques in traditional Chinese medicine.
Using all of the information obtained during the history and diagnosis, the practitioner will then determine the cause of your symptoms. Depending on the condition, needles will be inserted into specific acupuncture points on the body. The acupuncturist may use electrical stimulation to enhance acupuncture's therapeutic effect.
Depending on the seriousness and the length of your condition, your first visit may take between one and a half to two hours. It may take several visits to see significant improvement or cure your condition. As with any treatment plan, however, make sure that your questions are answered completely, and that the treatment plan seems viable and reasonable. If you don't understand a particular technique or type of treatment, make sure to ask.