On your first visit, your acupuncturist will listen to your medical history, ask you a series of questions, look at your tongue and feel your pulse. All of this information is then gathered together and your acupuncturist will come up with a special Chinese medicine diagnosis.
A Chinese medicine diagnosis describes patterns of imbalance in your body. It identifies if the energy is stuck, if there is too much or too little energy in different parts of the body, if there is a build-up of unwanted toxins or stickiness and ways that the body and mind together have been affected.
Your acupuncturist will then design a treatment that will bring your body back into balance so that it can heal itself. Any of the treatments listed on the left might be used to help your body to heal. In the beginning, you will probably find that regular treatments are the best way to start feeling better quickly.
Most people come once or twice a week in the beginning, and after three or four treatments you will have a good idea how quickly your body is responding. Once you start feeling better you might then decide to come less often, just to keep your energy flowing and to make sure that any blockages or weaknesses don’t get a chance to turn into serious problems.
But many people find that they still like to come once a week, even when they’re feeling good, because they love the free and easy relaxed feeling that they get from their acupuncture treatments.