Traditional Tibetan and Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy which is believed to flow through pathways called meridians in your body. During a treatment, fine needles will be inserted into specific points along these meridian pathways in order to re-balance your body's energy flow.
What will a clinic visit be like?
Our practitioners will review your medical history and talk with you about your current complaints. They will then perform a physical examination, which may include palpating muscles, wrist pulses, abdomen, and/or acupuncture meridians, and observing the shape, color, and coating of your tongue. You will then receive a treatment tailored to your unique needs.
What does acupuncture feel like?
When acupuncture needles are inserted you may experience a heavy, achy, or tingling sensation near the needle site or along the associated meridian pathway. In eastern medicine, such sensations are known as “De Qi,” and are an indication that the acupuncture is taking effect. Your practitioners may also use other techniques such as acupressure and or moxibustion. All techniques will be explained to you before the treatment.
How many acupuncture treatments will I need?
The effect of acupuncture treatment is cumulative. The initial recommended course of treatment for chronic or long-standing conditions is one session per week for 4–6 weeks. Complex conditions may require additional follow-up sessions, which you can schedule as needed in consultation with your practitioners. Acute conditions may require a few visits.