What to Expect
Your initial evaluation and first acupuncture treatment will involve a comprehensive health interview followed by the insertion of acupuncture needles. Your acupuncturist will ask a variety of questions related to your physical and emotional health, review your medical records, and discuss your treatment objectives. Then, you will receive an acupuncture treatment using a combination of evidence-based protocols and customized points. Some people notice improvement in their symptoms after one visit, but for many people it can take 3-5 weekly visits or more, depending on the nature and severity of symptoms.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture doesn't usually hurt. People describe many different sensations when receiving acupuncture, such as warmth around the acupoint, pulsing, itching, or a sensation somewhere else in the body.
What should I wear to my first appointment?
Clothes that are comfortable and easily adjustable are ideal.
How long before I see results?
You will likely feel relaxed after your first treatment and may notice some improvement in your symptoms, but it usually takes several consecutive treatments for acupuncture to take effect. Since it varies from case to case, your acupuncturist will be able to give you a better sense of when to expect results at your first visit.