First Visit

During our first session, we’ll discuss any current complaints you’re having, including any current or past medical conditions, and come up with an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan.

This initial consultation lasts about 45 minutes and is followed by an acupuncture treatment (30 minutes). Wear loose or comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points below the knees and elbows. If you need to take off any clothes, an appropriate drape or gown will be provided to you. Also, make sure you eat before the treatment; acupuncture can leave you feeling light-headed on an empty stomach. After your treatment, you’ll feel rested, relaxed, and ready to take on the world!

Acupuncture: What to expect

Though many patients are nervous about acupuncture, they needn’t be. Treatment is typically painless, and quite relaxing. A typical acupuncture treatment lasts 30 minutes, but may be longer or shorter depending upon what is required. Once the needles are inserted, the patient is left to rest on the table for 20-30 minutes. During that period the needles may be manipulated to increase the therapeutic benefits of the treatment.

How treatment works

Acupuncture treatment is designed to treat the both the symptoms and the underlying cause of your problem. Once a correct diagnosis is established, your acupuncturist will select the appropriate acupuncture points to be treated. Acupuncture works to relieve pain, restore blood flow, alleviate muscle spasms, and normalize organ function.

What to wear

Wear loose, comfortable clothing that will allow the acupuncturist easy access to points below the knees and elbows. If you are coming from work, you may want to bring a pair of shorts and a short-sleeved shirt. If you need to take off any clothes, an appropriate drape or gown will be provided for you.

Getting the most from your treatment

For the best treatment results, keep a few things in mind:

  • Please show up on time.
  • Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns with your acupuncturist.
  • Refrain from overexertion, drugs or alcohol for at least 2 hours after treatment.
  • Do not consume any caffeine for at least 1 hour before your first visit.

If you have any questions or concerns about your first visit with us, please contact us or give us a ring at 650-564-9002.