Your first visit usually begins with an extensive interview. You might be surprised at the range of questions you are asked which may seem irrelevant to your complaint. However, this line of questioning, including diagnostic tools such as tongue and pulse diagnosis, will help your practitioner in determining the correct pattern of disease and its appropriate treatment. Then, in preparation for the actual treatment, you may be asked to change into an examination gown. (It is advisable to come in loose clothing or bring a change of attire.) Most treatments will require you to lie down or sit comfortably. After the needles are inserted, you are usually left to rest for 15-30 minutes, some times longer if needed. . Frequently, our clients feel very relaxed that it allows them to meditate. Some even fall into a light sleep during the session.
In addition to acupuncture, several modalities may also be applied like:
1) Electro-acupuncture – This is the stimulation of needles using very low voltage electricity from a machine
2) Moxibubstion – This involves burning of an herb either attached to the needle, or indirectly over the skin.
3) Cupping/Ventosa – This is the practice of using a plastic or glass cup which is placed on the body thru suction.