The first visit with a Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist is approximately 60-75 minutes in length. It is best to have all the intake forms filled out prior to the appointment.
During the first visit the Acupuncturist will try to get as complete a picture of your health as possible, through extensive discussion of your past and current health, as well as your family health history, and your current lifestyle factors.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture treats the whole person through individualized treatment, therefore it is very important for them to understand not only physical aspects of one’s health status, but also the mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors that contribute to illness.
Based on a Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnosis, you will receive a treatment of Acupuncture, which involves the insertion of surgical steel, sterilized, one time use fine needles at points located on various points of the body. Based on the pattern of disease you may benefit from additional therapies such as cupping therapy, heat therapy, Chinese medical diet therapy, lifestyle counselling and Chinese Herbal therapy. You will be asked to monitor your symptoms between visits and report to the Acupuncturist any changes on the next visit.
It is suggested to wear loose fitting clothing to your appointment to allow for access to certain points on the body.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture treatments are individualized and customized to the patient’s health concerns and goals. Frequency and number of visits will be suggested and may change depending on the response to treatment. The aim of Acupuncture is to treat the root cause of disease, by identifying and removing the cause of the illness, rather than suppressing its symptoms.
Acupuncture stimulates the natural healing process of the body with minimal side effects; however, any concerns should be discussed with the Acupuncturists.
Throughout subsequent visits, which will be approx. 45 minutes in length, your Acupuncturist will follow-up with your treatment plan and adjust and alter it where necessary.