What will the acupuncturist do?
An assessment by the acupuncturist will be done during the initial evaluation. Based on the examination, a plan of treatment will be discussed. Treatment may be modified to address presenting complaints in subsequent visits such as cold or flu symptoms or acute back pain.
Why do they want to feel my pulses?
The condition of the internal organs and meridians as well as the state of qi and blood and yin and yang can be determined by palpating the pulse. Different positions on the wrist correspond to specific organs and meridians while certain levels/places reflect the general health condition. An assessment of the pulse will aid in diagnosis.
Why do they want to look at my tongue?
The tongue reflects the general health of the organs and meridians. The color, shape, cracks, and coating are all noted. Observation of the tongue is remarkably reliable in determining the state of the internal organs.
What should I expect during treatment?
Where the acupuncture needle is inserted, a vague numbness, heavy and/or dull sensation is experienced around the acupoint or a distending sensation is felt along the meridian. This therapeutic response is called the “gaining of qi.” Treatments can last from 15 to 30 minutes depending on whether the condition is one of “excess” or “deficiency.”
How should I prepare?
Wear loose comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points. (For example, if wearing pants, be sure they can be loosely rolled above the knees.)Eat prior to the acupuncture treatment, but don’t eat in excess.Refrain from overexertion six hours prior to treatment.Do not imbibe in alcohol or illicit drugs.
How deep are the needles inserted?
The depth varies depending on many factors including the location of the acupuncture point. Whatever the depth, though, needle insertion is relatively painless.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is extremely safe. The needles are sterile. They are made from stainless steel, individually packaged, and disposed of after each insertion.
What type of education do acupuncturists receive?
Today, acupuncturists hold a graduate degree. They receive extensive academic instruction and comprehensive clinical training in nationally accredited schools. All acupuncturists must pass national exams and meet strict licensing guidelines to practice in the state. Most acupuncturists obtain continuing education credits in courses approved by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
If you would like to book an acupuncture appointment with Maureen, please call 262-249-6601.