As an acupuncturist, there are some questions I am often asked. Here they are and here are my answers.
Q. What should I expect?
A. I will ask you for a detailed history, and will check your tongue and take your pulses. I will decide on whether to treat you with acupuncture, herbs, cupping, moxa or some combination of techniques based on what you have told me. After the treatment, you may want to rest, or you may feel invigorated, but it is perfectly fine to go about your daily activities including working out. Chinese medicine can be a catalyst for subtle, and not so subtle, change because it reverberates in both the body and spirit.
Q. How many treatments will I need?
A. The number of sessions depends on the goal of treatment. For acute
conditions, a few treatments will usually be sufficient. Chronic and more
complex problems may need one or two treatments per week for a few weeks or months.
Q. How should I prepare for treatment?
A. Wear comfortable and loose clothing. Have a light meal but do not consume any alcoholic beverages before treatments. Tell me all of your medications and any physical or mental conditions. If possible, bring me a list of all medications.
To find out more check out my post Acupuncture and TCM: Your First Visit