• What to Expect ...

    Prior to your first appointment, I will have had you complete a comprehensive intake form online through my EHR portal. Paper forms are also an option upon request. The intake includes questions about your current state of health, past illnesses, and family history. These questions are important because the holistic approach of Asian medicine takes everything into account; symptoms that may seem unrelated often provide information about overall patterns.

    After reviewing your intake form, we'll discuss your condition. I'll use additional TCM diagnostic techniques, such pulse and tongue examination, palpation along the acupuncture channels, or hara diagnosis (light palpation of the abdomen). I'll choose acupuncture points based on your condition, typically 5-15 treatment points.  Once the needles are inserted, I'll leave you to lie comfortably for 15-40 minutes with the needles in place. Often, mid-session I will remove the first sets of needles and have you change position to access more points - a "front" and a "back" treatment. Many people find acupuncture treatments deeply relaxing, and it's not uncommon for people to fall asleep.

    Many first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor’s office. They won't. Acupuncture needles are extremely thin, flexible needles with rounded tips that are often not even felt upon insertion. They are sterile, disposable, and single-use. When stimulated, the needles often produce a unique sensation described in Asian medicine as 'de qi'. People often describe this as tingling sensation, a mild heaviness, or a spreading traveling feeling. You may also feel a rushing sensation moving down the meridian pathways. I also use Japanese acupuncture techniques where each needle is inserted more superficially, as well as non-insertive needle techniques which simply touch the skin at the point. Magnet, pressure seeds, electric micro-current and cold laser/light can also be used to stimulate the points. People are usually surprised by how gentle and comfortable acupuncture is.