What to Expect

Oriental Medicine (sometimes called East Asian Medicine) is a traditional medicine originally from China, and has been the primary source of healthcare for more than half of the world’s population.  It differs from a Western diagnosis because our clients do not receive information based on a biomedical view of the body. Instead, diagnosis comes from a basis of theories about the body which have been developed over thousands of years. The methods used in arriving at a diagnosis are: looking at the skin, face, and tongue, listening to the tone of voice and breathing, along with hearing what our clients are saying, and the touch of acupuncture techniques. In addition, much of the diagnostic information derives from information received by checking the abdomen and the client’s pulse just above the wrist.

Your Appointment

The initial appointment lasts about 1 hour and 30 minutes and includes an acupuncture treatment.  Followup appointments last 45 minutes to 1 hour.  

During treatment the acupuncturist uses special diagnostic methods to determine if the body’s channels are either in a state of excess or deficiency. Oriental Medical Theory states that such imbalances are the cause of pain and illness and correcting these imbalances puts the client back on the path to wellness and restored health.

Treatments may consist of Acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping and guasha modalities, one or more of which may be included in your treatment depending on your condition.  If warranted, we may also prescribe an herbal formula as part of your treatment plan.

Most patients find the treatments very relaxing and some people even go to sleep during treatment. A patient may feel a slight sensation when the  needle connects with the “qi” (pronounced “chee”) or energy of the body.  The most common sensation reported is a feeling of increased well-being and balance.  


After Your Treatment

After your treatment, we will discuss a treatment plan for you.  The number of visits required is dependent on your condition and your wellness goals.  Chronic conditions that have been around for years may require more treatments than an acute injury or condition.  Everybody is unique and we tailor our treatments to you and your condition   We truly believe in the body’s intrinsic ability to heal from within and the power of acupuncture in alleviating symptoms and creating the energetic balance necessary for optimum health.