What can I expect on my first visit?

Your first visit lasts 1.5-2 hours. It involves a detailed intake, examination treatment plan and an acupuncture treatment. Follow up visits usually last an hour. During your visit, I will ask you questions regarding the reason for your visit, your “Chief Complaint”. I will ask for a history of this complaint and then questions regarding your general health. I will look at your tongue as well as observe your face, skin and “shen”/spirit. I will listen to your vocal quality and breathing. I will feel your pulse and palpate any necessary part of your body relative to your chief complaint. I will make a diagnosis and treatment plan based on my findings.


How should I prepare for my acupuncture session?

You should have eaten within 2 hours of your treatment. Don’t come hungry! Your body needs calories (energy) to be able to move your energy and you might feel nasous if you don’t eat. Right after treatment it is advised to not exercise vigorously, sit in a hot tub/sauna, engage in sexual activity or drink alcohol excessively. But after an hour or so, you should be fine. Acupuncture is a healing treatment and it is always good to engage in quieter activities after your appointment.


How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments needed will be decided on your first visit. The number is relative to your state of health, age, severity of your complaint and other factors.


How should I prepare for my acupuncture session?

You should have eaten within 2 hours of your treatment. Don’t come hungry! Your body needs calories (energy) to be able to move your energy and you might feel nasous if you don’t eat. Right after treatment it is advised to not exercise vigorously, sit in a hot tub/sauna, engage in sexual activity or drink alcohol excessively. But after an hour or so, you should be fine. Acupuncture is a healing treatment and it is always good to engage in quieter activities after your appointment.


The number of treatments needed will be decided on your first visit. The number is relative to your state of health, age, severity of your complaint and other factors.

How many treatments will I need?


Sensitivity to needles varies from person to person. Most people feel nothing or a slight prick as the needle is inserted right below the skin’s surface. As the needle is inserted to a deeper level, patents say they feel anything from a deep throbbing at the site to a radiating sensation going above or below the needles site. If I find a person is very sensitive, I will often use a thinner and/or Japanese style needle.

Do the needles hurt?


Yes, I use sterilized needles that are disposed of after I use them?

Is acupuncture safe?


Most people feel a deep sense of calm which is why acupuncture is often used to treat people suffering from stress. Many people feel a relief or a reduction of their pain experience if they have come in with a chief complaint of pain.

How will I feel after acupuncture?


Yes! The herbs that I prescribe come from companies that test their product for herbicides, pesticides, heavy metals and other pollutants.

Are Chinese herbal medicines safe?


Yes, Many people are treated for 2 or more conditions at once. One could be treated for fatigue and migraines, asthma and foot pain, or anxiety and eczema.

Can I see you for 2 conditions at once?


No, it is important to tell your practitioner if you have fainted in the past receiving injections or acupuncture. Better choice for you would be acupressure and/or massage. I will advise what I think the best modality may be for you to treat your condition.

I faint at the sight of needles or if I get a shot. Should I get acupuncture?