First Appointment: The initial consultation is usually 1 1/2 hours where you can talk at length about what you would like from treatment. A medical case history is taken which helps form a complete picture of your health and lifestyle. Chinese diagnostic methods such as feeling the pulse on both wrists and looking at the tongue are used to complete your diagnosis.
Follow up appointments: At the beginning of a typical session you can discuss how you have felt since your last treatment and what positive changes you have seen. The pulse and tongue are checked before proceeding with treatment. Sessions are between 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Do I need to prepare for treatment? It is helpful to wear clothes that allow easy access to the lower arms and legs. Because the points are located along and on channels, the points used are not necessarily close to where you experience pain or discomfort. For example, if you suffer from headaches needles might be inserted in your foot or hand. After treatment it is good to rest and not be too active as you may feel very relaxed or sleepy. Even if you feel energized from treatment it is advised to take it easy so energy goes towards your body’s natural healing response. Try not to go for treatment on an empty stomach or straight after a heavy meal and avoid alcohol or too much caffeine on that day.
What are the needles like? The needles are ultra fine and made of high quality stainless steel. They are all individually sterilized and pre-packed for single use. Being so fine the needles can be inserted comfortably. Patient describe a dull ache or tingling sensation when a point is needled, this is called deqi and is a good sign.
Other techniques such as cupping, moxa or electro acupuncture may also be used.
Treatment progress: For some patients the effects of treatment are sudden and dramatic whilst for others the process is gradual and accumulative. You may find instant relief from symptoms or start with subtle changes and a greater sense of well being. Many patients report an improvement in their sleep, better energy levels and increased relaxation.
There is also more information on what to expect in the FAQs.