Acupuncture - What To Expect From Your First Treatment

What to expect from your first acupuncture visit

We ask that you arrive 10-15 minutes early for your initial appointment. This will provide you with enough time to complete our confidential health history form, to use the washroom and to have a drink of tea or water. You may also compete this form in advance by clicking here to print and bring it with you to your first appointment.

During your initial visit with us, one of our therapists will listen to your concerns and take a complete medical history with you. While our attention will be focused on your main health concern, we will also pay close attention to the symptoms and functioning of all the systems in your body. This holistic approach is fundamental to the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

After carefully reviewing your case history your practitioner will explain your Chinese medical diagnosis, answer any questions you may have and discuss their recommendations with you. Treatment plans are always customized to address each patient’s unique constitution. Along with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, your practitioner may also offer suggestions for self care including dietary and lifestyle modifications, relaxation techniques and physical exercise.

Your initial acupuncture session is 60 minutes and will include a short acupuncture treatment as well. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and arrive at your session without being either hungry or overly full. Please also bring any lab reports or charts you may have that are related to your condition; we will make a copy and include this in your chart at our centre.

More information can also be found in our Frequently Asked Questions section:

* Does acupuncture hurt?
* How large are the needles?
* Are there any adverse effects or risks to acupuncture treatments?
* Are there any risks to acupuncture during pregnancy, either to the mother or baby?
* Is acupuncture covered by MSP or extended medical?
* Is acupuncture and Chinese medicine regulated?
* How do I find a licensed practitioner?
* I live outside of Victoria – how do I find a practitioner who treats infertility or pregnancy?
* What is motor point acupuncture?

If you have any further questions regarding our treatments please contact us.

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