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What To Expect on Your First Visit:

If you haven’t downloaded and filled out the intake forms in advance, please arrive twenty minutes early to complete the paperwork prior to the intake.

Be sure to wear reasonably loose, comfortable clothing if possible.

Be sure to have eaten something within the past hour or two.

Try to refrain from wearing strong fragrances, and refrain from brushing your tongue the day of treatment.

During your first visit, I’ll do a thorough intake and examination, including:

  • An in-depth personal and family health history
  • A discussion of your treatment goals
  •  Blood pressure, temperature and musculoskeletal exam
  • Chinese pulse and tongue diagnosis

From the information gathered, a diagnosis and treatment plan will be formed and you’ll receive your initial treatment.


Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are extremely thin; eighteen acupuncture needles can fit inside the opening of a standard syringe. With proper technique, the insertion is completely painless. When the point is activated, you will feel a sensation that is best described as a “pulling” or a “heaviness”. This sensation should dissipate within 30 seconds or less. Most patients find acupuncture treatments to be very relaxing and many fall asleep during their treatments.


How does acupuncture work?

Modern research has shown acupuncture points to be areas of heightened micro-vascularisation, innervation and electrical sensitivity. Inserting needles at these points stimulates various sensory receptors that, in turn, stimulate nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system at the base of

the brain.

The Hyothalamic-Pituitary axis is a major component of the neuro-endocrine system and governs the body’s reactions to stress, the digestive and immune systems, Mood and emotions, hormonal balance, and many other physiological processes.

Some of the physiological effects observed throughout the body include:

  •  Increased circulation
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Relief from pain
  • Relief of muscle spasm/tension
  • Lowered stress levels
  • Boosted immune system
  • Balanced mood and emotions

Did you know?

Medical doctors refer their patients to acupuncturists more than ANY other alternative care provider.

In the past 2,000 years, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other health modalities combined.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) and World Health Organization (WHO) have both given formal approval for the use of acupuncture in treating a wide array of diseases and health conditions, after extensive controlled Clinical trials for which acupuncture has been proved to be an effective treatment.


- Acupuncture can

have positive effects 

in the treatment of

virtually any disorder.