For the best treatment results, please keep the following things in mind

  • Do not drink coffee on the day of the treatment
  • Bring a list of all medications and supplements you are taking
  • Please arrive on time for your appointments, so that we can make the most of our time together.
  • Please eat a light snack before treatment if you have not eaten much that day. Acupuncture works with the body’s own energy, so it is best to have some on hand to work with!
  • Don’t eat a large meal before your visit
  • Wear minimal make-up and perfume, especially on your first visit
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothes that are easy to roll up to your knees and elbows.
  • Never hesitate to ask questions or raise concerns. You are in a safe and healing place.
  • For the first 12 to 24 hours after treatment, try to avoid alcohol, strenuous activity and exposure to extreme weather while your body adjusts to the effects of the acupuncture.
  • Be willing to commit to regular treatments, as each visit builds on previous ones.
  • Your treatment plan

    Once your acupuncturist has gathered enough information, you’ll receive a comprehensive diagnosis and a treatment plan that will explain:

    • Your underlying imbalances
    • Your time line of care
    • What types of treatment you will receive
    • Getting the most out of treatment

    How treatment works

    To treat any Qi imbalances, fine, sterile needles will be inserted at specific points along the meridian pathways. Your acupuncturist will concentrate on acupuncture points related to specific organs, based on your unique issues and symptoms

    Your acupuncturist may include other related therapies in your treatment plan, such as cupping, Gwa Sha or moxabustion. Herbal remedies are another important aspect of acupuncture and TCM and it is important to understand and follow your practitioner’s directions in order to get the most benefit from these treatments.

    Your role in the healing process

    Your actions are a key component of your treatment plan. Focusing on your health and committing to a healthy lifestyle are the best steps you can take for your well-being. Together, you and your acupuncturist can heal your imbalances and help you achieve harmony and balance.

    Even after your symptoms are resolved, acupuncture can assist you in maintaining your health, and possibly prevent future imbalances. The more you incorporate acupuncture and TCM into your life, the more you’ll learn to nurture your body, mind and spirit.

    Acupuncture and your health

    Acupuncture and TCM take a holistic approach, or whole-body approach to health. This means your practitioner will take into account your whole self, not just your symptoms, in order to get to the root of your health concerns. You will work together to find out how factors like your lifestyle and emotional and mental well-being may be affecting your health.

    Getting the chance to really discuss your health concerns with your care provider – and having your provider really listen – may be new to you. Think of it as your opportunity to form a partnership for better health. The more you take part in your healing process, the more successful it will be.

    Acupuncture is not an instant fix

    True healing takes time and dedication. Depending on your current health and symptoms, you could feel better right away, or you may need treatments for weeks, months or years to achieve the results you want. Your acupuncturist can give you an idea of what to expect. With a little patience and an open mind, you’ll be on your way to health and vitality.

    Acupuncture and TCM offer a safe and effective holistic health care system. This natural approach can both resolve symptoms and enhance your overall health.

    By taking the right steps and planting the seeds of health, you are on the road to a healthier you!