Initial visit (60 minutes). Patients need to fill out a health history form and complete an initial consultation with the acupuncturist. This includes a detailed discussion about your main complaints as well as overall health condition and history. 

Before starting treatment, the acupuncturist will check your pulse and ask to see your tongue.

After the discussion and brief examination, the acupuncture treatment will last about 30 to 60 minutes to address the conditions outlined.

Regular visits (45 minutes). Patients are examined and diagnosed through regular consultation and observation. Before starting treatment, the acupuncturist will likely also check your pulse and ask to see your tongue.

How treatment is done

Clothing. Depending on the the situation, acupoints may be chosen require the patient to remove some clothes. For example, if acupoints are chosen on the back, or abdominal or thorax regions. If clothing needs to be removed, patients are given a blanket or towel to stay covered and warm.

Position. For acupuncture therapy, patients are required to lay down.

What treatment feels like. The acupuncturist will gently insert single-use needles at specific acupuncture points on the body. Needles are extremely thin which means there's very little discomfort. It's not the same as getting an injection or blood drawing. Instead patients may feel a slight heaviness, tugging, tingling or aching around the site of the needle insertion. Some people may even experience pleasurable or invigorating sensations as the needles work.

Number of needles and length of time. Each patient's condition will determine how many needles are used and how long they need to be left in the body. Typically, 1 to 36 needles are inserted and left in place for 20 to 30 minutes.

What to do before and after treatments

Before. Please do not drink coffee or eat colored foods such as blueberries. The acupuncturist will need to see your tongue's condition

To help avoid fainting during treatment, please do not come to your appointment hungry or on an empty stomach or after excessive exercise and sweating

It is not advisable to have acupuncture immediately after a meal, only half an hour later

Wear comfortable and loose clothes

Keep your body warm. Avoid cold water, food and air. In the winter, avoid having wet hair or bare feet, exposing your navel or wearing shorts.

After. Keep warm. Wear warm clothes and do not drink cold water or drinks, eat ice cream or other cold foods. Go to bed early. No later than 11pm in summer and 10pm in winter. Maintain a light diet and avoid excessive consumption of meat, fish, seafood, spicy and other foods.