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What Happens During the First Visit?

During your first visit, which will last approximately 1.5 hours, you and your practitioner will discuss in detail your main health concerns as well as your health history. (Please remember to bring your completed health history questionnaire.) This detailed discussion will allow your practitioner to make a complete evaluation of your health concern(s) and overall well-being.  At this time, you and your practitioner will develop a treatment plan to best achieve and maintain your health and wellness goals.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

The answer is absolutely not!  Acupuncture needles do not resemble or feel like the type of needles used to draw blood or to give an injection.  In fact, they are nearly as thin as a strand of hair and are solid, unlike hypodermic needles which are hollow.  The unique structure of acupuncture needles allows for it to slip gently and painlessly between the cells of your skin, without you even knowing it. If you do feel any sensations, it might feel like a mosquito bite, but then it subsides immediately.  At Turning Leaf, our practitioners are also trained in styles of acupuncture that to do not require the insertion of any needles at all!  Your practitioner will decide which style of acupuncture treatment will be best suited for your health concerns.

What Happens Once the Needles Are In?

People often experience various sensations once the needles are in place.  These vary from tingling, aching, heavy and radiating sensations, all positive, indicating that the Qi is moving within the channels.  Most patients fall into a deep sense of calm and relaxation during a treatment and often get their best naps during this time!

What Will I Feel After a Treatment?

It is very common to feel relaxed and possibly a bit groggy after a treatment, so we suggest avoiding strenuous activity and recommend drinking plenty of water.  Some patients report feeling residual sensations where the needles were placed, and this is a good sign, as it means that the acupuncture point is still being stimulated.  It is also possible to have a slight “flare-up” of a condition after a treatment, but this will quickly diminish as the body readjusts itself.

How Many Treatments Will it Take to Get Better?

This depends on a number of factors, some of which include the patient’s overall health, the severity of the condition and whether or not it is chronic or acute.  It is difficult to give a specific number of treatments required, but in general, many patients may experience positive results after a series of 6-12 weekly treatments.  Some patients may see results within the first few treatments, while others may require a longer series of treatments.  Success of a treatment is based on the condition being treated, the experience of the practitioner, as well as the patient’s commitment to improve their own health.

Does Acupuncture Always Work?

Just like any form of medicine, there isn’t one treatment that works for everyone.  After a few treatments you and your practitioner will reevaluate your health concern(s) and determine if continued acupuncture is the best treatment for you.  It is our goal to have your health improve, whether it is through acupuncture with us or through another form of medicine with with a recommended provider.

I Don’t have any Specific Health Concerns, Can Acupuncture Help Me?
Once I’m Better Should I Stop Coming for Acupuncture?

The answer is and astounding YES!  This is the ideal time to begin treatment is when are feeling at your best.  You are at the point that we want all our patients to arrive at which we call the “Maintenance Phase.”  It is during this phase that we lengthen the time between treatments and focus on maintaining your physical and emotional health and wellness.  This can help strengthen your immune system during the cold and flu season or while sitting next to someone at work who is sneezing, reducing your flare up in seasonal allergies as the daffodils and tulips begin to peak through the snow covered ground and also assist in increasing your energy and mental focus and minimizing stress

If I don’t Believe in Acupuncture Will it Work?

Absolutely!  Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in treating animals, which don’t understand the concepts of acupuncture but show clear improvements in their health after treatment.

Is Acupuncture Safe for Children?

Yes! Pediatric acupuncture is very safe and commonly used to treat infants and children. We use gentle, non-insertive acupuncture techniques such as acupressure, magnets or press balls and prescribe mild herbal formulas when appropriate.  Parents/Guardians are asked to remain in the treatment room for the entirety of the child’s treatment session.