What can I expect during the first treatment?
During your first visit, which will be 75-90 minutes, you and your practitioner will discuss in detail your main health concerns as well as your health history. (Please remember to complete your online patient information and health history forms prior to your appointment to allow your practitioner to review them ahead of time.) This detailed discussion and evaluation will allow your practitioner to make a initial diagnosis of your health concern(s) and overall well-being as well as discuss with you a treatment plan. After your acupuncture treatment, you and your practitioner will discuss the best ways to work towards achieving and maintaining your health and wellness goals.
What happens once the needles are in? Does it hurt?
Patients often experience a deep sense of relaxation during the treatments. This is because Chinese Medicine has always understood that when the body is able to relax, it is also able to best heal itself. Patients may experience subtle sensations once the needles are in place which may be described as tingling, heaviness and radiating sensations, all positive, indicating that change is occurring 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 until you know how you feel after a treatment and we recommend drinking plenty of water.
How many treatments will it take to get better?
This is a great question and the answer 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, eastern or western, 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 or if an integrative approach would be beneficial. 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.
Is acupuncture safe during pregnancy?
Absolutely! We treat patient from before they are pregnant, throughout their pregnancy and postpartum. Acupuncture can help with pregnancy-related symptoms as your body adjusts to each stage in pregnancy, including nausea, digestive issues, constipation, back pain, emotional changes, edema and fatigue. We also see patients to help turn a breach baby as well as support labor when close to a due date. Acupuncture can also help postpartum with recovery from delivery, lactation support, postpartum depression/anxiety and fatigue.
I do not have enough words to thank Sharon for her amazing support and care during my two challenging pregnancies. I did not believe in acupuncture and herbs and hesitated a lot before going to her studio Tuning Leaf Acupuncture in Brookline. Both pregnancies were very challenging with complications but we make it until week 40 and had two healthy babies. Sharon is very caring, knowledgeable, straightforward and honest. Now I am regular customer that still enjoys her services and knowledge. I strongly recommend Sharon and her studio Tuning Leaf Acupuncture.