Where can I park?
There are plenty of lot parking in the perimeter of the building. Please park in the visitor spaces.
What should I wear?
Our advice is to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that can be rolled up to your elbows and knees without compromising circulation. This is so we can access your forearm and lower legs during evaluation and treatment.
What should I expect to happen during my first acupuncture visit?
We will first ask you to fill out new patient paperwork, then follow with a conversation about your primary health concerns and health history. Next, we will evaluate your pulse, tongue, and abdomen to diagnose your condition, with an acupuncture treatment to address your chief complaint. After all the acupuncture needles are inserted, we will leave you to rest for a total of 20-30 minutes. There is warm blanket, music, dim lighting. It will be relaxing. Your first acupuncture appointment will last 75-90 minutes.
How often do I need to come in for treatments?
This depends on many factors such as: what it is that you are having a problem, how long it has been a problem, how severe the problem has been. Frequent treatments, usually 1-3 times per week, are necessary for the first few weeks. After that, the frequency may be reduced to 1-2 times per month or less, as your symptoms are reduced and wellness restored.
How many treatments in total will be necessary?
This depends on all the other factors listed above, plus how your body responds to treatments, your overall health, your lifestyle, your compliance to the treatment schedule. Average cases take around 6-8 treatments to resolve, while more complicated chronic cases can take 15-20+.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are as thin as one or two threads of human hair, absolutely nothing like the needles you have experienced getting your blood drawn at the doctor’s office. They can have certain sensations when they are inserted, but few would call it exactly pain. You generally do not feel any of them but are near instantly immersed with a sense of calm relaxation.
Is acupuncture safe?
Yes. Acupuncture is very safe when performed by a trained and licensed practitioner using sterile needles. Your acupuncturist at Ancient Prescription is a state-licensed, national board-certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine with over 3,000 hours of training specifically in the area of acupuncture and herbal medicine. Our clinic uses sterile, high-quality, stainless steel needles only that are disposed after every use.
What about herbs?
Herbal treatments are integral part of Oriental medicine. It will help your body to heal from inside, vs. acupuncture helping from outside. During your first visit, we will discuss with you the candidates of Chinese herbal formula(s) that may specifically address the internal imbalances underlying your chief complaint. We prescribe most of these formulas in granules; you will dissolve them in warm water and drink as tea. For those who are receptive to herbal treatments but not so fond of the taste of herbs, there is an option for you to have the herbs encapsulated so you can skip the tasting part of the process.