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  First time visit to Acupuncture 

If this is your first time visiting our acupuncture centre, we strongly recommend you to read carefully through the following explanations, which will then give you a better understanding of acupuncture treatment.


Before your first visit to the clinic, spend some time to realistically think about your concerns or questions, your expectations from the treatment. And try to identify what mostly disturbs you, i.e. chief complaint, be as descriptive and specific as possible. Bring your notes and a list of current medications on your visit.

Set aside enough time so that you are not rushing to and from your visit. The first visit may take about 1.5 hour but the followup visits will be about 45minutes to 1hour.

Be on time for your appointment so that you may benefit fully. When you make an appointment, please understand that time has been reserved for you. If you need to cancel or delay your appointment, please notice us 24hours prior to your visit.


During your first visit to the clinic:

The practitioner may interview you at length about your health condition, lifestyle, and behavior. The practitioner will need to obtain a complete picture of your treatment needs and behaviors that may contribute to your condition.

Initial Questioning
The initial questioning is a very important stage of your treatment. It is best to inform the practitioner about all treatments or medications you are taking and all medical conditions you have.

The diagnostic methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are used for the practitioner to examine patients and collect pathological data, mainly including inspection, listening and olfaction, inquiry and palpation. While some of the questions may seem completely irrelevant to your condition, for example asking the quality of your bowel movements when you came in for back pain or your psychological state when you came in for menstrual problems, however, there are very good reasons behind the questions. Your answers to the questions, along with other basic diagnostic methods, allow the practitioner to tailor a unique treatment plan specifically to you. It is also helpful for the practitioner to modify your treatment plan over time if they are not proving effective.

Diagnosis and Treatment
After the initial questioning, your practitioner will form a diagnosis, treatment plan and begin the acupuncture treatment.

Generally speaking, your practitioner will usually not discuss your diagnosis in TCM terms, which are very different from the ones used in Western medicine. When the practitioner uses the TCM terminology to describe your condition, it is quite often that you will be confused and mislead by those terms. For example, a diagnosis of Liver blood and Yin Deficiency would not mean very much to you as a patient and could make you think there is something wrong with your physical Liver when it is likely that there is not. However, your acupuncturist will be more likely to describe the treatment and his/her intent with the points.

The initial treatment may use 3 - 10 or more acupuncture points, is fairly conservative to ensure that you are comfortable with acupuncture and to allow your acupuncturist to see how you respond to acupuncture.


How many treatments are needed? In deed, this is a very common question we have been asked.

It is always difficult to formulate a definitive prognosis, especially following an initial consultation. However, after 2 or 3 treatments, your acupuncturist should usually have a good understanding of your condition and be able to offer you a reasonable idea of how many treatments you will need.

After initial treatment, some patients may occasionally notice a brief worsening of the symptoms of their conditions, some will immediately feel changes, and others with more serious or recalcitrant conditions may experience a gradual improvement with progressive treatments before a significant change occurs. This is because acupuncture treatment works on all parts of the body to rebalance from the condition so that to increase energy and improve the circulation. Many times the changes are slow and somewhat subtle, therefore if you are not feeling any changes, it does not mean that acupuncture is not helping you. Contrarily, your practitioner is usually able to distinguish the relative effectiveness of the treatments through precise questioning or detect subtle changes in your tongue or pulse.

At the end of your first visit to the clinic:

As part of your overall treatment plan, your practitioner will be also likely to advise you various beneficial changes with regard to diet, lifestyle and behavior, etc. To follow the advice given will maximize the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment and may help to improve your overall condition. As we believe, the more a person gets involved in being responsible for his or her own health, the more they will get from the treatment.


If you would like to ask questions, express concerns, and provide feedback during any stage of your treatment, we encourage you to contact us any time.
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