Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

FAQs about Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine:

  1. Q: Do I need to wear any specific type of clothing to the my office visit?
    A: Following the consult, patients are asked to put on a gown to be worn during the treatment. If you feel that this would be uncomfortable, you are encouraged to wear loose fit clothing so that the points can be easily accessed. Short pants and a short sleeve shirt are most ideal in this situation.
  2. Q: Do I need to eat before a treatment?
    A: Do not arrive with an empty stomach. Try to have a small snack or meal before arriving for a treatment. Treatments received while hungry or on an empty stomach can cause you to feel dizzy during the treatment.
  3. Q: How much time should I expect to spend at the clinic during my first visit?
    A: A first office visit will generally last about 90 minutes.
  4. Q: How much time should I expect to spend at the clinic on my return visits?
    A: Return visits generally last for approximately one hour.
  5. Q: Does acupuncture hurt?
    A: Upon insertion one may feel a mild pinch or nothing at all.
  6. Q: Will I feel anything once the needles are inserted?
    A: After insertion, the needles will be manipulated to bring on a Qi sensation. This can be perceived as a deep ache, a distending sensation, warmth and/or a feeling of movement at the point of insertion. All these sensations are characteristic of the Qi sensation.
  7. Q: How long will the needles be retained?
    A: Needles are left in for 10-45 minutes depending on the ailment being treated and or the age of the patient.
  8. Q: Are there any side effects associated with acupuncture?
    A: Generally, no. However, the points stimulated during the treatment can be felt after removal of the needles. This is a common reaction and will subside with time. Very occasionally, a bruise may form at the site of insertion, this is nothing to worry about. Applying pressure to the site will help minimize bruising.
  9. Q: What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?
    A: Chinese Herbal Medicine encompasses the use of Traditional Chinese herbs in the form of teas and tablets. These teas are a blend of numerous herbs that are chosen in accordance to your individual Chinese diagnosis.
  10. Q: Will I need to cook the herbs?
    A: No, the herbs are prepared in-house and vacuum sealed into individual sachets that are ready for consumption.  This helps increase compliance while at home or traveling.


FAQs about Naturopathic Medicine:

  1. Q: Do I need to bring anything to my first visit?
    A: It is helpful to bring a list of your health concerns, and any supplements or medications that you are currently taking. In addition if you have had any recent lab work or imaging it is always helpful to bring copies of your reports.
  2. Q: How long is the first appointment?
    A: Your first will typically range from 60 to 90 minutes.
  3. Q: How long are return visits?
    A: A return visit is usually 30-45 minutes.
  4. Q: What types of treatments might I expect to receive?
    A: Treatments will often include diet, exercise, and lifestyle counseling, nutritional supplements, herbal supplements, homeopathic remedies, and/or physical medicine treatments depending on your individual needs.

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