What Should I Expect?
Acupuncture is actually very relaxing. The needles are fine and are not meant to cause any pain. The sensation of the acupuncture needle is often described as a subtle, radiating warmth, a heavy sensation, or a light tingling sensation. Patients often fall asleep on the table, which is a perfectly normal reaction.
Each session is 60 minutes long and will begin with a detailed discussion of your medical history followed by physical diagnosis consisting of three major forms of observation: 1) pulse diagnosis, 2) examining the tongue, and 3) palpation of the meridians in the arms, legs, and abdomen. These three things give deep insight into the meridian systems.
The acupuncture points will then be chosen and stimulated according to the diagnosis and may be followed by a variety of other modalities including moxabustion therapy or cupping therapy.
Moxabustion is a technique which involves warming the meridians using a Chinese herb called Ai Ye, or mugwort, which is burned indirectly over the skin to produce warmth.
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