So, now that we’ve settled a potential client’s biggest acupuncture fear, let’s discuss the overall acupuncture treatment appointment. Moreover, what a patient should expect when visiting an acupuncturist for the first time.
Most people are apprehensive towards acupuncture treatment. They are quick to the thought of pain and immediately shut down the idea. It is a common misconception, however, is that the process is painful. Acupuncture treatment aims to be painless. The very art of acupuncture is treating a specific area of pain in a painless manner to get painless results. An acupuncturist knows exactly how to perform the art of acupuncture. A patient is assured to be in good hands.
It’s typical for any medical appointment to begin with the patient completing a standardized form, answering questions pertaining to medical history, past or current medications, personal information, and so on. An acupuncture treatments much of the same; however, the questionnaire is way more extensive. Acupuncturists want to know everything. They want to know everything that is going on with your body, related and unrelated. They want to know what’s going on in your mind, in regards to emotion and stress. Some of this information will be covered in the questionnaire, though, the more detailed questions will be asked directly by the acupuncturist.
Acupuncturists will get even more personal, executing more of an interview with the client. Possible questions about sexual function, urinary function, and bowel movements are not uncommon. It may seem too personal or maybe even an invasion of privacy. Please don’t be alarmed, the information gathered is specific in determining the necessary treatment. Acupuncturists need an in depth understanding of a patient’s mind and body in order to effectively treat the patient.
Pulse and Tongue Evaluation
Once the interview is complete, a pulse and tongue evaluation will be executed. The expert acupuncturist will take the patient’s pulse, observing the pulse for as long as a minute. It may not seem like much, but the pulse enlightens the expert to your body’s condition. Examining the pulse is one more step to determining the specific treatment.
Next, the acupuncturist will observe the patient’s tongue. Chinese Medicine designates the tongue as the body’s vault. The tongue will help inform what is wrong with the particular area of pain in which the patient initially complained of. The tongue observation includes inspecting the color of the tongue, the “fur” of the tongue, and the overall shape of the tongue.
Everything to this point may seem obscure and out of the ordinary, but, that’s exactly what acupuncture is. It’s a unique technique. In the end, all that matters are the results.
Finally, we get to the treatment. The treatment consists of placing needles into the body in a strategic manner in order to exercise various energy channels throughout the body, also known as Qi (pronounced chee). Some discomfort may be felt in the initial treatment, though, nothing significant. The treatment is intended to relax the body, not hurt it. Essentially, acupuncture stimulates certain points of the body, including the immune system, to alleviate pain and treat the specific health issue.
Treatment Recap & Take-Home Medicine
Once the treatment is complete, the acupuncturist will recap the treatment. He or she will provide the patient with expectations moving forward–when the pain will subside and whether or not additional treatment is needed. Often times, a patient will need to return for additional appointments. This of course depends on the area being treated, as well as a patient’s reaction to the treatment. Two or three appointments may be necessary, or maybe ten. It just depends.
The acupuncturist may send along Chinese Herbal Medicine for the patient to take home. Chinese Herbal Medicine is a formula created for each specific patient and his or her condition. The acupuncturist will detail how the medicine works and what needs to be done by the patient to appropriately take the medicine. This is not your typical prescription. Herbal medicines often times have to be boiled or mixed with water in order to work properly.
The initial appointment and treatment process is complete! In all, the first appointment will generally last about 45 minutes. Your acupuncturist will guide and explain the process along the way. He or she will also field any questions you may have about the process. Acupuncture is a unique treatment; acupuncturists expect patients to have questions.
If you are experiencing physical or mental pain and would like to give acupuncture a try, contact or visit Best Acupuncture Care, located in Allen, TX. If you’re curious as to whether or not your particular pain qualifies for acupuncture, you can check out Best Acupuncture Care’s website. Chances are, it qualifies.