Your First Visit at City Acupuncture

The exciting journey of healing arts is awaiting! Focusing on your health and committing to a healthy lifestyle are the best steps you can take for your well-being.

“Lingering diseases are still curable, those whose regard such diseases as incurable have not actually mastered the skills.” 

– Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Medicine · Spiritual Pivot
《黄帝内经 · 素问》

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
– Lao-Tzi

Initial visits generally last from 30 to 60 minutes. Your acupuncturist will take a detailed health history, perform a physical exam, and provide you with your unique treatment plan. During your first exam, your acupuncturist will spend time getting to know you and your health concerns. You may be asked many questions about your symptoms, eating, exercise, sleep habits, emotional states, and anything that may offer insight into your health. Your practitioner will also employ diagnostic tools unique to acupuncture and TCM, like tongue and pulse diagnosis.

Before having acupuncture first visit

Before your first acupuncture session, there are several factors you should bear in mind:

  • Many commonly used acupuncture points are located on the lower arms and legs, so it is
  • Helpful to wear clothing that allows easy access to these areas.
  • Try not to go for treatment on an empty stomach or straight after a heavy meal.
  • Do let your practitioner know if you are unfamiliar to acupuncture, so they can take
  • Extra time to explain what happens and ensure you are comfortable with the process.

Your first acupuncture session

During your first session, your acupuncturist needs to gain a thorough understanding of your main complaint and your general health and lifestyle. This involves asking questions about your current symptoms and your medical history, as well as such aspects as your sleeping pattern, your appetite, digestion, and your emotional wellbeing. Women are also asked about their menstrual cycle, and any past pregnancies and childbirth. You might perceive that some questions appear unrelated to your condition, but the information you give helps us form a complete picture of your health and lifestyle. Your acupuncturist will also take your pulse on both wrists, and may examine your tongue and palpate for areas of muscular tension or pain.

Your main health complaint

When talking about your main complaint, the practitioner might ask you to describe in your own words what the symptoms appear like and how severe they are. You may also be asked how long you have been having the symptoms, whether constant or intermittent, and how frequent they are. You should mention any medication that you are taking, and whether you have tried any other therapies. To establish a diagnosis according to traditional Chinese medicine and find the appropriate treatment approach, the practitioner will also want to know more specific details.

Your treatment plan in your first visit

Through all the information you have given, our practitioner will reach a diagnosis and put together your treatment plan, which may include lifestyle and dietary advice, acupuncture and herbal remedies. We will use LightNeedles® or excellent single-use pre-sterilised needles to stimulate specific acupuncture points on your body. Because energy meridians range across the whole body, the points used are not necessarily close to where you experience pain or discomfort. For example, if you suffer from headaches, needles might be inserted in your foot or hand.

Once your acupuncturist has gathered enough information, you'll receive a comprehensive diagnosis and a treatment plan that will explain:

  • Your underlying imbalances
  • The goal of achievement
  • Your timeline of care
  • The types of treatment you will receive

Getting the most out of your first visit

For the best treatment results, keep a few things in mind:

  • Please show up on time.
  • Don't eat a heavy meal before your visit.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothes.
  • Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns with your acupuncturist.
  • Refrain from overexertion, drugs or alcohol for at least six hours after treatment.
  • Follow your treatment plan between visits.
  • Keep all your appointments, as each visit builds upon the previous ones.

Acupuncture first visit

How your first visit works

To treat any health imbalances, laser acupuncture or fine, sterile needles will be used at specific acupuncture points along the Meridian pathways. Your acupuncturist will concentrate on acupuncture points related to specific organs, from your unique issues and symptoms. Your acupuncturist may include other related therapies in your treatment plans, including cupping, Gwa Sha or moxibustion. Herbal remedies are another important aspect of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. It is important to understand and follow your practitioner's directions to get the most benefit from these treatments.

Your role in the healing process

Your actions are a key component of your treatment plan. Focusing on your health and committing to a healthy lifestyle are the best steps you can take for your well-being. Together, you and your acupuncturist at City Acupuncture can heal your imbalances and help you achieve harmony and balance. Even after your symptoms are resolved, acupuncture can help you maintain your health and possibly prevent future imbalances. The more you incorporate acupuncture and TCM into your life, the more you'll learn to nurture your body, mind and spirit.

Acupuncture could be an instant fix in the first visit. 

True healing takes time and dedication. Depending on your current health and symptoms, you could feel better right away, or you may need treatments for weeks or months to achieve the results you want. However, for the new onset of sports injury and muscular strain, two or three sessions would be sufficient. Your acupuncturist can give you an idea of what to expect. With a little patience and an open mind, you'll be on your way to health and vitality. Acupuncture and TCM offer a holistic health care system. This natural approach can both resolve symptoms and enhance your health. By taking the appropriate steps and planting the seeds of health, you are on the road to a healthier you!

Lifestyle advice

Your acupuncturist is likely to suggest ways in which you can enhance the long-term effects of your treatment. This may involve making changes to your diet and daily routine. If necessary, you will be referred to other healthcare practitioners for specialist care.

After-effects from your first visit

Most people find acupuncture relaxing and often appear calmer after a treatment. You may feel a little fatigued or sleepy, and consider if you are planning to drive or use heavy machinery straight after your first visit. It would be best if you refrained from vigorous exercise after treatment, and ideally, give yourself a little time to rest. It is also advisable not to drink alcohol for several hours after treatment. Acupuncture has few side effects, and any that do occur are usually mild and self-correcting. A small group of people may experience a healing crisis after the first few sessions, and such feelings will subside in a few days. Cupping and Scraping therapy can sometimes temporarily mark the skin. Such bruising is painless and generally clears within a day or two.