Your first acupuncture visit

The initial visit to an Acupuncturist is similar to visiting your primary medical doctor. A comprehensive exam will take place to include blood pressure reading, body temperature, heart beat rate, tongue and pulse observation, and any orthopedic exams necessary. During your intake, you will be asked questions about your condition, but you will also be asked other questions such as your perceived stress levels and how you handle them as well as your sleep pattern, appetite and frequency of bowel movements. Questions can get very personal with your acupuncturist, that is why it is important to choose someone that makes you feel totally comfortable.

After your intake, a short conversation about your condition and what can be expected with acupuncture treatment will take place. Any questions will be answered at this time.

Comfortable clothing is important so acupuncture points can be placed in areas most important for better outcomes. Your condition will determine how many acupuncture points are used, typically it is under 20 points. When your treatment begins, you will be asked to lay face up or face down on the massage table. The room is very comforting, essential oils flow through the air and soft music will be heard in the background.

Your acupuncturist will palpate certain areas of the body before starting treatment and gently ease you into your first acupuncture insertion. The sensation may feel like a small pinch, if you feel anything at all. Most people cannot feel the acupuncture insertion. While the needles are in you can experience a dull achy sensation, a heavy or tingling sensation, a traveling sensation. This is completely normal. Acupuncture needles are retained for 25-30 minutes.

After your appointment, it is recommended to take it easy for the remainder of the day. Please abstain from alcohol or exercising.

How many visits will I need?

The number of visits will depend on the severity of your condition, how long you've had the condition, and your lifestyle. Everyone starts with 12 treatments with a 'check-in point' after the 6th treatment. Twice per week treatments are critical for the beginning of treatment, it is important to keep the treatments as close together as possible to achieve fast-acting results. If the treatments are too far apart, time and money is wasted. After the initial treatment course, a re-evaluation will take place to determine the next steps. Most people will require anywhere from 10-40 visits.

When will I start to see results?

Most people see a difference immediately, but again, that all depends on how long you've had the condition and how often you're coming in for treatment. People with acute conditions may start to see a difference at visit 3-6; people with chronic conditions may start to see results at visit 8-12. Some people will require treatment for several months.

Is acupuncture safe?

Yes, the needles used are sterilized stainless steal. They are used on one person only and are discarded into a sharps container. Before acupuncture insertion, points are cleaned with 70% alcohol to decrease skin infections and possible contamination. Acupuncture does not interfere with medication prescribed by your medical doctor, it does not interfere with pre-surgery or post-surgery, nor does it interfere with any health diets you are currently practicing.

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315 W 55th St (btwn 8th & 9th)
New York, NY 10019
Located in office with New York Ayurveda & Panchakarma Center


Phone (646) 854-6619


Saturday & Sunday 11 am - 7 pm
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