What to Expect at Your First Visit: Acupuncture
Acupuncture helps to realign disruptions in the body. The acupuncture points allow access to the meridians of the body. Different points are used depending on your constitution and what system is out of balance. Each treatment is an opportunity to realign the body to help it toward a healthier state. Techniques such as cupping, electrical microcurrent stimulation, and gentle needling may be employed.
Dr. Berkebile incorporates many treatment modalities into her visits to determine the best way to address your unique needs. Occasionally, patients will be prescribed both naturopathic treatments and acupuncture.
At your First Visit:
Initial acupuncture visits will last 60-90 minutes and include:
- An introduction to traditional Chinese medicine philosophy and determine goals for our work together
- Initial review of intake forms and any associated past lab work that is relevant to your treatment
- Thorough medical and lifestyle history, including pharmaceuticals and supplements
- Relevant physical exams and evaluation, including traditional tongue and pulse diagnosis
- Individualized comprehensive lifestyle recommendations and treatment plan according to Chinese medicine principles, including the prescription of Chinese herbs
Follow-up visits generally last 45-60 minutes. There is a question-and-answer portion, any follow-up physical exam that is necessary, followed by 20-30 minutes of treatment. The time of treatment is adjusted depending on your response to the initial visit. Initial treatments are recommended weekly for four to six weeks, once or twice a week depending on your condition. Studies have shown that the benefits of acupuncture are cumulative for many conditions, showing the most benefits after multiple consecutive treatments. After four to six weeks, treatments can be spread out according to your response.
You may be given treatments to do at home, such as using a warming moxa stick or acupuncture seeds that are placed in the ear for three days. Some conditions are treated best with a combination of Chinese herbs and acupuncture. The herbs may be given to you at the time of treatment or mailed to you subsequently.
- Electrical Microcurrent Stimlulation
- Gua Sha
- Chinese Herbal Medicine