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What happens during an acupuncture appointment?

Does acupuncture hurt?

How long do appointments last?

How many treatments will I need?

How old is acupuncture?

Can I receive rate assistance on acupuncture treatment?

What happens during an acupuncture appointment?

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is based on a holistic view of the body. On your first visit, the clinician will ask detailed questions about your health, history and lifestyle to better understand your underlying constitution and provide a treatment that’s specific to you.

Another important part of diagnosis in Oriental medicine is the examination of the tongue and palpation of the pulse. The clinician will ask to see your tongue and examine its shape, color and coating. The pulse is felt on both wrists, using three fingers to feel three different areas of the radial pulse. The condition of the tongue and the speed, shape and quality of the pulse provide the clinician with information about the overall health of the body, the condition of internal organs, and other disease processes which may be occurring in the body.

After the initial interview and examination, the clinician will determine a diagnosis and treatment for your condition. Most treatments will involve the use of acupuncture needles inserted at various points on the body selected to treat your specific condition. Several other treatment methods are also used in Oriental medicine, depending on your specific situation. These treatment methods include moxibustion, cupping, electroacupuncture, Tui na (a traditional Chinese method of massage and bodywork), dietary advice, Chinese herbal therapy and traditional exercises, meditation and breathing regimens. Read about the other treatments used by Oriental medicine practitioners.

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Does acupuncture hurt?

The actual insertion of the acupuncture needles is done very quickly, and most people feel a slight pricking sensation during insertion. Once the needles are in place, patients report a “tingling, numbing or warm sensation.” This is a desirable sensation is known as “attaining qi.”

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How long do appointments last?

Your first visit will last 1 1/2 hours, and subsequent visits will be about 1 hour long.

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How many treatments will I need?

For most conditions, a series of several treatments is required in order for you to achieve maximum benefit. After an initial evaluation, the acupuncturist should provide you with a treatment plan that includes the modalities to be used as well as the frequency and duration of treatment. A normal series of treatments is from 6 to 12.

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How old is acupuncture?

The Chinese and other East Asian peoples have been using acupuncture to restore, promote and maintain good health for about 2,500 years. Stone needles were originally used, and later bronze, gold and silver needles. Sterile, single-use stainless steel needles are the standard needles used by acupuncturists today. The first medical account of acupuncture was The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, which dates from the Han Dynasty (206 BCE to 220 ACE). This text outlines the principles of natural law and the movements of life: yin and yang, the five elements, the organ system and the meridian network along which acupuncture points are located.

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Can I receive rate assistance on acupuncture treatment?

Rate assistance is available at Bastyr Center for Natural Health for acupuncture services. The amount of assistance is determined by income. For information call our Patient Services Representatives at 206.834.4100 or by visiting our Special Rates page.

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