Your First Visit

What to Expect

Performed by a trained practitioner, acupuncture is safe and free of side-effects. The number of treatments varies from person to person and the condition being treated. More chronic conditions generally take longer to heal. Each individual’s relative strength and response to acupuncture will determine the treatment plan. Typically, improvements are noticed within four treatments. Treatments will be scheduled once to twice per week initially, then less frequently as your condition improves. Regular follow-up to promote and maintain health may be monthly, or seasonally.

Prior to Your Appointment

Please plan on an initial visit taking an hour to 90 minutes. Be sure to arrive at your session well rested and eat something at least two hours before your session.

Bring your completed new patient paperwork with you. Since acupuncture treatment is tailored specifically to each individual, the more health information you provide, the better able we are to provide appropriate—and successful—treatment. After reviewing your health history, the acupuncturist will feel the pulses on both wrists and examine your tongue. Along with the history, the pulse and tongue will guide the acupuncturist in choosing the most beneficial treatment.

During Treatment

For your actual acupuncture treatment you will lay on a comfortable massage table. Acupuncture needles are hair thin, single use disposable needles. The needles are inserted into acupuncture points chosen specifically to treat a patient’s chief complaint. Insertion of needles is generally painless, and usually not even felt. The needles are left in place between 20 and 40 minutes. During this time, most patients report feeling very relaxed—some even use the time to nap.

Different point selections, needle techniques and adjunctive therapies may be used during the treatment. Adjunctive therapies include applying electrical stimulation to the needle, or burning an herb known as moxa over selected acupuncture points.

Sterile, Safe Needles

Needles used for acupuncture are not like the hollow needles used to draw blood or inject medication. Rather, acupuncturists use solid, thin and flexible needles—designed specifically not to injure tissue—that range in gauges and lengths to accommodate individual treatment plans. No medications are dispersed from the needles, and Summit Acupuncture only practices with sterile, single-use needles that are disposed of immediately.