What to Expect at Your First Acupuncturist Doctor's Office Visit

Acupuncture is an ancient practice that is still widely used today for a number of benefits. When you go to an acupuncturist doctors office, you must fill out paperwork that concerns your current problems as well as your health history. This is then gone over by the acupuncturist who may have questions for you about your problem and what your goals are with getting acupuncture.

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The acupuncturist will then have you lie down and get comfortable, and they may ask you to feel your pulse before beginning and ask you to stick out your tongue. Both of these are diagnostic steps in Chinese medicine so that the acupuncturist can assess you better. The acupuncturist usually then uses rubbing alcohol on the points that will be used in acupuncture so that they are sterilized. Then, acupuncture can begin. Tiny needles are inserted into the correct areas to treat the problem that you have. These needles are very small and flexible, and most people get more relaxed as the needles are inserted. Then, you are left to rest comfortably for 20 to 25 minutes while leaving the needles in place. This allows the body to have time to start the healing process.