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What to Expect At Your First Acupuncture Appointment

Taking the plunge and trying acupuncture for the first time can be overwhelming.

To make this step easier, it’s important to be as informed as possible about what to expect from your first acupuncture appointment.

Acupuncture is an ancient form of healing that has been practiced across many cultures and across thousands of years, making it a safe and effective method of healthcare. This guide is designed to help you understand the basics of acupuncture and feel more confident in your decision to give it a try.

Welcome to the Clinic

When you enter the clinic, you will be warmly greeted by our front desk staff who will guide you through the check-in process and show you around. Take a seat in the waiting room and your acupuncturist will be notified of your arrival.

We recommend arriving for your first acupuncture appointment well-fed, as acupuncture can cause some slight lightheadedness if you have an empty stomach.

Taking the time to nourish yourself and make sure you are ready beforehand is key to getting the most out of your session.

Getting to know you

Your practitioner will take you into your treatment room and ask a series of questions to help determine the root cause of the issue. They may also look at your tongue and feel your pulse for additional insight into your health.

Once completed, the acupuncturist will leave the room to allow you to get onto the table in preparation for your treatment.

Your Acupuncture treatment

Your practitioner will re-enter the room and your treatment will begin.

They will identify points on your body that best support you, wiping the point with a cotton ball soaked in alcohol before inserting the acupuncture needles. Don’t worry – insertion of the acupuncture needles is virtually painless and often only involves a slight sensation.

Your acupuncturist may ask for feedback to ensure you feel comfortable throughout the session. Relax as much as possible for an optimal experience.

Resting – the most important part!

Once the acupuncture needles are positioned correctly, your practitioner will check in with you to make sure that you are comfortable. They may provide a heat lamp on your feet or a hot pack on your abdomen if desired.

Additionally, they will provide a call button should you need to get a hold of them during your resting time.

As soothing music plays in the background, relax into the experience and allow the needles to do their work. Your practitioner will check in on you after a few minutes, and then leave you again so that you can rest for the remainder of the session.

Ending your session

After your rest, your acupuncturist will come back into the treatment room to remove the needles. Once they leave, you can take a few moments to come to before meeting them again in the reception area.

Your acupuncturist will then give advice on when it may be best for you to come back in for a follow-up treatment.

Lokahi Acupuncture is a collaborative acupuncture clinic in the heart of San Jose, known for its next-level care and skilled practitioners. Whether you’re looking for relief from chronic pain, specific disorders, or to maintain good health, the team at Lokahi Acupuncture is here to help you on your journey to wellness. If you would like to make an appointment, please click here.

Anna Rudel
San Jose Acupuncturist
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