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What should I expect at my first acupuncture treatment?

Visiting an acupuncturist is not unlike visiting any other health professional. You will receive forms to fill out covering your current and past medical history, questions about your diet and lifestyle and a consent form. During the interview you will be asked questions relating to the nature of your health status. What makes an acupuncture exam different is the detailed examination of the tongue and feeling of the pulses located at both wrists. These examinations both reveal information about your overall state of health. After diagnosis, you will be lead to the treatment room where you will lie down to receive an acupuncture treatment tailored to your body’s needs that day. Most treatments involve the insertion of anywhere from a few to a dozen needles into specific acupuncture points on the surface of the body. They are generally left in place for 15 to 30 minutes while you rest.

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