How Big are the needles? Needles used extremely thin, most people are surprised find out that needles are actual about the thickness of a strand of hair.
What does it feel like? The sensation a you will feels can vary from person to person. Some people feel almost nothing while others feel a heavy, dull, achey or even a tickle sensation which indicates the arrival of qi. People generally find acupuncture a very comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable experience.
What happens on the first acupuncture visit? Generally, your first visit is longer than your followup visits and entails a great deal of questioning in order to find out the root of the issue and the constitution of the patient.
The primary questioning is a very important part of the initial diagnosis and treatment planning. Additional diagnostic methods in chinese medicine are looking at your tongue and feeling your pulse. This allows the acupuncturist to customize the treatment specifically to you.
What other techniques are used besides acupuncture needles? Acupuncture only one facet of oriental medicine. Many times an acupuncturist may choose to utilize an additional technique or modality that maybe include one or more of the following:
Electro-acupuncture - acupuncture needles are connected to a machine that delivers an electrical charge. This method is commonly used for people dealing with pain or muscular issues. Moxibustion - Commonly called moxa, mugwart, or Artemesia Vulgaris and is an herb that is burned on top of a needle. Moxa is commonly used in people dealing with cold or deficient conditions. Cupping - uses glass or plastic cups which are placed on the body with suction to help remove toxins and muscle tension or stimulate the immune system. Cupping is commonly used for people with muscle, tension, pain or immune issues and common colds. Tuina/Shiatsu - is essentially massage affecting qi, blood and muscles, it is used with theory of meridians and acupuncture points and can be used for various conditions.