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What will happen on my first visit?
For the initial consultation a full medical history will be taken. You will be asked about your current symptoms, and what treatment you have received so far. An acupuncture diagnosis will include taking your pulse at each wrist, and looking at your tongue; and questions will be asked about your general health, emotions, sleep pattern and diet.
Acupuncture needles may also be inserted at points some distance from the area where the pain is felt. For example, needles may be placed in the hand or foot to treat headaches. The aim of treatment is to rebalance your body’s overall energy, in addition to simply treating the current symptoms.
The number of Acupuncture treatments required depends on yourself as an individual, and also the nature of the condition. Normally you might need acupuncture once, or twice a week at first; although some conditions may need less frequent attention. Sometimes the effects of acupuncture can be very successful with only one or two treatments. For some people, the effects are more subtle — and they may need treatment over several months.
Should my doctor know?
If you are receiving treatment from your doctor, it makes sense to tell him or her about your plans to have acupuncture. The acupuncture may enable you to reduce or even stop taking some forms of medication, but your doctor should be consulted regarding any change of prescription.