What happens in an initial visit?

In an initial visit, we explore your health history and what your personal goals are with acupuncture. You fill out the intake form via email or on an iPad in our office. Our office is digital. We use electronic medical health records in a secure and government mandated format that protects your information. Please wear loose comfortable clothing. We practice conservative draping for your modesty and ours. All of our linens are changed after each appointment.

The practitioner will enter the room and start a physical diagnosis beginning with checking your pulses and looking at your tongue. We have a rather complex system in Chinese medicine that allows us to get an internal picture of your body by feeling your pulses at your wrists. The pulse we are feeling for is the same pulse in western medicine, but in Chinese medicine, we believe the pulse has 27 qualities, six positions to help us understand what’s going on inside the body. When looking at your tongue, we are looking for shape, color, and coat. The tongue is another way for us to understand what might be happening internally.

After the exam, we begin by placing needles in specific places. We place the needles; we leave the room with a pager system for 20 minutes. If you need us, you can push the button on the pager at any time. After twenty minutes, the practitioners returns and removes the needles and checks your pulses once again. In Chinese medicine, the needles are retained for twenty minutes because we believe the body circulates through the meridians (channels) every 24 minutes, so in a 20-minute session, we can work with the whole energy system.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Some points you feel more than others. Everyone feels different things; the feelings are quick and usually only at the time of insertion.

What do I wear?

Please wear loose fitting clothing. You can undress to your level comfort- meaning keep on whatever you would like and take off whatever you would like. You are draped underneath a sheet and blanket.

Do you accept my insurance?

No, we do not accept any insurance.

Is acupuncture tax deductible?

Yes, ask your accountant for the specific information about your local laws concerning itemizing acupuncture. Acupuncture is a valid form of health treatment according to the Federal government.

Will I get a bruise?

Sometimes bruising occurs, it heals like most bruises would.

Should I feel pain or sensations after a treatment?

Sometimes you can have residual sensations after a treatment. If you have any questions always feel free to call us or email us.

Do you sell supplements?

Yes, we sell supplements from our online store and we have an in-house granule pharmacy for Chinese herbs. http://awakenwellness.ehealthpro.com/ Practitioner code: KYLE WILLIAMS