• What can I expect from my first visit?

    When you visit Balance Health for your first acupuncture treatment, the doctor will diagnose your health and issues. This involves a relaxed discussion and a basic physical examination.

    The doctor will ask you why you have come to Balance Health for help and whether there are any other related or un-related problems. He/she will also ask about your health history and about your lifestyle habits, such as eating, drinking, sleeping and physical exercise.

    For the physical examination, the doctor will check your tongue as well as your pulse on both wrists, as these are key components in Chinese medicine diagnosis.

    The doctor then will tell you how you can benefit from a Chinese medicine treatment and how your individual treatment plan depending on your condition will look like. He/she will also provide you with professional advice on diet, exercise and lifestyle improvement for you to take care of yourself during the treatment course and for optimal health in your further life.

    After that, you will proceed to the actual treatment. You will lie on a regular examination or massage bed when receiving acupuncture. During the treatment, you should lie quietly. Don’t plan to read, just relax, snooze or meditate. Everyone has a different feeling during and after an acupuncture session, so the most important thing for you is to be mindful about the changes it brings to your body and mind.

  • How should I prepare?

    You should prepare the questions you may want to ask the practitioner. As the doctor in turn will ask you in detail about your health condition, be prepared to answer questions about your appetite, digestion, sleeping patterns and similar issues. Women will also be asked about their menstruation cycles, previous pregnancies and childbirth. If you have, also bring any available test result related to your condition. This might be especially useful for fertility-related treatments.

    Before the treatment, you should eat a small meal in order to avoid dizziness. Make sure you are not thirsty, and avoid wearing too much make-up, since the practitioner needs to observe your facial appearance. Do not drink coffee or any strong-coloured beverages and also do not brush your tongue before the treatment, since the practitioner will check your tongue. Rigorous exercise, sexual activities, and consuming alcohol should be avoided immediately before and after a treatment for at least 1 hour.

    Between visits, make notes of any changes in the body that may have happened. It is important to share this information with the practitioner.

  • What should I wear?

    It is recommended that you wear loose, comfortable clothing. The acupuncturist might ask you to remove clothes from the body parts where the needles are about to be inserted, so you should be able to easily uncover your arms, legs, feet and belly. Additionally, you will be draped in a towel and warmed by a heat lamp if it’s cold.

  • Is acupuncture painful?

    Most people report no or minimal pain from acupuncture. You will feel a small prick when the needle is inserted. After that first instant, you should feel nothing.

    After a while, you may feel the arrival of Qi similar to a dull or heavy ache, a tingling, a numbing, warmth or an electrical sensation. If you feel a sudden sharp nerve pain, alert the acupuncturist to let him or her know. He/she might need to remove the needle and insert it in a slightly different place. Rarely is there any bleeding or bruising from the needle insertion point.

  • How long are the needles in place?

    Again, it is depending on your condition, however, the usual time for the needles to be in place is 30 minutes. For children, it might be only 10 or 20 minutes. During this time the body temperature may lower, organ systems, heart beat and respiration may slow down, and muscle tension dissipates. In most cases, the patient will sink into a very relaxed state.

  • How can getting pricked by needles be relaxing?

    There is a misconception that an acupuncture needle inserted into your skin would hurt as much or similar to a sewing needle or pin prick. However, acupuncture needles in contrary are very thin and flexible, about as thick as one single hair. They are designed not to cause any sensation when they go in, and you will only feel a small prick when the needle is inserted.

  • How will I feel after my treatment?

    Some people feel relaxed, some feel energized and some feel nothing after an acupuncture treatment – again, it is very individual! However, you may feel a little tired or sleepy and should take this into account if you are planning to drive or use heavy machinery straight after your treatment.

    Even if you experience flu-like symptoms such a slight headache or aching muscles, this is not a sign that anything is wrong. Acupuncture is the beginning of a cleansing and balancing process of the whole body. These symptoms will pass during the healing process, and you will begin to feel better soon. Weariness and fatigue can even be a positive sign that acupuncture is working. Treat yourself well after an acupuncture session, relax, take a warm bath, hydrate well and sleep enough to encourage the healing process.

  • Is there any situation not suitable for acupuncture treatments?

    Only a qualified acupuncturist can make sure whether acupuncture is the right treatment for your individual condition, instead of recommending or denying it for certain conditions in general. This means it is important to openly tell the acupuncturist about any issues you have so she/he can treat you optimally.

    Additionally, it is also important to set the right expectations before the treatment: It cannot do miracles, and severe diseases should in any case be treated conventionally. However, acupuncture is perfectly suited to complement any conventional treatments and can yield great results for many conditions.

  • How many treatments will I need?

    Acupuncture is a system in which you receive a series of up to 15 treatments of up to an hour each, spread out over several weeks. There will usually be some days or one week between each treatment, depending on your condition.

    Most health problems take more than one treatment to resolve completely. Whereas there are some mild conditions which only need one or two sessions to resolve, chronic diseases will certainly take longer. In this case, expect to have four to ten treatments before a reassessment of your condition. For example, this is true for fertility-related issues, which usually take at least two to three months to improve.

    Also keep in mind that acupuncture focuses on treating overall well-being and not just the symptoms, taking a holistic approach. This means you must set aside time because it is useless to take only one treatment, or to begin a series and not finish it. Not finishing a course of treatment in this case is a waste of money.

    However, if you only want to do acupuncture for general health prevention reasons and not to treat a specific disease, one treatment every one or two months is sufficient.

acupuncture therapy

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Our Therapists

Grace Yu
Herman Yuen