The first session begins with a thorough review of your health history.  A thorough review of systems helps elucidate possible underlying causes of symptoms. This is followed by a traditional tongue and pulse diagnosis.  The color, moisture, shape and coating of your tongue give many diagnostic clues to help determine a course of action. Palpation of the pulses at 3 positions is also used to glean clinical clues.

The acupuncture treatment consists of inserting needles in a number of points, sometimes followed by a gentle stimulation of the placed needles.  This brings circulation to the area and improves local blood flow, hastening the body’s natural healing process.  The needles stay in for 20-30 minutes.  I will communicate with you during the treatment, letting you know what I am doing and making sure everything feels comfortable.  TDP mineral plate heat lamps are placed over your feet to keep you warm and cozy. You can choose to listen to music or relax in silence.  This is your time to rest, breathe, and feel the energy begin to shift.  The points may feel tingly during the treatment, and you may feel your muscles releasing tension.  You may get very drowsy or even fall asleep.

Your comfort is a priority for me; thus, I only work with one person at a time, so that you can get my full attention. I welcome any questions that may arise during the session.

All needles at Heavenly Stems Acupuncture are sterile, disposable, and individually packaged.

 

Patient receiving acupuncture