Acupuncture and TCM: Your First Visit

If Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture are new treatment ideas for you, you may be a bit apprehensive about your first visit to a TCM practitioner. Let me make it easier for you:

What to Expect on Your First Visit to an Acupuncturist

When you go to an acupuncturist for the first time, it is a good idea to wear comfortable clothing and eat some light food before you arrive. At the office, you will probably be asked to fill out some paperwork about your health history. Your practitioner will then ask you questions, look at your tongue and take your pulse. Then, depending on your complaint, she will provide you with the appropriate treatment and other dietary or lifestyle suggestions. Treatment often includes acupuncture and herbal formulas. Other modalities that your practitioner might suggest include cupping and moxabustion. Many people feel an improvement after one treatment but usually additional treatments (especially in the case of longstanding problems) are required to sustain lasting results.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is wonderful and can be very helpful for a variety of concerns. In my Chicago practice, I often treat acute and chronic pain, infertility, women’s issues, anxiety, sinus, and digestive problems to name a few.


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