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What should I expect on my first visit?

Before your first acupuncture appointment, you will be asked to complete a comprehensive intake form. The form asks questions about your current state of health, past illnesses, and family history. These questions are important because the holistic approach of Oriental medicine takes everything into account - your current symptoms may not seem related to past health issues, but our bodies are complex landscapes and everything that happens to them leaves its mark.

After reviewing your intake form, we will discuss your condition, and I will examine your pulse and tongue, which are two of the basic diagnostic methods of Oriental medicine. The acupuncture points I choose will depend on your condition, but you can expect approximately 20 needles. Once the needles are inserted, I will leave you to lie comfortably for 15-20 minutes with the needles in place. Many people find acupuncture treatment deeply relaxing, and it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during this time.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Many first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor’s office. Don't worry, they won't! Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles that you will hardly feel. When the acupuncturist gently stimulates the needles they may produce a unique sensation that Oriental medicine calls de qi. Patients often describe de qi as a heavy, achy pressure, or spreading, traveling feeling. You may also feel an "electrical" sensation moving down the meridian pathways, though this is less common. Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.

Is acupuncture safe?

Yes. Acupuncture is used by millions of Americans every year. Acupuncturists are required to undergo extensive education, including detailed study of human anatomy and training in Clean Needle Technique. Robert C. Nash has passed comprehensive national board examinations administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is licensed by the state. As required by law, only pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles are used to ensure your complete safety.

Do I need to get undressed?

Depending on the area(s) of the body being treated, you may need to remove one or more articles of clothing. To ensure your privacy, your practitioner will always leave the room while you undress, and only enter when you are on the table and covered with a blanket. The practitioner will only fold back as much of the blanket as is necessary to treat a particular area, making sure to keep sensitive areas covered. 

How many treatments will I need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more then one treatment is necessary. For acute conditions you can expect to have 10 to 15 treatments, but you will usually begin to feel relief after just the first few. Chronic conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis.

What conditions can acupuncture treat?

For a list of conditions commonly treated with acupuncture, see the Conditions We Treat page. If you are concerned about a specific health condition, please don't hesitate to call 919.964.3949 or use our Contact page. 


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