#1 what should I expect on my first visit?
During your first office visit, your practitioner may ask about your health condition, lifestyle, and behavior. The practitioner will want to obtain a complete picture of your treatment needs and behaviors that may contribute to your conditions. Consultation and Chinese Medical diagnosis will be before the treatment.
Typically the fine and slender acupuncture needles produce little or no sensation at all. Depending on the on the health conditions, the first time patients may experience different sensations, more calm, tired, energetic, or rarely lightheaded right after the treatment these are working signs which indicate the Qi (chee, the life force) to flow better in your body. Occasionally minor bleeding or bruising may happen after needling. These cosmetic inconvenience, are based on Chinese medicine, showing the bad Qi is excessive and coming out. Actually the re-absorption of blood will keep stimulating the flowing of the Qi in the meridians.
#2 Is acupuncture safe?
Yes, we use FDA approved, sterilized, single-used needles. Our experienced practitioners know exactly where to insert the needles to avoid the painful or sensitive areas for the maximum effectiveness.
#3 How many sessions and how often should I receive acupuncture treatment?
The number and frequency of acupuncture treatments depend on individual conditions since each person is unique. Sometimes we may have different treatment plans for the same diagnosis of the disease because of the different level of Qi-flowing in different person. Typically a treatment plan will be created during your first visit to our clinic.
#4 What are Dr. Zhu’s customized Chinese herbal formulas for?
Once Dr. Zhu identifies a patient’s problem, the treatment plans, formulas that incorporate that plans, the specific herbs that constitute the formulas for that particular patient will naturally follow. Dr. Zhu will use the safe, effective classic Chinese herbal formulas and his family’s experienced formulas to enhance the acupuncture treatment and speed up the healing.
#5 What are Chinese Acupressure and Tuina massage?
Chinese Acupressure is a traditional technique based on the same ideas as acupuncture. It involves placing physical pressure at specific points on the surface of the body by using fingers, hands or other devices to restore the normal flow of Qi and the balance of Yin-Yang energy.
Chinese Tuina massage, literally” Push Grab”, has been practiced by Chinese as a therapy with many manipulation techniques for thousands of years. The commonly used ones are pushing, pressing, rolling, rubbing, grasping, and kneading. This will also increase your Qi and blood circulation in particular areas or throughout your entire body. Clinical practice and research proved that the combination of acupuncture and Chinese Tuina massage will work better.