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Experience Authentic Healing PDX

Many people are curious about acupuncture techniques, what will occur during an appointment, and how long it will take to feel better. Initially, acupuncture involves weekly treatments, depending on the patient’s health condition. Most treatment courses consist of approximately twelve sessions. Acute issues are typically resolved within a few visits.

What to expect on the first visit

The first visit begins with a comprehensive health history assessment including questions relating to Traditional Chinese Medicine and experience with acupuncture, herbs, massage, aromatherapy and diet.

Tongue Analysis

Following the initial intake, the tongue is examined. My tongue, you say! Why? The tongue reveals conditions through its color, coating, size, and shape. Click on the link for more information regarding the importance of the tongue in TCM.

How long are appointments?

The first appointment takes approximately one and half hours whereas the following appointments are 45 minutes to an hour.

During the session

After the intake, you will relax on a massage table, face-up, face-down, or on your side, depending on insertion point. Sterile needles are used on the points that resonate with your optimal healing. Frequently, the acupuncturist will leave the room during the session for a 10-15 minute period while the treatment takes effect and you relax. Children are never left unattended. Peaceful music is available if you wish.

Recommended clothing

Arrival clothes can be kept on with the fabric being lifted to expose the area of work. Loose fitting pants and top are recommended for ease of movement.

How does it feel?

Pain is different for each individual. Acupuncture does not hurt, but it is felt. Single-use disposable sterile needles are always used and each point will have a different sensation Acupuncture is at the top of the list for complimentary modalities used to treat numerous conditions. If the experience of pain was severe it would not be as popular as it is. Most people report occasional zinging or tingling, and an intermittent heavy feeling.

Call 503-501-4565 for more information or book now with Shannon.