What to Expect

What to Expect in Classical Five Element Acupuncture Treatment


Your first appointment is on average about 1.5 hours, depending upon what your ailment is. This consultation will cover your different health concerns and really any questions you have in regards to acupuncture. With our conversation, I can figure out your individual needs. We will also talk about your personal history, health, and end with a physical examination. Your history will tell us how your current health can often contributed to by earlier conditions you may not have even realized you went through. Many past health problems you had can be vital in determining the right solution for you.

Once we have the first appointment consultation, we will then want to set up a 1 hour session once a week for about 6-8 treatments. Each treatment can vary depending on the treatment frequency you need. The first couple of treatments to take up to 2 hours.

Remember that every person is unique both in their history of health as well as responses to treatment. Usually the initial improvement you will feel is the overall state of health. However, sometimes a few treatments in, you realize that your main complaint has been solved. Either way, during the course of treatment, many people experience the greater sense of ease in their life and treatments begin to go from once a week to once a month, to once a quarter, and even once a year.

About the Needles

  • In order to be effective, acupuncture needles are very small and fine. You could compare them to the thickness of a human hair.
  • Each needle is made of stainless steel and both pre-sterilized and discarded after first time use
  • Acupuncture needles are solid, thin, and will not induce any blood flow

The specialists at Five Element Acupuncture will use as few needles as possible so not to interfere with your life's energy. When we do insert a needle, most of the time you will feel a very slight prick. When the needle comes in contact with the qi within the meridian, one may get some type of sensation.

Preparing for your First Treatment

Please try and arrive 15 minutes before you appointment to fill out any forms needed to start treatment. Also please try to:

  • Refrain from wearing heavy scented products
  • Eat something before treatment. (Not too heavy)
  • Refrain from wearing makeup
  • Refrain from drinking alcohol or caffeine before treatment
  • Refrain from strenuous physical work

Following Treatment

Once you have had your treatment with us, you may experience some fatigue or temporary aggravation. This is known as the Law of Cure and we will discuss this with you much more in detail on your first visit.

Office Policies

Punctuality is essential for all visits in order to maximize treatment time. It is beneficial to arrive five minutes early in order to be relaxed for your appointment.

Cancellation Policy

Please kindly notify the office at least 24 hours in advance of any need to change a scheduled appointment. Otherwise, unless you are in an emergency situation, you will be charged the full fee for the missed appointment.

Payment and Health Insurance

Payment at the time of treatment is required, either by check or cash or credit card. Please let the practitioner know in advance if billing is needed for taxes or insurance purposes.

Medical Care and Attention

Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with other care you are receiving. Continue any medication exactly as prescribed by your physician. After a period of time, and if and when it is appropriate, you may make arrangements with your physician to reduce or stop your medication. If you have a medical emergency, please contact your personal physician or an emergency service facility. Also please inform your practitioner of any such occurrence.