Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), one of the oldest continuous systems of medicine dating back 5,000 years. It is the most commonly used system of healing in the world.
What should I expect on my first visit?
The first visit to an acupuncturist usually begins with the practitioner taking a detailed history. After review, the practitioner will begin diagnosing your ailment. Palpation (to explore by touch) of various acupuncture points on the body, an examination of the tongue, as well as pulse, are common diagnostic techniques in acupuncture.
Does it hurt?
Unlike hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are solid and hair-thin - not designed to cut the skin. They are also inserted to much more shallow levels than hypodermic needles, generally no more than 1/2 -inch to an inch.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Oriental Medicine is a term with many variations of a general meaning. Among the majority of american practitioners it refers to a system of medicine which originated approximately 4000 years ago in in far east Asia. This area included what are now China, Korea, Japan, Tibet, and Vietnam.
Although Oriental Medicine has a set of foundation principles it is not uniform. There have been and are many schools of thought. Oriental Medicine is a complete health care system capable of delivering both primary and specialized care. It's based on principles which began evolving approximately between 2000BC and 4000BC and which continue to evolve.