How does acupuncture feel?

Many new patients want to know what to expect during acupuncture treatment.  With the insertion of needles you may feel certain sensations, such as a dull ache, tingling sensation local to the needled site or elsewhere in the body, a sensation of fullness, energy moving through the body, relaxation, or a sensation of tightness.  This is all normal.  Soon after treatment you may feel grounded, relaxed,  possibly “spacey” or tired.  This is normal with acupuncture.

What conditions do you treat?

Acupuncture is a part of a comprehensive Traditional Chinese Medical system that uses the principle of balance to treat the root of dis-ease and effectively treats a variety of conditions. At Eileithyia’s Studio, we treat various everyday ailments with a special focus on Emotional Well-being, Pain Management, Women’s Health issuea and Gastro-Intestinal Conditions. Please visit our Conditions Treated page for a brief listing of some of the conditions we see and treat

What will happen in my first session?

In our first session together, we will review your past medical history and then discuss your present health concern. After which, I will assess your tongue and pulse. These are diagnostic tools I use to create your personalized acupuncture point prescription. The actual treatment will last for 30 minutes. At the end of your session, we then discuss the next steps in your treatment design. 

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions depends upon the nature of your present health concern and how your body responds to treatment. On average, people with acute conditions will need 5-6 sessions while longstanding conditions may take 10 or more sessions to reach the desired outcome. Acupuncture is a cumulative medicine and best results are seen when treatments are received closer together. 2-3 treatments per week is recommended for the first couple of sessions for best results.

How should I prepare for my sessions?

  1. Wear loose fitting clothes that can be easily rolled up above your elbows and knees. Also, you may need to expose your abdomen from your rib cage to the top of your hips, so avoid one piece suits or dresses.

  2. Be sure you have eaten at least a light meal within a few hours prior to arriving.

  3. Avoid alcohol on the day of your treatment.

  4. Avoid overeating immediately before treatment. Being over-hungry increases the risk of nausea or dizziness.

  5. Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated after your appointment

  6. For best results, avoid strenuous activity immediately following a treatment. Set aside enough time so that you are not rushing to and from your visit. Physical strain immediately before or after acupuncture can weaken your body.

  7. Keep a positive attitude and EXPECT positive results. As we follow through on your treatment plan, look for signs of improvement and take encouragement from them. Build an attitude that expects positive results and know that profound healing is possible. Your belief and expectation has an incredibly strong influence on your body, and is a key factor in healing. 

How long does each treatment last?

The actual Acupuncture treatment lasts for 30 minutes. However, new patients can expect their first session to last a total of 90 minutes. Existing patients can expect their follow-up sessions to last a total of 60 minutes.

Do you have to be Licensed to practice Acupuncture?

Yes, New York State has strict guidelines for practicing acupuncture. It requires completing 3 years of Masters level training in Traditional Chinese Medicine and passing the national board exam. The L.Ac. after my name means Licensed Acupuncturist. Feel free to verify my credentials HERE.