What to Expect

During the initial visit, a full health history may be taken. You may be asked questions regarding health, symptoms and lifestyle. An appropriate physical exam may be conducted, including pulse and tongue diagnosis.

Gathering this information enables the practitioner to effectively diagnose and detect any specific imbalances of Qi that may have contributed to your health problems. The practitioner can then create a well-structured treatment plan.

Once the imbalances of Qi are detected, an acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints along meridian pathways. This safe and painless insertion of the needles can unblock the obstruction and balance Qi where it has become unbalanced. Once this is done, Qi can freely circulate throughout the body, providing adequate nourishment to cells, organs, glands, tissues and muscles. This can eliminate pain and restore balance and harmony, as well as the body’s ability to heal itself—ultimately leading to optimal health and well-being.

In our community acupuncture setting, subsequent visits are streamlined. You meet privately with your acupuncturist during the first visit. However, when you arrive at your return visits, you simply “feed the Acubank” at the Invisible Receptionist’s corner in the waiting room, enter the Community Treatment Room, get comfortable in a treatment chair, and then your acupuncturist will join you and begin your treatment. You can whisper or speak softly with your acupuncturist in the treatment room.

At Purple Dragon, we let you decide how long your treatment should last (your body will know). We prefer that you allow yourself to rest at least 30 minutes in treatment, and you are welcome to rest longer. People typically remain 40-60 minutes in treatment. There are clocks in the room in case you need to keep track of time. Otherwise, just close your eyes and relax. Your acupuncturist will peek in the treatment room often. Keep your eyes closed if you don’t wish to be disturbed. When you’re ready to be “unpinned”, simply open your eyes and look at your “punk” (nickname for community acupuncturists), and that signals her to unpin you.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is a safe, effective and drug-free therapy that can help address a wide variety of common ailments and problems and prevent illness.