First Visit – What to Expect

Your First Visit at Jade Acupuncture

Your initial acupuncture visit is 90 minutes. Your practitioner will take a detailed health history , and conduct an examination according to Chinese Medicine diagnostics. This includes tongue, pulse and sometimes abdominal palpation. These methods of examination allow us to design a treatment plan specific to you.

Your treatment plan will describe the imbalance we will be working with, a general time line for treatment and what kinds of treatment will be involved. (ie acupuncture, microcurrent, herbal medicine, cupping, moxa or gua sha.)
You will receive an acupuncture treatment and may be prescribed an herbal formula, as well as diet and lifestyle suggestions.

Chinese Medicine requires your active participation to get the most out of your acupuncture session. These suggestions will help you receive the most out working with your practitioner:

  • Please arrive on time so we can give you your full session .
  • Eat a light meal with in a few hours of your acupuncture session.
  • Wear loose comfortable clothing (or you may bring something to change into.)
  • If you have any questions about your treatment plan, be sure to ask your practitioner. (You are always welcome to call us if you have questions in between appointments.)
  • Follow the treatment plan your practitioner has derived for you.
  • Keep to regularity with your appointments, as each session builds upon the previous one.
  • Refrain from strenuous exercise and alcohol for at least 3 hours after acupuncture


Chinese Medicine is not a magic pill. True healing and adjustment in the body is a process that takes time and attention. Although you will often feel better right away – lasting change and shifts in health come incrementally. This safe and effective form of natural medicine gently nudges the body towards better balance and over time strengthens the body and enhances vitality.