How acupuncture is performed
Typically, an initial acupuncture session will involve an assessment of general health, a medical history and a physical examination, followed by insertion of the acupuncture needles. Most acupuncture sessions last between 20 and 40 minutes. Courses of treatment often involve up to 10 separate sessions, but this can vary.
Assessment and examination
- The acupuncture practitioner will first ask you about your general health and your medical history.
- If your visit is because of a specific health condition, they will ask about the symptoms of this condition and about any other treatment you have received for it.
- After this, the acupuncture practitioner may carry out a physical examination.
- Insertion of the needles
- After taking an appropriate medical history, the acupuncture practitioner will begin the insertion of the acupuncture needles. These needles are inserted into specific places on the body, which practitioners call acupuncture points.