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What to Expect During Your First Visit

Prior to your acupuncture session, it is best to eat a light meal or snack. You don’t want to be starving but you also do not want to be overly full. Wear loose fitting clothes for comfort during acupuncture sessions. Make sure the clothing can be rolled up so that I can reach all of the necessary acupuncture points. If it is difficult to reach some of the acupuncture points I can provide you with a gown to wear during the treatment.

When you arrive for your first acupuncture appointment I will ask you to complete a comprehensive intake form and a few other forms, or you may fill the forms out ahead of time and just bring them in. The acupuncture intake form asks questions about your current state of health, past illnesses, and family history. These questions are important because the holistic approach of Oriental medicine takes everything into account. Your current symptoms may not seem related to past health issues, but our bodies are complex landscapes and everything that happens to them leaves its mark.

After reviewing your intake form we will discuss your condition and I will examine your pulse and tongue, which are two of the basic diagnostic methods of Oriental medicine. Please do not brush your tongue for at least 24 hours leading up to your appointment. This allows me to use the color, texture, and coating on your tongue as a diagnostic tool. The acupuncture points I choose will depend on your condition. Once the needles are inserted, I will leave you to lie comfortably for approximately 30 minutes with the needles in place. During your treatment I may come in to adjust the needles. During some treatments other modalities may be used as well. Most people find acupuncture treatment deeply relaxing, and it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during this time.

Treatments are gentle and effective, and each treatment is designed for you as an individual. In order for your body to relax and for the treatment to work to its fullest potential, treatments last approximately 1 hour (New Patient 1 1/2 hrs). Call and make an appointment today!

What to Expect - Prairie Spring Acupuncture Clinic in Palatine, IL

Prairie Spring Acupuncture Clinic
Kathi L. Wotal, L.Ac.,
MSOM, Dipl. OM
600 N. North Court, Suite 230
Palatine, Illinois 60067
Phone: (847) 221-8644

By Appointment Only
Tuesday 12-7
Thursday 10-5
Saturday 9-12

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