What to Expect on Your First Visit We schedule 1½ hours for your first visit so we can review your medical history, evaluate your health and
provide your first treatment. At the end of this session we will create a treatment plan appropriate for your
situation. This may include herbal prescriptions, lifestyle guidance and dietary modifications along with the
schedule of treatments you will need to get long lasting results.
What to Expect During a Treatment Session Treatment sessions last approximately one hour. Sessions typically begin with a discussion of your health
status and progress. Afterward, needles may be inserted to begin your treatment.
Expect to relax for 20-30 minutes while the needles stimulate your natural healing process. Following this,
another series of points may be selected to complete your treatment as you continue to relax.
What to Expect After a Treatment Session Many people generally experience a very relaxed sensation and often feel refreshed and revitalized as if
waking up from a good night's sleep.
Occasionally some patients experience minor side effects such as light bruising, sleepiness or residual
muscle aches. These only last for a short time and staying hydrated after treatment will minize any effects.
Follow Up Treatments Each patient is unique. The number and frequency of treatments will vary from patient to patient. Some
symptoms are relieved after the first treatment, while others may take five to ten treatments.
Typically, conditions that have persisted for some time will take longer to respond, while acute conditions
may resolve within one or two treatments. While a specific problem is being worked on, you may visit your
acupuncturist once or twice a week, and gradually reduce the frequency to once or twice a month.
To maintain good health, you may wish to receive treatments once every season or four times a year.
Ryoko Takayama L.Ac.
Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine