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Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect from my first visit?

Frequently Asked Questions - Essential Acupuncture in Libbie and Grove, West End, Richmond, VirginiaWe will spend a considerable amount of time going over the intake form that you will complete prior to your first visit.  The intake form asks questions about your current state of health, past illnesses, and family history. These questions are important because the holistic approach of Chinese 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 take your pulse and look at your tongue, which are two of the basic diagnostic methods of Chinese medicine. The acupuncture points I choose will depend on your condition and total number of needles varies from person to person.  Once the needles are inserted, I will leave you to lie comfortably for 20-35 minutes with the needles in place.  Many people find acupuncture treatment deeply relaxing, and it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during this time.

How should I prepare for my first visit?

Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and make sure you have eaten at least an hour before your appointment.  In addition, be sure to download the New Patient Welcome Packet , complete the forms and bring them with you to your appointment.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more than one treatment is often recommended. For acute conditions, you may only need one to three treatments. Chronic conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition.  Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being may be scheduled as well.

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?Acupuncture, Richmond, Virginia, Needle, Pain

Many first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor's office. They won't. Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles that you will hardly feel when inserted. The process is not painful, but some patients experience other sensations, such as heaviness or pressure. Most patients find acupuncture deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Acupuncture Richmond, Virginia, pain, InfertilityYes. Acupuncture is used by millions of Americans every year. Acupuncturists are required to undergo extensive education, including detailed study of human anatomy and training in Clean Needle Technique.  Acupuncturists in Virginia are licensed by the State Medical Board, which requires the passing of four comprehensive national board examinations administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). As required by law, I use pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to ensure your complete safety.

Kristina Aschenbach, L.Ac.
5318 Patterson Avenue, Suite E
Richmond, Viginia 23226