Acupuncture Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How often after my first treatment do I have to come in?
A:Your doctor will instruct you according to your condition.
Q: Is it alright to see a different associate at ATP Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine?
A: All doctors are of the highest caliber at ATP Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine. We work together as a team to provide the best care for all our patients.
Q: If I can’t get in to see my practitioner, can I pick up herbs or have herbs shipped to me?
A: It’s important to avoid interrupting your treatment program. However, in the event that you do need to miss your appointment, we encourage you to pick up a refill of your herbs or have them shipped to you to maintain treatment continuity.
Q: How long can I expect to be in the treatment room for an acupuncture treatment?
A: It depends on your practitioner’s discretion. Expect 25-40 minutes on average.
Q: Is it normal after an acupuncture treatment to get bruises or swelling on the area where the acupuncture needle was inserted?
A: Occasionally, bruising or swelling may occur from an acupuncture treatment. Simply apply pressure and an ice pack for 10-15 minutes. It will not negatively impact your treatment’s outcome.
Q: Can I exercise or go back to work after my treatment?
A: Yes, you may return to your normal activities shortly after your treatment.
Q: Can I take vitamins and other supplements while I take my herbs? Or will they conflict?
A: It is generally not a problem as long as you take the supplements and the herbs at separate times.
Q: How long after I eat should I wait to drink my tea? Can I drink the tea on an empty stomach?
A: You should wait 15-20 minutes after your meal to drink the tea. It is fine to drink the tea on an empty stomach.
Q: What should I do if I slightly overcook the tea or overcooked it and ended up with only one cup? Is it still good?
A: Not a problem - as long as the tea is not burnt. If you only end up with one concentrated cup of tea add filtered or distilled water to the concentration to dilute it. Add enough water to the tea so that it equals to 3 to 6 cups (depending on the type of tea pot you use).
Q:What should I do if I forget to drink my tea for one dose?
A:You should double up the dose next time. It’s important to intake the prescribed dosage on a daily basis for optimum results.
Q: If I have more tea left over, should I throw it away or can I still drink it?
A:You should drink it, but keep in mind that once the tea is cooked it is only good for 1 week in the refrigerator.
Q:I’am experiencing adverse reactions to the tea, such as abdominal pain and bloating. Is this normal and what should I do?
A: Let your practitioner know. Some people may have a reaction the first or second week, but symptoms usually subside afterwards.