Your First Visit

Chicago Acupuncture and Herbal MedicineThe first treatment typically lasts between 60 and 90 minutes and follow up treatments last 45 to 60 minutes. At the first treatment we discuss your general health, focusing on symptoms you experience and in-depth information on your chief complaint(s). This discussion lasts 20-30 minutes and once completed we gather more information by inspecting your tongue and feeling the radial pulse in both arms. If you typically brush your tongue coat, please refrain from this practice on the day of your treatment. Acupuncture begins after this intake is completed. The number and location of needles varies from person to person and by complaint. Normally, people feel very slight sensations with the needles, including heaviness, achiness, itching, or tingling. The needles remain in place for approximately 20 to 30 minutes. As part of your treatment,you may also receive gua sha, cupping, moxa or heat lamp therapy. After the treatment is completed we discuss your treatment plan including how many treatments are needed for maximum efficacy and any lifestyle, dietary or herbal recommendations.

On the day of treatment, please dress in comfortable clothing that can expose your arms to the elbows, your legs to the knees and your abdomen. Please eat normally and be sure to have at least a small meal 1-2 hours before treatment. It is best to avoid rigorous exercise before or after the treatment, although mild exercise the day of treatment is often desirable.

Acupuncture treatments are typically very relaxing and often people fall asleep during treatment. Some people feel very relaxed and slightly spacey after treatment, although sometimes people feel very energized.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is acupuncture safe?

Yes. Only single-use, sterile, pre-packaged needles are used for treatment. Used needles are disposed of immediately after each use. Monique is certified in Clean Needle Technique. Acupuncture treatment can be used to support conventional medical treatment or can be used alone on a wide variety of medical conditions.

Are Chinese herbs safe?

Yes. The herbs we recommend are thoroughly tested for contaminants including pesticides, heavy metals, fungicides, and microbes.  They are produced at a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) approved facility.  We can provide more information on specific herbal manufacturing companies at the time of your treatment.

Does acupuncture work and how many treatments will I need?

Yes, acupuncture works to relieve many health conditions. The number of treatments required to resolve health care issues depends on many factors including how long you have had the condition and its severity. Typically, patients feel positive changes in their health after three to four weekly treatments.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept credit cards, checks and cash and payment is due at the time of service. We do not file insurance, but can provide you with a receipt for medical treatment to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement, if acupuncture is covered in your plan.

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