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What happens during acupuncture treatment?

Typically, the first time you see an acupuncturist, you will have a longer visit. The practitioner will ask you about your medical history, diet, and lifestyle and may look at your tongue and feel your pulse. Based on these factors, the practitioner will determine the imbalance in your body and the proper acupuncture points to treat. Next, you will be asked to lie on a table and you may have to remove part of your clothing depending on what points need to be treated. Once the needles are placed, the acupuncturist will leave the room and ask you to rest quietly for 20-30 minutes. The next time you visit the acupuncturist, your session will most likely be quicker (typically an hour or less). You may require just a few sessions or several weeks of treatment depending on your condition.

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