Frequently Asked Questions
Although we specialize in fertility, pregnancy, women’s health and bodies, we treat all people who walk through our door with specialized individualized support. We regularly treat pain, sleep issues, digestive complaints, immune support, hormonal regulation, emotional imbalances, and complicated internal medicine concerns including cancer support, male health/ fertility and pediatrics.
Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine is slow, personalized medicine. Our goal is to bring your body into balance in a sustainable manner, which can take time. For many patients, some relief does come with the first treatment. For some, it may take a few treatments before noticing a shift. Coming consistently is key to success: we generally ask for patients to come weekly to begin (occasionally twice a week for intense pain). A full course of treatment may take anywhere from a month to a year or more – depending on the issues that we are trying to address and how long they’ve been occurring.
Your practitioner will create a personalized treatment plan as part of your intake appointment, which will lay out expectations of care on a more personalized level, after assessing your specific needs. If you’d like to have more insight into the likely course of care for your case before signing up for your first appointment, please set up a 15-minute free phone consultation with one of our acupuncturists.
Acupuncture is a really gentle form of treatment – many patients fall asleep on the treatment table with their needles in! Our acupuncture needles are about 1/20 the width of the hypodermic needle that most of us are familiar with, so it’s a very different experience from most other needles you are likely to have experienced.
Most of the time, acupuncture is completely painless. There can occasionally be a pinching sensation with the insertion of an acupuncture needle, but once it’s in place, you shouldn’t feel sharp or pricking pain. If you do, let your acupuncturist know, so that they can adjust the needle and make you more comfortable.
You can make an appointment by clicking here and selecting from “Initial” (general), “fertility” or “prenatal” consult.
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We recommend clothing that is loose, comfortable, and easily shifted about. For most appointments, we will need access up to your elbows, up to your knees, and possibly to your belly – so any outfit that can easily accommodate access to those areas is ideal.
You will also be expected to wear a surgical or N95 / KN95-comparable mask during the entirety of your treatment, even when you’re alone in the treatment room. If you don’t have one with you when you arrive, we can provide one for you.
We are currently encouraging most patients to come in for an in-person combined initial intake and acupuncture appointment. Fertility patients, however, are encouraged to do a virtual intake appointment instead (and then schedule an in-person acupuncture appointment for a later time) -this virtual appointment allows more time for the intake conversation, and lets us dig deeper into what’s going on. If you’d prefer to switch your initial appointment type for any reason, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Heads up: you may need to find a new day / time for your appointment, if you switch appointment types.
You don’t need to bring anything with you to your first in-person appointment, other than a well-fitting mask! If you’d like to share blood work or imaging with your practitioner, you’re welcome to do so via email.
While there are risks and side effects to any form of care, acupuncture is a generally very safe form of treatment, when you’re in the hands of a licensed acupuncturist. Bruising, swelling or slight irritation at the site of a needle does occur occasionally, more in some patients than others, and patients sometimes get slightly woozy or spacey after treatment – but we don’t often see other side effects amongst our patients.
Gross! No way! All of our needles are single use, and disposed of in sharps containers, per healthcare regulatory guidelines.
Yes, all three acupuncturists are fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.
We have been open throughout the majority of this pandemic, and have not had any cases of transmission traced to the clinic! Here are the guidelines that we have in place to keep you safe while at Flourish:
- All practitioners and patients are expected to be masked with either surgical or N95/KN95-compatible masks during their time in the Flourish clinic, even when alone.
- HEPA filters are running in each treatment room, and each room is aired out for 20-60 minutes between patients.
- The treatment tables and surfaces of likely contact in the rooms are sanitized between patients.
- Patients complete a COVID screening questionnaire before each treatment, to ensure they are not showing any signs of illness or likely exposure.
- Cancellation fees are waived for illness or exposure, to encourage patients to report honestly.
- During COVID surges, our waiting room is closed, and patients are asked to wait either on the bench outside or in their car.
We are grateful to our wonderful patients for following and respecting the guidelines that we set out.