Zoe Cohen L.Ac.
Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine

Your First Treatment

Before beginning treatment, I will conduct a thorough interview and evaluation to determine an appropriate strategy based on your symptoms and history.

I will make sure you're comfortable and relaxed before I insert any acupuncture  needles. These are very thin (about the size of a human hair), sterile and disposable, and the treatment is usually painless. It is normal, however, and even desirable, to experience a dull ache, tingling or warm sensation once the needles have been inserted.

The needles are usually left in for about 30 minutes, and most people become very relaxed or even fall asleep during the treatment. Patients tend to feel refreshed, centered and calm afterward. An initial treatment lasts 90 minutes, and follow-ups are one hour. For more details about what to expect after acupuncture, please read New Patient Information on the left of this page.

If you're apprehensive about what acupuncture may feel like, please let me know and I'll address your concerns beforehand. I can suggest relaxing breathing techniques, massage the points first and/or use extra thin needles. However, in my experience, the great majority of people who are nervous about getting acupuncture relax immediately after one or two needles are inserted, when they realize how very mild and even pleasant the sensation is.

Preparing for your treatments
Please be sure to eat something within a couple of hours of your appointment. You do not need to wear anything special; patients usually keep most of their clothing on or are draped with a sheet or blanket. Please print and complete the New Patient Intake Form on the left of this page, and bring it with you to your first appointment.

How many treatments will I need?
Because each person's body responds differently, your treatment plan is customized for your unique needs. The frequency and duration of treatment mainly depend on the severity of your problem and how long you've had it. For acute pain-related problems, you will likely notice results on the first or second visit, and symptoms often resolve fairly quickly. It is not uncommon for chronic conditions to require more time.

If you are not experiencing improvement in a reasonable period of time, I won't hesitate to recommend that you try different approaches, such as physical therapy, or consult a Western medical doctor.

Prevention is the best medicine
Many, if not most, of my patients who come to me for specific complaints decide to continue their treatments on an ongoing basis even after their ailments have resolved. They discover that by coming regularly, or even periodically, for "tune-ups," they feel generally healthier and more relaxed and "balanced." Chronic problems such as low energy, stress, tight muscles, frequent colds and the like are greatly diminished.

Payment 
Although I don't usually bill insurance companies directly, some insurance plans cover acupuncture. If your plan covers treatments, I will provide you with a statement that you can submit for reimbursement. I accept checks or cash, but not credit cards.