Using the principles of oriental medicine, the acupuncturist will examine you by looking, listening, asking questions, and touching. This allows the acupuncturist to record a full case history.
Once an evaluation is made, the acupuncturist may insert very fine acupuncture needles into a number of points on your body. The purpose of the needles is to stimulate acupuncture points; the needles do not inject any substance into the body. Single time use, pre-sterilized disposable needles are the preferred standard of practice.
Often, acupuncture may be accompanied by electrical stimulation or the burning of moxa, a form of heat therapy or the use of heat lamps. Acupuncturists may also use a variety of other techniques to enhance acupuncture treatment.