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Dr. Alex Tatevian has maintained a monthly acupuncture column in the health section of the Federal Hill Gazette since 1999.      
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  Federall Hill Gazette; April 2003

What does a typical acupuncture session look like?

Question:
What does a typical acupuncture session look like?

Answer:
   For people unfamiliar to acupuncture the idea of sticking needles brings all sorts of dramatic images.
   However, the best word to describe an acupuncture session is "UNEVENTFUL". Performed by a seasoned acupuncturist, it is so routine and easy for a patient that sometimes it is difficult for some acupuncturists to resist the temptation to make it more impressive, dramatic or even theatrical.
   Acupuncture needles are 25-50 times thinner than a hypodermic needle. Insertion of these hair-thin needles is not painful. We use new needles with each treatment. All needles are single-use, sterile, pre-packaged, and disposable needles (make sure that your acupuncturist uses disposable needles!)
   Some people feel nothing at all; others feel a slight pinch that can be followed by a mild sensation of tingling, numbness, traveling warmth, or heaviness. The needles are left in place for twenty to forty minutes. Most people find the experience extremely relaxing and uplifting.
   What we always tell the patients is that if anything causes any sort of discomfort, if there is any sensations that can be interpreted as pain - please do not exercise your patience and courage, tell us right away: we can use different points, different needles, different techniques, different positions to make it comfortable.
   During the first session a complete acupuncture examination takes place. This includes the history of your condition and general medical history. You may be asked many different questions about all kind of bodily functions and all aspects of your health.
   Several points on the body will furthermore be palpated and your tongue will be examined. In addition, the acupuncturist will closely monitor your pulse. Then the acupuncturist will make a diagnosis and will start the treatment. Acupuncture treatment is individually tailored, and there is never a standard treatment for a complaint.
   In addition to needling, it may be also beneficial to use warmth, massage, herbs, nutrition scheme, manipulations etc. Nowadays also, specific current or laser can be used for acupuncture treatment. Every next treatment session starts with a short questioning so the acupuncturist can interact with the state of the complaints at the very moment of the treatment.
   
   Alex Tatevian, DA
   
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   Alex Tatevian, DA
   Acu Well Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine
   141 Airport Road, Warwick, RI 02889
   Phone (401) 738-9355
 
 
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