Everything You Need to Know

Treatment details and what you can expect as a patient

Who are we?

Keahi Health is dedicated to providing the best treatments possible while valuing the unique needs of its patients. We address individual patient concerns, provide ongoing education, individualize treatment modality options, and help patients to participate in their own healthcare decisions. Keahi Health is also a resource center dedicated to providing quality health care to you and your family. We enjoy sharing our knowledge of the history, the applications, and the effectiveness of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and we encourage your questions.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the insertion of fine, sterilized medical-grade stainless steel needles into specific places in the body. The over-arching goal of an acupuncture treatment is to stimulate the body’s natural healing response.

What do I wear?

It is best to wear or bring comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to your visit. Some of the most powerful acupuncture points lie below the elbows and knees and your acupuncturist will need access to these areas while assuring your comfort.

What happens during my first visit?

Your first visit will begin with a comprehensive evaluation of your overall health. During the assessment we may ask you questions that you may feel do not relate to your concerns. Chinese medicine, as a holistic medicine, considers the whole person, not just one isolated symptom. When systematically viewed together, the various symptoms that you are experiencing reveal patterns of imbalances that must be addressed in order to achieve the desired results.

After your initial consultation, we will assess your individual condition and determine a treatment plan that will allow us to achieve the best outcome. While you will undoubtedly feel the benefits from a single treatment, your acupuncturist may recommend additional sessions for optimum results. After a short discussion and agreement of your treatment plan, your licensed acupuncturist will insert 10-15 thin acupuncture needles into areas of the body to treat your chief concern and rebalance the underlying root causes of illness.

What does it feel like?

The acupuncture itself is nearly painless; most patients report either feeling nothing at all or something less than a pinch. Once all of the needles are inserted, your acupuncturist will make delicate adjustments in order to “activate” the needles. This “activation” is known as achieving “de qi” in Chinese and oftentimes feels like a dull, ache, heaviness or deep relaxation.

How long will this take?

The initial evaluation and acupuncture treatment will take up to 60 minutes. Needles are typically retained for about 15-30 minutes depending on the patient and the condition. Pediatric patients may want to rest for only 5-15 minutes.

What can I expect after the treatment?

Relief of symptoms varies on a case-by-case basis. Relief can be immediate or it can be delayed by a few hours or one or two days. Improvement might last for a few hours on the first visit and typically lasts longer with each successive treatment. It is important to recognize that individuals will have varying responses to treatment. Factors such as constitutional strength, severity and duration of illness, number of prescription medications taken, and emotional well-being can also have an impact on how quickly improvement can be seen.

Are there any negative effects of treatment?

Adverse events resulting from acupuncture treatment are rare, according to the National Institutes of Health, making it a good choice for safe, complementary care. However, in a few cases, patients may actually feel an aggravation of their symptoms before getting better. This is typically seen as a “healing response” and the patient should contact Keahi Health if the condition lasts more than 48 hours. The most common side-effect of acupuncture is relaxation!

What is a recommended course of treatment?

To be effective, acupuncture often requires a series of regularly scheduled treatments. The number of treatments recommended will depend on your particular condition. Although it is difficult to predict the exact number of treatments you will need, at the time of your initial visit we can usually provide a general idea of the time necessary for you to experience positive results from your treatments. In general, acute conditions of recent onset may only require two or three treatments. Chronic conditions usually require more treatments to achieve sustained results. An initial course of 3-6 treatments is recommended in order to better assess the extent to which acupuncture will help the condition. For longstanding illnesses, weekly treatments for 3-6 months may be required in order to achieve a sustained return to wellness.

How do I make treatments more effective?

The ideal approach to achieving wellness through acupuncture and Chinese medicine is to be as aggressive as possible. For example, in China, people seek treatment 1-2 times per day until they are completely healed. This is oftentimes difficult or impossible to schedule in the West. The best we can do is to begin treatment as quickly as possible with as little time in between treatments as possible. The sooner you seek help, the faster and easier it is to see positive results. Before each treatment, we reassess your progress and examine your treatment plan. If you are a candidate for herbs, we typically recommend a one-month prescription of herbal pills. Your response to the herbs provides valuable information we use to monitor and evaluate your treatment. As you start feeling better and your symptoms diminish, your acupuncture and herbal treatments will change too.

What do I do at home?

The more you know about your specific condition and its’ respective remedies, the more effective your treatments and your results will be. As part of your course of treatment, your acupuncturist will make customized recommendations regarding herbal medicine, diet, and lifestyle. The more consistently you are able to follow through with these recommendations, the better the results you will achieve.

What should you bring to your first treatment?

Please bring the new patient forms to your first appointment, which can be found in our patient portal.