Kauai Five Element Acupuncture
for the
body, mind and spirit
for the
body, mind and spirit
What to Expect in Classical Five Element Acupuncture Treatment

The first appointment is typically a two-hour consultation. During this visit we will speak at length about your specific health concerns and address any questions you may have about acupuncture and the healing process. We will also discuss your health, lifestyle and personal histories in detail, followed by a physical examination. Based upon your individual needs, needles may or may not be used during the first visit.

The primary objective of the first appointment
is to assess the underlying conditions that have led
to your current concerns. A person's current state
of health is often a continuation of earlier conditions
that may or may not seem at all related except in the
context of Five Element Acupuncture.

Following the initial consultation, ideally you will
be seen in weekly one-hour sessions for 6-8 visits.
Treatment frequency and duration varies with each
individual, and the first few treatments may take up
to two hours.

Subsequent visits involve acupuncture treatments
to address your specific concerns and goals. The
practitioner will assess the state of your health by
listening to your wrist pulses. She will treat using
acupuncture needles and/or the burning of moxa (a Chinese medicinal herb) and prescribe Chinese Herbs, dietary recommendations, or Qigong exercises as needed.

Every individual is unique, as is their response to treatment. Often the initial improvements are in the overall state of health. However, some people notice a marked improvement in their main complaint immediately. In addition, the length of time that the condition has been present can be a factor in a person's recovery rate. During the course of treatment, significant signs of progress will likely appear. As patients experience improvement in their condition and enjoy a greater sense of ease in life, treatments may be extended to every other week, every three weeks, monthly and eventually seasonally.

About the Needles

  • Acupuncture needles are very fine, approximately the thickness of a human hair, and have a flexible shaft.

  • They are made from the finest quality surgical stainless steel and are pre-sterilized and discarded after each use.

  • Unlike hollow hypodermic needles, they are solid, much thinner, and do not induce blood flow.

During treatment, Classical Five Element Acupuncturists use very few needles in order to interfere as little as possible with the natural movement of life energy. The average number of needles used in a treatment is between 6 and 10.

When a needle is inserted at a meridian point, a very slight prick may be felt. When the needle then contacts the qi in the meridian, the person may feel various sensations. Descriptions vary from not feeling anything at all, to a sharp or tickling sensation, or a slight ache or electric current, any of which lasts only for a second or two. Classical Five Element needles generally are not left in for long periods of time and are removed within a moment or two of insertion.
Preparing for Your First Treatment

To prepare for your first treatment, please click on the "New Clients" link for a detailed description of suggested guidelines for before and after treatment. Following these guidelines will ensure the best possible results from your acupuncture treatments.

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Anne Skabo, L.Ac.    Kilauea     (808) 634-0009     kauai5elementacupuncture@gmail.com