First Acupuncture Visit at Yin + Yarrow, St Paul

Step 1: Prior to Your First Visit

a) Click to >> Schedule your appointment

b) Complete the online New Patient Forms which are electronically submitted during the scheduling process.

c) Wear comfortable, loose clothing so your arms and legs can be accessed below your elbows and knees.

d) A snack or light meal an hour before your treatment is recommended.

e) Patient appointments last an average of 60 minutes, so please plan accordingly and leave plenty of time for yourself.


Humans at rest: The studio is a quiet space, so it’s important that we work together to make other’s treatment experience as enjoyable as possible. Please speak in a soft voice, silence your phone, and avoid making phone calls while here.

IMPORTANT: Out of respect for others, please refrain from wearing fragrances and smoking before coming to the studio. Ideas for reducing the impact you may have on others includes refraining from smoking for at least 30 minutes before your appointment, wearing clean clothes the day of your treatment, and leaving coats, hats, or other items that may carry a heavy odor in your car. Thank you for your consideration.


Step 2: Arrival:

Step 4: Find Your Space

Have a seat in the waiting area. I’ll be with you shortly to meet with you and go over your health forms. I like to spend some time getting to know you, learning what your goals are and what you’d like to accomplish with with your acupuncture treatments.


Step 5: Assessment

I will have reviewed your Health History form and will ask any questions if needed that will help identify the correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Please feel free during this time to ask any questions you may have. You will now be ready to begin your treatment.


Step 6: Get setup on your table

  • Remove any watches or bracelets that may interfere with placing needles on your upper limbs
  • Remove your socks
  • Roll up your shirt sleeves and pants to just above the elbows and knees
  • Relax and make yourself comfortable on the treatment table
  • Place a blanket over you if you would
  • I will also place infrared heat lamps over your feet for warmth

Step 7: Treatment

Treatments are generally administered on your arms and legs below the elbows and knees, ears, head, abdomen, back, shoulders and neck.

Acupuncture insertion is done very quickly to bypass pain receptors at the skin’s surface. While some feel nothing at all, others may experience mild sensitivity to the insertion.

Following insertion, a mild sensation of heaviness or tingling may be experienced during the treatment; this is a desired effect. The needles are left in place for 30 minutes. Most people find the experience relaxing, and some even fall asleep (i.e. needle napping) during their sessions.

After retaining the needles for the desired time, I will remove them and provide any necessary instructions.


Step 8: You’re done!

You are free to go! You can schedule your follow-up visit online or let me know if you’d like to schedule and I’ll be happy to help.


Things to Note

Acupuncture is a safe, effective, drug-free approach for the treatment of a wide range of conditions recognized by the World Health Organization.

Your safety is important to me; I use disposable, sterile, single-use needles with every patient.