How To Prepare For An Acupuncture Treatment
Acupuncture is an ancient practice that the Chinese have mastered for centuries. This method of relaxation and alternative medical treatment is quite popular around the world and many turn to it for relief of ailments. If you’re one of the many who have decided to journey into the world of acupuncture, it helps to know what you’re getting into and the best way to prepare for your first treatment.
In a nutshell, acupuncture is the practice of using hair thin needles and inserting them into specific pressure points throughout the body. This is done in order to balance out a person’s “qi.” The Chinese define the qi as a person’s vital energy.
When illness or pain is present, this can throw one’s qi off, resulting in pain, suffering, and/or disease. Each needle hits what is known as a meridian line, which restores the balance of the qi’s flow. With over 1,000 acupuncture points on the human body, the number of ways to relieve pain and ailments is virtually endless.
Once you’ve found a reputable and licensed acupuncturist, be sure to communicate effectively the type of discomfort you’re feeling and what you’re hoping to have the treatment accomplish. Do your best to describe the type of pain you have and where you are feeling it. It is also important that you know when the symptoms started and how long they’ve been affecting you.
The day of your acupuncture treatment, there are a couple of helpful steps you should follow for best results.
- Eat a small meal at least two hours before your appointment but avoid foods that are fried, greasy, rich, or very spicy, since this can upset your stomach during the acupuncture session.
- Additionally, do not drink any alcohol.
- Bring a list of your current medications with you and schedule your acupuncture treatment for a day when you don’t have anywhere to rush off to.
- It’s also important to note that after your acupuncture treatment, you should avoid all activities that require heavy exertion, this includes sexual activity, for a few hours after your treatment.
- Wear clothes that are comfortable and loose enough to be rolled up to your elbows or knees.
Because each person has different needs, there is no exact rule or layout as to how many needles will be inserted and how many pressure points will be touched. You will find out all this information during your first consultation with your acupuncturist.
He/she will discuss your family health history very thoroughly, as well as the ins and outs of your daily life. Once the acupuncturist has all the vital information, he/she will be able to put together the right treatment for your needs.
While many claim that acupuncture does not hurt, you may experience a tingling or numbing sensation during your treatment, however, this is completely normal.
Acupuncture has been deemed safe and free of side effects. The only common experience many have is the feeling of relaxation while undergoing the treatment. If there are any types of side effects you’ll actually want, relaxation is one of them!