What Everyone Should Learn Before Getting Acupuncture

When grandma gave you chicken soup for your cold, you knew it would make you feel better because it was a time-tested treatment passed on from generation to generation. Even scientific studies have proven that the soup has verifiable ingredients which help. Acupuncture is much the same, and this article will explain more to you about it.

Acupuncture is amazing at helping you to de-stress. It helps by calming the nervous system which allows you to better manage the everyday stressors of life. If you approach your acupuncture treatment as a chance to relax and get in touch with your body and mind, you will reap the benefits.

If you are preparing for an acupuncture treatment, make sure to talk to your doctor ahead of time and notify him or her about any medications you are taking. That includes vitamins as well. He or she may want you to stop using some of them while you are receiving treatment.

The needles used for acupuncture do not hurt. You might think that you are going to experience pain, but this is not true. These needles are nothing like the needles used for injections or blood draws. They are so tiny, you will barely feel them being inserted into your skin.

Avoid having coffee before your treatment. You should abstain for about two hours before an appointment. This restriction is due to the fact that coffee is a stimulant which works in direct opposition to the goals of your acupuncture session. Coffee also makes the acupuncturist’s job more difficult because it is harder to get accurate heart rate readings.

Do not focus on how long treatment will take, as this can keep you from focusing on the big picture, which is to get well. The acupuncturist likely cannot give you an answer to that immediately anyway, as it depends partly on what you are willing to do at home to help yourself.

Don’t expect to 100% understand what an acupuncturist is talking about, but do ask for explanations when you are lost. Acupuncture is an Eastern style holistic approach to medicine. It’s quite different from what Westerners are used to, and the lingo can be a lot to take in. If you’re lost, stop and ask questions.

While you may expect tons of pain, it’s more likely that you won’t feel any at all. There is almost no pain at all with acupuncture. The needles cannot even be seen a couple of feet away; that is how small they are. There may be a slight pinch to let you know one has been inserted, if you feel anything at all.

Never fight an acupuncture treatment during the middle of it. You’ve made the decision to get this treatment, hopefully reading up prior to the appointment. If you start tensing up or responding poorly (both physically and verbally), you can be sure that the session won’t give you the best results.

Science is slowly picking up on alternative treatments today, which means that soon enough we should have many studies providing the efficacy of acupuncture. Until then, you and I will know that this treatment method works wonders for all who try it. Go out, find yourself a practitioner and enjoy!

Lauren D. Zeigler