How do I prepare for acupuncture?

What should you not do before acupuncture?

Avoid Caffeine Before Your Appointment

Because it is a stimulant, coffee increases your body’s fight-or-flight response, something which acupuncture seeks to lessen.

Do you take your clothes off for acupuncture?

You don’t need to remove all of your clothes for a treatment. Acupuncturists may need to access areas under your clothes, but they will properly drape you so that only small portions of skin are exposed.

Do you need to eat before acupuncture?

Don’t arrive on an empty stomach

If you undergo acupuncture treatment on an empty stomach, it may cause you to feel lightheaded, depleted, or dizzy. To prevent such uncomfortable sensations and fully maximize the treatment’s potential, you should eat a meal a couple of hours before your appointment.

How can I maximize my acupuncture benefits?

7 Ways to Maximize the Effects of Acupuncture

  1. Make sure you have something to eat beforehand. …
  2. Avoid any stimulants such as caffeine or alcohol. …
  3. Arrive on time for treatment. …
  4. Turn off your mobile phone. …
  5. Plan your day so you don’t carry out strenuous activity after treatment.
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Is it OK to shower after acupuncture?

After acupuncture, massage, cupping and/or any other type of body work, you should not take a shower or go swimming for 12-24 hours. This allows the treatment to remain in the body undisturbed.

How quickly do you see results from acupuncture?

After two or three sessions, you should start to notice improvements in certain areas. Eventually, you will observe an overall sense of wellness, including your psychological and physical health.

Do you take your bra off for acupuncture?

You will be asked to remove your jeans and given privacy to do so. Large towels or sheets will be used to provide appropriate draping and coverage at all times. After all I want you to feel relaxed, cosy and safe. No sports bra please.

What not to do after acupuncture?

Here’s what to avoid after acupuncture.

  • Strenuous Exercise. You don’t have to avoid exercise altogether, but it would probably be best to slow down a bit. …
  • Caffeine. …
  • Alcohol. …
  • Junk Food. …
  • Ice. …
  • TV and Other Screens.

Does acupuncture hurt first time?

There can be discomfort but the sensations from acupuncture will change after the initial prick and at times, throughout the treatment. Some of the common sensations are: itchiness, heat or warmth, tightening, a dull ache, a muscle twitch, electrical sensation down a body part or static-y feeling.

How do I know acupuncture is working?

Well, you should treat your body the same. When you first start doing acupuncture you’ll notice bodily sensations more acutely, that is to say, you will be more aware of the little things you didn’t notice before and more clued in to how your body is functioning overall. Your senses will be keener and more awakened.

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Does acupuncture really work?

National Institutes of Health (NIH) studies have shown that acupuncture is an effective treatment alone or in combination with conventional therapies to treat the following: Nausea caused by surgical anesthesia and cancer chemotherapy.

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