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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We recommend wearing loose, comfortable clothing to receive acupuncture treatment. You should be aware that the acupuncturist may need to access points on your torso, arms and legs. Try to arrive 5 or 10 minutes before your appointment to give yourself a chance to relax. Try to avoid the following:
- Eating a big meal within one hour of your appointment
- Fasting for more than six hours before your appointment
- Alcohol, tobacco, food or drinks that color your tongue (such as coffee) immediately prior to treatment or just following a treatment
- Vigorous exercise within the hour before treatment
Length, number and frequency of sessions vary. For most conditions, a series of several sessions may be necessary to achieve the maximum benefit. After an initial consultation, the acupuncturist should provide you with a treatment plan that includes the techniques to be used, as well as the frequency and duration of treatment.
A typical series of sessions consists of 6 to 8 visits, once or twice a week, with sessions lasting 30 to 90 minutes each. Acute conditions, such as sprains, generally require less time and frequency, whereas more chronic or severe ailments may require several sessions. Appointments are scheduled further and further apart after the optimal response has been achieved. Some people experience great benefits from weekly or monthly sessions.
The length of acupuncture sessions varies depending on your condition. Typically, your first visit will be longer than your subsequent visits. Sessions can be as short as 30 minutes to as long as two hours.
Patients normally feel relaxed and calm. You may feel tired or drowsy for a few hours if the experience is particularly strong. You may also experience a short-term flair-up of symptoms during the initial healing process which is completely normal. After a session, it is a good idea to sit quietly and relax. A gentle walk or very mild exercise can also be helpful. Avoid big meals, vigorous exercise, alcohol and stressful situations. Full effects take place 24-48 hours after treatment.
To explore the answer to this question, we should look at how and why the treatment works and what the treatment is supposed to do to help health.
Acupuncture and cupping are forms of traditional Chinese medicine that is becoming more widespread as a treatment for both chronic and acute pain. This technique is over 2,500 years old and involves inserting hair-thin needles into specific points on the body to release qi (energy) that has stagnated and caused pain or illness. The treatment unblocks these areas of the body and allows energy to flow better throughout.
Because of the small size of the needle, acupuncture should not induce a painful reaction. While you may experience various sensations, the feeling of pain is not normally one of them. Also, cupping is very pleasant and relaxing for most people. The slight bruising goes away within 2-4 days.
The needle being inserted shouldn’t feel much worse than a mosquito bite. She describes the five most common sensations you will likely feel with acupuncture or cupping as:
- Heaviness: The needle can feel like a weight being placed on your body.
- Achiness: A throbbing sensation can sometimes occur but usually dissipates quickly.
- Electricity: You may feel a small jolt or a zap like an electric shock as the needles are inserted.
- Tingling: There may be a light tingling sensation at the insertion site or throughout the body like you might experience when your foot or hand falls asleep.
- Warmness: A pleasantly warm feeling may flood your body as the needles or cups are used.
No one has ever died from acupuncture applied by a trained and licensed practitioner. Not a bad track record when you consider that the medicine is guesstimated to be more than 2,500 years old. Needles generally cause no bleeding or pain, and the needles used are disposable. Licensed Acupuncturists are trained in exact location, angle as well as depth of insertion of the acupuncture needle to avoid any injuries.