Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture
Who can benefit from acupuncture treatments?
Anyone with a health concern who wants to get better, or who wants to prevent future health problems benefits from acupuncture treatments.
What does acupuncture feel like?
There are two sensations with each acupuncture point. The first sensation is felt when the needle meets the skin. Because acupuncture needles are so thin, this only feels like a mosquito bite, if you feel it at all. The second sensation is one we call “qi” (CHEE). The qi sensation can feel like a short electric burst, or it could feel warming or cooling, and sometimes it may make your body parts feel heavy and distant. Qi can be felt during your treatment in waves, or just at the insertion time of the needles. These sensations mean your treatment is working.
How long will it take to feel better?
Most people find relief within minutes of placing the needles. Others find more relief later that day, or even the 2nd or 3rd day. Generally, with every treatment you will have less pain or symptoms, and it will take longer for the pain/symptoms to return between sessions. I like to do a series of 4 treatments within 2 weeks to see how each person responds to acupuncture. Each session builds upon the last and makes changes to your body. It is important to give acupuncture time to work, especially if you are experiencing a chronic condition.
What can I do to help myself between treatments?
Drink water! Most people I see are dehydrated. This can cause pain and other symptoms by itself. Eat healthy food. Grocery shop along the edges of the store and avoid processed foods. Do gentle exercises like Tai Chi or yoga. Walking is wonderful for circulation. I do not recommend you do intense workouts that are hard on the body, such as running.
What is best to do before and after acupuncture?
Always eat within 2 hours of coming to your acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture moves blood and energy, and it is important to eat so that you have energy to move. After your treatment, you may notice you are more sensitive to caffeine and sugar. Avoid these and take it easy. Sometimes, people feel so great after a treatment, they completely overdo it. Do not go home and clean your whole house and garage because you feel so good, or you will be sore and in pain the next day!
What is best to wear to an acupuncture treatment?
Wear clothing that is comfortable, and easy to push up over your knees and elbows. I recommend layers that include a tank top, in case we need to reach the shoulder points. Sweat pants are always a better choice than yoga pants because they are not restrictive when pushed up over the knees.