Acupuncture is largely becoming one of the widely, trusted and used a form of alternative or complementary therapy to western medicine in several parts of the world. But the problem is that many first time users or beginners are not aware of what to expect in an acupuncture therapy session. This is, therefore, the reason why some people decide never to try any of the therapies simply because of “the fear of the unknown”.
The following are 7 important tips about Acupuncture all beginners must be aware of before making their first visit.
Don’t Go For A session On An Empty Stomach
First and foremost, before going for acupuncture therapy, you should ensure that you have eaten something that can sustain you for the rest of the therapy so as to help your body produce enough energy to maximize the treatment’s potential. Hence, you are encouraged to take something within a few hours before the treatment. Failure to do so, you may not get the full benefits.
Acupuncture Treats More Than Just Pain
According to the World Health Organization, the use of acupuncture can effectively help treat a wide variety of health conditions i.e. cancer, neurological disorders, skin diseases and many more. Therefore, this proves the point that acupuncture treats more than just pain from common colds, aches, and stomach viruses.
No Clothes During An Acupuncture Session
The other important thing you need to know about is the fact that, for you to receive acupuncture, you need to take off all your clothes just like you would for a massage. This is because; your acupuncturist needs to access every part of your body. However, some acupuncturists recommend their clients to put on loose clothing, which can be pulled up rather than removing them.
Acupuncture-Needles Are Much Thinner
It is also important to note that acupuncture needles are about the width of two to three strands of hair and thus much thinner than hypodermic needles. Therefore, just in case you have a phobia with needles, these needles are quite flexible and thus, there little or no pain at all during insertion.
Acupuncturists Don’t Re-use Needles
In acupuncture, your health comes first, and this is the reason why professional acupuncturists don’t reuse the needles on their patients. If you are in the United States, for instance, you should be assured that the needles used during your therapy treatment have never been used in any other person. Hence, you should never worry about getting infected.
A Single Treatment Isn’t Enough To Cure
Before going for your first acupuncture therapy, it is important to note that going just for one therapy won’t heal whatever diseases you are ailing from. Instead, you should be prepared to pay more and more visits for you to feel the real its effect. Hence your acupuncturist will recommend the number of visits you should make depending on your health conditions.
Expect Somewhat Embarrassing Questions
The other important thing you should expect during an acupuncture therapy is an endless list of questions, some of which may be embarrassing. Most acupuncturists will question you on various topics regarding health and lifestyle, for instance, your bowel movement, menstruation, and urination so as to help them give an effective treatment.
These are the 7 important things you should take note of before going for your first acupuncture therapy treatment. These tips are meant to prepare you more so your mind on the things you should expect so that they don’t come as a surprise.