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What Is Acupuncture? Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Updated on February 16, 2016



What Is Acupuncture?

How do you feel when you hear the word "acupuncture"? What type of visions do you have thinking about acupuncture treatments? Does acupuncture hurt? Does it make you feel nervous on account of the thought of discomfort and pain? You would be entirely off target thinking acupuncture would provide you with discomfort. You will undoubtedly encounter pain alleviation from acupuncture, no more discomfort, or pain. Proceed to learned about how acupuncture can take care of your discomfort and pain successfully.

Oprah's First Acupuncture Session

Do Not Expect Instant Results

Do not expect instant results. The genuine effect of acupuncture might not show up until a number of sessions have taken place. Going to the office on one occasion will not be sufficient. So give it a serious amount of time and make all of the needed appointments. Over the path of the treatment procedures, the advantages will begin working.

Acupuncture Needle Design On Patient's Back


Technique Of Acupuncture

Needles are essential to the technique of acupuncture. There won't be any other option, acupuncture implies needles. They will always be around when you are contemplating this treatment method. Make an effort to get yourself ready for needles prior to your appointment, or else you may experience stress and anxiety.

Don't Assume Instant Outcomes

Don't assume instant outcomes. While many people have good results with only just one appointment, a lot of other people will need to go several times to obtain positive benefits. If you don't sense any difference following the initial treatment method, do not get worried. Keep in mind relief will happen. Show a little determination, and allow your treatments some time and effort to work.

No Tips Are Required

You aren't required to tip your acupuncturist. Acupuncturists are much like a medical professional, like a medical doctor as opposed to beauticians. Tips are not normally provided in this field of healthcare, so don't feel compelled.

Perform Some Research

Prior to deciding to choose a local acupuncturist, perform some research. As with all professions, the acupuncture industry has great providers and poor providers. Take a look at testimonials, look at them on the internet, and make contact with the Better Business Bureau to find out about any case documents. The more time you devote, the more pleased you will end up with your eventual selection.

A licensed acupuncturist places five tiny-single-use needles on each ear.


How Long Are Acupuncture Sessions?

Learn beforehand, just how long your session will last. They generally operate from a half-hour to as long as an hour or so. Try not to make plans when you have finished with your appointment. You will need to go home for some relaxation time after your appointment.

To help to get the full benefit of your treatments, after your appointment, put aside some time to relax. Try not to get involved in any exercise or physical work. Make sure you get to sleep at the appropriate time so you'll be able to rest fully.

Effective Treatment

In order for your treatment to be effective you will have to clear your time just before, during and following your acupuncture procedure. Your body requires total relaxation to be able to support your therapies in rebuilding your body and mind. You should really permit yourself to sleep eight complete hours following treatment.

Treating A Patient With Acupuncture


Acupuncture Treatment

Some patients have said that they felt worse following getting acupuncture treatments. Surprisingly, this is often an indicator of restorative healing. It might be worse for a short time, however, they will get much better at some point in time. Therefore, should you begin feeling worse, call your acupuncturist. Your body may very well be trying to repair itself; for that reason, it is likely you will need to stick it out for a longer period so you are able to see whether you improve.

Acupuncture Therapy to Relieve Stress and Sinus Issues

Seasonal Acupuncture Treatments

There also are seasonal acupuncture treatments to try out. When seasons change, our bodies change also. This change may cause your body to become out of balance and may even bring about health issues. As an example, because in the fall season, it will begin to turn cold, you may possibly encounter breathing or respiratory challenges. Acupuncture can help your lungs tremendously during the fall season. Request recommendations and suggestions from your acupuncturist, and then these treatment options can be included in your appointments.

Bring Items To Your Acupuncture Treatment

Rest your body and spirit during your treatment procedures. Remove interruptions during your appointment. You can tune into some relaxing and soothing music, as long as it will not cause you to be distracted. You may also end up falling asleep during these painless acupuncture treatments. Bring items to your acupuncture treatment that will relax your body and mind. You can bring a Compact disc with soft tunes, your favorite pillow or even a blanket. It is advisable to get the most from each and every treatment. Bring whatever you have to reach that goal.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Acupuncture may perhaps hurt a small amount, even so the discomfort is really short-lived. If one particular needle really is painful and the pain won't go away, inform your practitioner promptly. The needle could hit a nerve meridian. In case you are experiencing pain, the needle must be taken out immediately.

Selecting A Acupuncturists

When selecting between some acupuncturists, inquire further about what they specialize in. A number of acupuncturists specialize in pain management; on the other hand, others may possibly specialize in serious conditions like cancer and diabetic issues. You need to find somebody who specializes in the difficulties you're having.

People Try Acupuncture Therapy • The Test Friends

Plan For Treatment

Don't be surprised should your acupuncturist requests to see your tongue. The acupuncturist will establish the flow of your body energy by examining the pulse in your tongue. They will also be checking for the stress levels and heart rate. Your plan for treatment can be accomplished by making use of this information.



Initial Treatment Procedure

You may possibly be surprised to find yourself crying while having your initial treatment procedure. An emotional release is not really unusual during an acupuncture session. This suggests that your treatment method is actually successful. You may be surprised, but feel comfortable knowing that your acupuncturist will not be surprise.

Lessen Your Stress And Anxiety

Take with you something that will provide you with comfort. A pillow is a great item to bring simply because it will enable you to relax. This will help to lessen your stress and anxiety, which can help provide you with the most effective treatment method. Be sure that your acupuncturist will allow you to bring items in your room.

Acupuncture Demonstration and Benefits

In Summary

In summary, acupuncture is not the most painful thing on the earth. It is quite frequently used to treat pain. It is very important to keep this in mind when preparing your initial visit to the acupuncturist's office. You should give acupuncture an opportunity and you will more than likely get great results right away.


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    • Oztinato profile image


      2 years ago from Australia

      It works that's the main thing.

    • DebraHargrove profile imageAUTHOR

      Debra Hargrove 

      2 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you for your input. I like acupuncture I guess it takes some getting use to. Now the one time was not very pleasant but it is very beneficial for so many ailments.

    • Oztinato profile image


      2 years ago from Australia

      I have had acupuncture many times and it always hurts a lot like a nerve pain. It's hell but it works. The Chinese people I know personally all rarely or never have acupuncture done as traditionally it's only used in extreme cases. They all tell me it hurts like hell and if it doesn't that means it's not working. According to them that intense nerve pain actually means they've hit the right spot. Chinese people tell me that the Western people use it much more than their traditional culture and that it appears to be more of a fashion.

      Without the intense nerve pain the rest could be put down to the placebo effect.


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