1.) Acupuncture treats more than just pain.
Acupuncturists find it unfortunate when patients cancel appointments because they are sick. Not only can acupuncture help treat the common cold and stomach viruses, it is helpful for a wide variety of issues including mental and emotional stress, cancer, skin diseases, neurological disorders, infertility, childbirth, and gout to name a few.
2.) Eat a little something before your treatment.
An important thing to remember is that you should eat a little something within a few hours before treatment. It isn’t necessary to have a full meal, but at least a snack can help your body have enough energy to maximize the treatment’s potential. Receiving acupuncture on an empty stomach may lead to lightheadedness, dizziness or even fainting.
3.) 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. However, they do recommend wearing loose clothing so that sleeves can be rolled up above the elbows and pant legs can be pulled up above the knees.
4.) You may be asked to show your tongue or have your pulse taken.
Acupuncturists are interested in the state of your internal organs, and using these methods they can determine the best treatment for you. Also, just like reflexology on the hands and feet, different areas of the tongue and radial pulse correspond to different organ systems of the body.
5.) Expect to answer some private questions.
In addition to physical examination, most acupuncturists will question you about various topics regarding your health and lifestyle. Often, these questions will include asking for detailed descriptions of your bowel movements, urination, and menstruation for women. The more details you’re able to give, the better their diagnosis and the better the treatment.
6.) Acupuncture needles are much thinner than hypodermic needles.
If the thought of needles turns you off, keep in mind that acupuncture needles are about the width of two to three strands of hair and are actually quite flexible. Often people are surprised how little they feel both at insertion and after they are in place. In fact, it is not uncommon for patients to take a nap while on the table.
7.) Acupuncturist do not reuse needles
If you are getting treated in the United States, the needles your acupuncturist uses on you have never been used on other patients. This means there is virtually no chance you will contract a disease from receiving acupuncture and because the needles are made of very thin and flexible surgical grade stainless steel means no pain.
8.) Acupuncturists use more than needles.
Though needles may be their main tool, most acupuncturists have learned a variety of other therapies falling under the label of “Chinese Medicine” such as acupressure (pressure instead of needles over acupuncture points), cupping (suction of the skin), Moxibustion (heating of the skin), Chinese herbs or Qi Gong (energy healing). Depending on their training, your diagnosis, and your comfort level, you may get more than just needles at your visit.
9.) One treatment is often not enough to cure what ails you.
Everyone’s responds different to acupuncture. Some people have immediate relief after just one treatment however, to keep this relief they may needs a few more. While others need a few treatment before they have relief. Your acupuncturist will most likely recommend subsequent treatments. Some insurance plans have added acupuncture to their list of services, so be sure to check with your insurance provider if acupuncture is something they reimburse.