During your first office visit, the practitioner may ask you at length about your health condition, lifestyle, and behavior. The practitioner will want to obtain a complete picture of your treatment needs and behaviors that may contribute to your condition. Inform the acupuncturist about all treatments or medications you are taking and all medical conditions you have.
Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid, and hair-thin. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Some people feel energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed. Improper needle placement, movement of the patient, or a defect in the needle can cause soreness and pain during treatment. This is why it is important to seek treatment from a qualified acupuncture practitioner.
Treatment may take place over a period of several weeks or more.
What are the benefits of acupuncture?
In a national survey of acupuncture patients the following acupuncture facts regarding benefits were revealed:
90% reported “disappearance” or “improvement” of symptoms after treatment. 91% said they were “extremely” or “very” satisfied with their acupuncture practitioner. Patients regularly report positive subjective reports of improved sleep, better energy, and a heightened sense of well-being.
In the United States, acupuncture is slowly gaining acceptance by the medical establishment. In 1979 the World Health Organization recognized the use of acupuncture in the treatment of the following medical conditions:
- Poor vision
- Muscle pain/weakness
- Back and neck pain
- Muscle cramping
- Postoperative pain
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Abdominal Pain
- Common cold
- Menopausal symptoms
- Chronic fatigue
- Stress reduction
- High blood pressure
- Athletic performance
What about the cost of treatment?
In a national survey of acupuncture patients the following acupuncture facts regarding cost were revealed:
- 70% said they avoided surgery.
- 84% said they saw their Medical Doctors less often.
- 58% said they saw their psychotherapists less often.
- 78% said they used fewer prescription drugs.
- Patients say acupuncture costs about 60% as much as “western” medical care.
What to Do/What NOT to Do in Preparation for Your Acupuncture Treatment:
Avoid stimulants; caffeine, sugar, etc.
Avoid heavy meals, especially prior to or right after treatment.
Avoid getting treated on an empty stomach, if dehydrated or same-day sunburned.
It is best to keep a peaceful frame of mind. Focus on the results you want.
Drink water, eat moderate amounts of healthy food choices and get sufficient rest.
It is best to avoid over-stimulation both prior to and after a treatment; hot baths, sex and extremely stressful situations.
Having said all this, simply keep your practitioner informed if you have any concerns about whether you should receive a treatment or not. Combinations of the above, may further complicate or interfere with the success of your acupuncture treatment.