What not to do before acupuncture

Do not drink coffee for at least two hours before your acupuncture treatment. Because it is a stimulant, coffee increases your body’s fight-or-flight response, something which acupuncture seeks to lessen.

What do you need to know about acupuncture?

He/she might need to remove the needle and insert it in a slightly different place. The acupuncturist may insert up to 20 different needles at various points, though the first treatment may have fewer. Lie still. Close your eyes. Relax. Visualize the areas of pain or problems, and how they must improve. You should soon feel absolutely nothing.

Can you have coffee before acupuncture?

That is not to say that coffee is never your friend, but coffee is not your friend immediately before acupuncture. If you have a morning appointment and can’t go without your morning cup, do what you have to do. But if you’re going for acupuncture later in the day, avoid coffee for at least two hours before.

Should I eat before an acupuncture appointment?

Everyone metabolizes food at different rates, so adjust as you see fit, but a good guideline is to eat about two hours before an acupuncture appointment. You don’t want to show up really full, or after having eaten something heavy, fried or spicy, but do not go for acupuncture on an empty stomach.

Should you rush after an acupuncture appointment?

Don’t rush. Even when we schedule wisely, there is still a tendency to leave at the last minute for appointments. This makes most appointments more stressful than they need to be, but especially with acupuncture, arriving at your appointment amped-up is counter productive.

What is the definition of acupuncture?

What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is the practice of penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles which are then activated through gentle and specific movements of the practitioner’s hands or with electrical stimulation. Acupuncture is part of the ancient practice of Traditional Chinese medicine.

What are the health benefits of acupuncture?

Acupuncture is said to be useful in addressing a variety of health conditions, including: Anxiety Arthritis Chronic pain (such as headaches, back pain, neck pain) Depression Insomnia Migraines Nausea Sciatica Sinus congestion Stress and anxiety Tinnitus Weight loss

How does acupuncture feel?

Most people report feeling minimal pain as the needle is inserted. The needle is inserted to a point that produces a sensation of pressure or ache. Needles may be heated during the treatment or mild electric current may be applied to them. Some people report acupuncture makes them feel energized.

What is acupuncture and how does it work?

In contrast, many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. Some believe that this stimulation boosts your body’s natural painkillers. Acupuncture is used mainly to relieve discomfort associated with a variety of diseases and conditions, including: