Tips & Advice while undergoing acupuncture
Below are a number of tips for obtaining an optimal effect during your session or treatments.
A light meal as a base
During the treatment, your body needs (extra) energy to allow and process the changes that are triggered by the placing of the needles. By eating a light meal one to two hours in advance, you enable your body to do this. A light meal can be something like a cheese sandwich or a cup of soup with a sandwich. Treatment on a full stomach or when feeling hungry is generally not beneficial.
Try to relax as much as possible during the session. This way your body will be more able to heal and direct the energy more easily where needed.
To prevent discomfort during treatment, we advise you to empty your bladder before you get on the table. It can be very distracting when you get urge to go to the toilet and it probably will prevent you to relax.
You might feel qi sensation when one of the classical acupuncture points is punctured. This is a very normal reaction. You will then feel locally a nagging or heavy feeling sensation. This feeling usually disappears within a few seconds. In some cases it takes a little longer. If you think this applies to you, you can always report this to the acupuncturist.
Are you afraid of needles? Then there is still the possibility to receive acupuncture treatment. A great alternative to needles is the LaserNeedle. LaserNeedle is based on laser technology, where a soft non-invasive laser light is placed at the acupuncture point. Stimulation by laser needles is as effective as regular needles and completely pain-free.
No Side Effects
Apart from a good feeling of drowsiness or a dose of energy immediately after treatment, there are no other side effects to acupuncture treatment.
What your acupuncturist should always know before starting a treatment:
- Are you pregnant or having your period?;
- Are you diabetic?;
- Do you have a contagious disease?;
- Do you have a pacemaker?
It is important to always inform your acupuncturist about this.