Some people lack the capability to actually help themselves. We know that we’re not well and do not know where to go. We talk to our doctor, but some conditions just aren’t easy to treat or aren’t even touched on by mainstream medicine. If you are in search of a natural solution, an acupuncturist can help you.
You should find out if your acupuncturist is NCCAOM certified before you set an appointment. This national board certifies practitioners that have completed a national exam and full program. It doesn’t say anything about whether their sessions are painful or not, but it does mention their educational level describing how many hours were spent in school and if they did any supervised internships at their school’s clinic.
The needles used for acupuncture do not hurt. You might think that you are going to experience pain, but this is not true. These needles are nothing like the needles used for injections or blood draws. They are so tiny, you will barely feel them being inserted into your skin.
Make sure the acupuncturist you go to performs painless acupuncture. Painless treatments are very popular in the U.S. but pain can actually play a part in relieving your stress or treating your health problem. You should not try these treatments until you know more about acupuncture and are ready to try a more advanced treatment.
Make sure you don’t rush off to your appointments. When you’re having an acupuncture session, you want to be in a relaxed state of mind. Aim to get to your appointment about 15 to 20 minutes early. This way, if any last minute delays crop up, they won’t be a big source of stress.
If anything makes you uncomfortable during your appointment, ask your practitioner not to do it again. Your doctor will be able to use an alternative technique. Needles can be heated or even mildly electrified. Feel free to speak up if you find hot acupuncture needles uncomfortable.
While acupuncture is considered a very safe procedure, there can be some minor side effects following treatment. It may cause a worsening of the original symptoms in some cases. This is usually temporary. The treatment may also bring on headaches, fatigue, lightheadedness or nausea. These side effects usually disappear quickly.
You should never go to an acupuncture appointment on an empty stomach. Have a small meal or a healthy snack two hours before your appointment. If you often feel lightheaded during or after your treatment, eat more before your appointment and bring some snacks with you so you can eat as soon as the treatment is over.
You should not drink coffee before an acupuncture treatment. Coffee has stimulation properties and will make it hard for you to relax during your treatment. Your acupuncturist will have a hard time measuring your pulse if you drink coffee. If possible, wait until after your appointment to have some coffee.
Acupuncture is effective against a wide variety of maladies ranging from headache to backache to heartburn and more. The fact that you are reading this information indicates that you are prepared to move forward. Find someone close by that you can trust.