Most people find acupuncture treatments to be very relaxing. If possible, schedule your visit for a time when you will be able to relax afterwards instead of fitting the visit into an already hectic day. Avoid wearing heavy perfume or makeup and avoid wearing tight clothes to your appointment.
The acupuncture needles used are very fine and thin. They can be likened to a mosquito bite rather than a shot. Almost every part of the body has acupuncture points, but those areas most commonly used are the arms and legs. The treatment itself lasts about 20 – 30 minutes. You may also have moxa or electro-stimulation applied to a few key acupuncture points.
Moxa involves heat applied to certain key acupuncture points to stimulate circulation to the area. This is done with a “cigar” filled with an herb. The moxa is held over the acupuncture points (without touching) until warmth is felt.
Another method used to augment acupuncture is electro-stimulation. This produces a kind of tapping sensation at the point and is not painful.
There are a few guidelines to follow the day of your acupuncture treatment. First, you should drink plenty of fluids to help flush out toxins that have been released. Cold liquids with ice should be avoided. You may find yourself feeling a little “spacey” or clumsy afterwards and this is normal. Sexual intercourse the day of your first treatment should be avoided.