Forearm resting on a table during an acupuncture session with needles sticking out of it.

Things You Should Know Before Your First Acupuncture Session

Even with acupuncture becoming more of the norm, many first-timers do not know how to prepare themselves for their very first time. Knowing what to do to get your body ready for the clinic will make sure you benefit as much as you can from the treatment.

 Eat something before your acupuncture session

Getting a session can affect your body causing dizziness and it even increases the possibility of a patient fainting. It is important to get a full meal in before you leave because that could help you get through the session with the amount of energy necessary.

Cartoon drawing of acupuncture session with lady in red dress standing next to patient lying face down on bed with orange wallpaper.

Wear loose clothes

While getting an acupuncture session, you may have to roll up your top or have certain small portions of your skin exposed. Unlike a massage, you do not need to take off your clothing since only a small area of your body will need to be used for the session. Because of this loose clothing could be the perfect middle ground.

Be ready with answers

The more your acupuncturist knows about your medical history, the better the treatment will go and you will be benefitted more because of it. Each individual is different and so is each clinic. Your needs from the acupuncture session can only be targeted if your history, medical and otherwise is made known. You may have to answer some personal questions but it will help in the end since you will get better results.

Man's head lying on pillow during acupuncture session with needles sticking out of his ear.

It really does not hurt

A lot of first-timers walk into the clinic dreading what is to come because they are envisioning themselves being pricked by a million needles at a time. You need to understand that the width of the needles used during a session is around as thick as a hair strand. It is not going to feel like multiple injections all over your body so you need to stop convincing yourself it is. A lot of times patients will even fall asleep because they can barely feel it.

You are going to have to go back

Consistency is key when it comes to acupuncture and because it is such a non-invasive practice, it is going to take more than a few pricks to give you the results you are looking for. It is a relaxing treatment that does not rely on hormones but those benefits mean that you are going to need more than one session for it to work. At the end of it though, the results will last longer and you won’t have to rely on medication or other unnatural methods.

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