Make the Most of Your Acupuncture Treatments

Acupuncture treatments require a commitment, here are some tips to get the most out of your appointment and protect your investment:

Don’t come in on an empty stomach, but don’t overeat before your appointment

The increase in blood circulation and internal changes that occur during a treatment require calories. If your blood sugar is already low you may experience dizziness or nausea during or after your treatment. This drop in blood sugar can often be enough to require the treatment to be cut short.

Overeating before a treatment will change your pulse, which is a major diagnostic tool that many practitioners base their treatment off of. Additionally, giving your digestive system such a big job just before your treatment may cause the treatment to be one that is entirely focused on helping you to digest that big meal.

Show up on time.

Many patients don’t allow time for traffic or other instances that may make them late for their appointment. This leaves the person feeling anxious and can often take several minutes, if not the entirety, of the treatment to wind down.

Exercise before your visit.

The body works hard to adjust to the balance that it has been given by the acupuncture treatment. Following this balance up with an intense cardio work out that will cause the body temperature to rise, will refocus your body’s attention during the crucial healing time.

Follow lifestyle suggestions

Consider your acupuncturist your teammate on your quest for health. Acupuncture treatments alone will not change your condition. Your body equally, if not more importantly, requires routine, good food choices, proper sleep, exercise and emotional stability.

Abide by your treatment plan

Treatments have a tendency to build upon one another. As your body slowly begins to reveal new changes, your acupuncturist will gain a better understanding of the root cause of your condition. Your treatment plan is designed specifically for you and is based on the practitioner’s clinical experience with your condition. Missing appointments too frequently could leave you at a stand still in your healing process.

Don’t quit cold-turkey.

If your symptoms are gone, great! But, before you decide to stop coming in for treatment, ask your practitioner what they recommend. A few follow up treatments are generally a good idea to make sure that the root cause has been addressed and your symptoms don’t come back. Symptoms usually only manifest when the body is not capable of taking care of something on its own and is asking you for help. Just because the symptoms are gone, does not mean that the body could not benefit from further assistance to achieve true correction.

Say goodbye before you go! If you do get dismissed from treatment or you choose to not use acupuncture as a treatment modality for your needs, let your acupuncturist know! We love our patients and tend to develop a strong rapport due to the amount of time spent together. So let keep in touch and let us know how you are and what you have decided to do.

Come in for maintenance

We all tend to fall into a pattern based on our constitutional deficiencies (stubborn problems we are susceptible to due to our genetics or family history). Come in for a treatment every once in a while (I recommend once every 6 weeks or once as the seasons change) to keep yourself strong. See if your practitioner can pick up anything that needs to be addressed based on your pulse and tongue. Preventative medicine is always the best medicine.