Acupuncture is a widespread and highly popular type of alternative medicine developed from traditional Chinese medicine where very thin needles are meticulously inserted into different parts of the body through the skin. The points on the body where the needles are inserted are believed to stimulate an individual’s nervous system with the goal of releasing certain chemicals (such as endorphins, norepinephrine, and enkephalin) into the brain, spinal cord, and muscles. The release of these “painkiller-like” chemicals stimulates the body’s natural ability to heal itself and promotes physical and emotional wellness.

There are many benefits of receiving acupuncture treatment:

  • Reduces stress
  • Reduces back, neck, and joint pain
  • Relieves headaches
  • Reduces eye strain
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Increases energy and mental clarity
  • Provides digestive and allergy relief
  • Reduces addictive cravings
  • Treats repetitive stress injuries

Now that you’re aware of what acupuncture is and all of the amazing benefits that come with it, here are a few things to know before your first appointment:

  • Acupuncture treats more than pain, it also helps with various other ailments such as the common cold and stomach viruses, emotional stress, cancer, skin diseases, neurological disorders, infertility, gout, etc.
  • It’s advisable to eat something before your appointment because, without any substance in your stomach, you may experience dizziness or fainting
  • No need to get completely naked for your appointment, but it’s more convenient if you choose looser fitting clothing
  • You may be asked to show your tongue or have your pulse checked because these can be indicators of how your internal organs are performing, which your acupuncturist will want to know in order to give you the best treatment
  • Expect to answer some personal questions regarding your physical and mental health
  • Besides needles, your acupuncturist may also use pressure, cupping, moxibustion, and/or Chinese herbs
  • Usually, more than just one session is needed to feel the results you’re looking for