Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has been practiced for thousands of years to promote health and well-being. If you are considering acupuncture for the first time, it is natural to feel a bit unsure about what to expect. At Health in Flow Chinese Medicine, please allow up to one and a half hours for your first appointment as it is a very comprehensive session.
Before the Treatment
Before your treatment, your acupuncturist will ask you questions about your medical history, current symptoms, and any medications or supplements you are taking. This information will help them to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs.
Your acupuncturist may also examine your tongue and take your pulse to gather additional information about your health. This is a standard part of TCM diagnosis and helps the acupuncturist to understand the state of your body’s energy (or Qi) and how it is flowing.
During the Treatment
You don’t need to wear anything specific during the treatment as towels will be used to drape over you. You will lie down on a comfortable table, and your acupuncturist will insert very thin, sterile needles into specific points on your body. You may feel a slight sensation as the needle is inserted, but it should not be painful.
Once the needles are inserted, your acupuncturist may gently manipulate them to help stimulate the flow of Qi. You may feel a slight tingling or heaviness around the needle as a result of this manipulation. Your acupuncturist may also use heat or mild electrical stimulation to further promote the flow of Qi. You are then left to relax for about 20 minutes to let the needles and your body do their work.
After the Treatment
After the treatment, you may feel relaxed and calm. Some people also report feeling energised or invigorated. It is important to drink plenty of water and avoid strenuous activity for a few hours after the treatment.
Your acupuncturist may also recommend additional therapies, such as Chinese herbal medicine, dietary changes, or lifestyle modifications, to further support your health and well-being.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective form of TCM that can be used to treat a wide range of health conditions. Your acupuncturist will work with you to create a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs. By understanding what to expect at your first acupuncture treatment, you can approach the experience with confidence and fully reap the benefits of this ancient healing practice.