What knowledge do you have on acupuncture? When someone mentions it, many people think of various needles that are sticking out of the skin. You may be surprised to learn that acupuncture offers a number of benefits. However, there are things you should keep an eye out for also. Continue reading this article if you’d like to know what this therapy can help you with.
You should find out if your acupuncturist is NCCAOM certified before you set an appointment. This national board certifies practitioners that have completed a national exam and full program. It doesn’t say anything about whether their sessions are painful or not, but it does mention their educational level describing how many hours were spent in school and if they did any supervised internships at their school’s clinic.
It may be something that seems painful, but really it’s not. The needles, which are nothing like the typical needles you will see at the doctor’s office, are very thin. From a foot or so away, you would probably have a problem even seeing the needles. The treatments can be very relaxing, regardless of the very slight amount of discomfort they may initially cause.
It is always best to ask a few questions to the acupuncturists you are interested in before scheduling an appointment. You need to ask if the acupuncturist is certified by the NCCAOM. The only way to get this certification is to earn a medical degree and do an acupuncture internship.
To make your acupuncture benefits last longer, remember to eat before a treatment. Eating puts energy into your body, and your body will need that energy to reap all the benefits of your treatment. If you go to a session hungry, your body will utilize the stored energy it has, rather than saving that to facilitate your healing process.
If a conventional doctor has given you prescription drugs, you need to write them all down prior to your acupuncture session. That allows them to understand your needs better.
Make sure that you practice good hygiene on the day of your acupuncture appointment. If you attend an appointment without properly cleansing your skin, there is a chance that you can get an infection when the needles are inserted. Shower as close to your appointment time as you can to decrease this risk.
Don’t expect to 100% understand what an acupuncturist is talking about, but do ask for explanations when you are lost. Acupuncture is an Eastern style holistic approach to medicine. It’s quite different from what Westerners are used to, and the lingo can be a lot to take in. If you’re lost, stop and ask questions.
During your first treatment, breathe and relax. This obviously is a treatment that involves needles. Your body may be tensing up in unexpected ways. Just do yourself a favor and breathe deep. Let go of your tensions, and trust in your acupuncturist to do the right things for you.
It is our sincere hope that you are now well prepared to face your first acupuncture appointment. An acupuncture appointment should be comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable. With this knowledge in hand, you are ready to enjoy.