Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), considered holistic healthcare used in China for thousands of years. This type of alternative treatment method focuses on the natural healing capabilities of our body.
According to research conducted at the University of Maryland Medical Centre, the main goal of acupuncture is to balance the patient’s mind and body by using thin, sterile needles that are inserted into the skin on various acupoints throughout the body. These acupoints are commonly known as meridians, and triggering these points can bring harmony to our qi.
What you need to do first before trying acupuncture
It is essential to do some research and ask for recommendations from people who have tried it before. You can also search several acupuncture clinics in your area through the internet. Check these clinics’ websites and social media pages to learn more about the practitioner, their areas of interest and experience.
Your first visit to an acupuncturist
At your first visit, it is essential to ask any pressing questions and share all relevant information, especially concerning your health and wellbeing. For example, it is important to share any conditions or symptoms you are having, including issues with your reproductive or digestive health. The practitioner will ask you about your condition and conduct a thorough check-up as this will provide them an overview of your pain and other health concerns. The acupuncturist will ask about your eating and sleeping habits, emotional wellbeing, medical history and general health condition. They could even ask you about your past pregnancies or menstrual cycle. This is also the time when the acupuncturist will set their treatment plan.
The assessment phase of the treatment will involve several activities, which include checking your pulse, appearance of your tongue, and a quick and thorough physical examination. After your assessment, the practitioner will recommend a personalised treatment based on their diagnosis and your current health concerns.
They may provide you with a plan about lifestyle and dietary changes. It is important for you to consider all recommendations. Making these changes could have a huge impact on the success of your acupuncture treatments.
Your first acupuncture treatment
For your first treatment, it’s recommended to wear loose clothing that will allow you to move freely and have easy access to your upper arms and lower legs. However, you can always remove tight clothing and be covered with a towel. You also may want to eat a light meal beforehand because sometimes it is hard to relax when your stomach is full or when you are hungry.