How to benefit more from Acupuncture (TCM)
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Fill out online intake forms completely.
Our intake form is available online, so you can complete it in the comfort of your home before you arrive at our centre. It’s best to fill out the questionnaire completely and truthfully, as more information is better. The answers to the questions may be critical to your therapy and influence how the acupuncturist approaches the design of your unique treatment plan.
Wear proper clothing for your session.
It is critical to dress appropriately for your acupuncture treatment session. Loose-fitting clothing is often ideal for acupuncture consultations since the practitioner can ensure that the correct points are accessible and addressed.
Avoid Stimulants & Depressants, if possible, for 12h.
Before your appointment, avoid alcohol and drug use, including caffeine. During your session, stimulants and depressants can influence your ability to relax and heal. The recommended time frame is at least 12 hours without ingesting either. Avoid using alcohol or drugs following your session, as your body is still recovering, and we want to promote healing.
Don’t come hungry.
You may feel hungry during your session; therefore, eating a light snack or lunch is recommended before going to your appointment. A snack might help keep your hunger at bay, but watch what you eat because heavy, oily meals can irritate your stomach before or after your session. Remember that acupuncture is a time for relaxation and healing.
Avoid heavy, greasy foods and caffeine.
As noted in #4 above, a modest snack before your consultation is recommended, but avoid fatty or heavy meals. Heavy grease or a large amount of food may cause stomach discomfort during your session, resulting in exceedingly uncomfortable acupuncture treatment. It is also advised to avoid consuming heavy, oily meals or drinks at high temperatures before and after your visit. Clients should avoid caffeine before and after their session because it may affect their session quality.
Don’t brush your tongue for 24h.
It is also common practice not to clean your tongue for 24 hours before your appointment. This request may seem odd, but your tongue’s colour, coating, and texture can assist an acupuncturist in diagnosing.
Do you have other treatments scheduled?
After you’ve scheduled your first appointment, think about any other medical or health-related treatments you might be receiving or considering. When you arrive at your acupuncturist’s office, describe these other treatments so the acupuncturist can assess how they can work together.
Take a few slow deep breaths.
The best advice is to relax once your appointment begins. This helps keep your muscles and nerves relaxed and receptive by relaxing before the needles are inserted. If you are concerned, ask your acupuncturist questions and practise breathing slowly and deeply while focusing on your breath. That should help to relax your mind and nervous system. This is your time of healing, so relax and enjoy the moment!
Relax after your acupuncture treatment.
Acupuncturists advise resting after your appointment to allow the healing process to continue. Drink plenty of fluids and remain warm. Don’t schedule a strenuous workout immediately following an acupuncture appointment. Some people feel at ease and peace. Some folks are pumped. Before doing anything rigorous, see how you respond to the therapies.
Take note of results and provide honest feedback on follow-up visits.
Most acupuncturists are eager to share their knowledge and assist you in managing and alleviating your difficulties. After your initial appointment, take notes about what you liked and disliked about the treatment, the effects, and how you felt later on. This information can aid future sessions by providing vital input for your acupuncturist to alter your treatment plan and assess progress and efficacy. Your acupuncturist is happy to address any issues or queries you may have.
Unlike some experiences with other professionals who rush in and out of the room, scarcely listening to you, many acupuncturists prefer to take the time to listen and tailor treatments to your specific needs.
A One-Of-A-Kind TCM Experience!
For first-time clients, Chinese acupuncture does not have to be scary. With incredible benefits, your appointment can be a positive experience you will never forget. If you’re considering trying acupuncture as a stand-alone treatment, we recommend that it be your practitioner’s core specialty, as some may only have a few introductory courses.
Please see our acupuncture service page for more information on Acupuncture (TCM).