Acupuncture is considered as a complimentary therapy and can be undertaken with treatments from most other health disciplines and most medications. It integrates well with conventional medicine. However it is advisable to tell your doctor you are planning to have acupuncture treatment.
Generally there are no side effects, however some people may feel a little drowsy or tired after treatment. If affected you are advised not to drive until the feeling has passed. It is also worth noting that with all skin piercing, it is possible to experience minor bruising or bleeding.
The number of treatments required to address initial health complaints varies from one individual to the next according to one’s diagnosis, the general state of their well-being, their lifestyle and overarching goals. Typically, longer-standing conditions take longer to treat. Some change is usually felt within the first several treatments and improves as the course of treatment progresses. However occasionally symptoms may disappear within the first couple of visits.
Initially, it is best to commit to a course of around 6 weekly treatments to kick start your body’s own healing and help re-establish the balance of your energies. Some patients do not need to complete the course but benefits generally are cumulative and last longer with repeated visits. Some people then decide to continue regular treatment monthly or even seasonally to maintain their robustness.
While acupuncture mainly uses very thin needles (much finer than those to give an injection) to regulate the body’s system, there are other means of treatment too. A dried herbal mix called moxa is burned to warm, relax and nourish the system; cups can also be applied directly to the skin with suction to draw out chills, calm spasms and increase circulation.