Acupuncture 101: 4 Things First-Timers Should Know

Acupuncture is quickly becoming a popular choice for treating a variety of ailments. Whether you are looking to lose weight, quit smoking, or reduce chronic pain, acupuncture is an effective option. If you haven't undergone acupuncture before, you might be wondering what to expect. Fortunately, with these four tips, you will know exactly what to expect and how to prepare for your first acupuncture session:

1. Eat Before Your Session

You might think it best you go to your session on an empty stomach, but it isn't. If you don't eat before your appointment, you might feel a little dizzy or nauseated during or after it. So ideally, eat something before you head to your appointment. It doesn't need to be a large meal, but you should have something in your stomach so you don't feel sick afterwards.

2. Wear Loose Clothing

Unlike a massage appointment, you won't be required to undress. So to make it easy for your acupuncturist to reach any areas they need, you should wear comfortable and loose clothing. Pajamas, sweat pants, or a loose shirt are all great options. You could also wear a dress. Whatever you are comfortable in, just make sure you can easily roll up sleeves and leg pants so that the acupuncturist can reach any areas they need to see.

 3. Be Open and Honest

Just like a doctor, your acupuncturist will need to know everything about your personal life and habits. So if they ask any questions, answer them honestly. They might ask about sexual habits, bowel movements, menstruation, or your diet. While you might feel a little embarrassed answering these questions, you don't need to. Remember, these people are professionals and they are trying to help you.

4. It Won't Hurt

Although acupuncture does involve needs, it's usually painless. The needles they use are very thin, usually the size of a few strands of hair. So while you might feel a small prick, you shouldn't be in any pain through the duration of the treatment. If you do experience any pain, be sure to speak up and let your acupuncturist know. They can readjust the needles so that you do not experience any pain.

If you are thinking about undergoing acupuncture therapy, keep these four things in mind. Additionally, be sure to talk to your acupuncturist for further information. There may be additional tips or things you should know before your first appointment.