Most of us are familiar with the term “acupuncture”, but how many people really know what it is? More than just a pain relief technique, acupuncture has been used for centuries for many things, including anxiety, depression and even weight loss. This article will teach you more about acupuncture, and you might even choose to try it for yourself.
Talk to your insurance provider before setting your acupuncture appointment. Some insurance policies don’t cover alternative treatments like acupuncture. Other times, they’ll cover only certain types. Also ask your practitioner which insurance plans they accept so you are not hit with a sizable bill you had not expected.
Avoid eating a lot before an acupuncture session. Smaller meals are good for preventing nausea or lightheadedness, but full meals should be avoided. Many people feel uncomfortable when lying down after ingesting a large meal.
While you might have an appreciation for the kind of work you’re getting done at an acupuncturist, you don’t always have to tip them. Acupuncturists are in the medical field and not in the hospitality industry where tips are common. Tips are not common practice.
If you are considering acupuncture but are afraid of needles, your practitioner may use laser acupuncture instead. For those leery of needles, an alternative laser therapy uses light to place pressure on different areas of the body. There is no pain and a lot of people find this way effective.
Be choosy when scheduling your treatments. Do not schedule your treatment immediately before or after strenuous activity. You should never schedule a session in the middle to two other activities, as your stress level is likely to be elevated. This might make it very hard for you to become totally relaxed.
Review any medications you are taking to determine if any of them are contraindicated during acupuncture. Ask your acupuncturist if you need to avoid anything before your first treatment. Many supplements can hinder the results of your treatment and should be avoided, if possible.
Once you have been given an acupuncture plan, stick with it. People may tell you that you are crazy or that you are wasting your money. Pharmaceutical companies make money off your distrust of alternative medicine. Continue with your acupuncture plans and be brave about it because it does help heal.
Once you have started an acupuncture therapy program, you must follow it to its completion. You shouldn’t stop until you are done, in the same way that you need to finish a full course of prescribed medication. You risk not getting the full benefit at the end of treatment, even if you think you feel good already. The course should be completed before making any judgements.
Now you understand that acupuncture has more to it than what you see on the surface. With any luck, this piece has demystified acupuncture a bit and given you something useful to consider. You are now better informed so that when you decide to, you can get it done for yourself.