What Happens To Your Body During Acupuncture

What Happens To Your Body During Acupuncture.

Acupuncture is not a one-shot deal. It works cumulatively, meaning one treatment builds on the next. There are certainly instances of acupuncture producing immediate results. However, this is more an exception than the rule — and when it happens, the results tend to be short-lived. If you want lasting results from acupuncture, especially for a chronic condition, you must commit to the process. This approach to healing is unfamiliar for Westerners, who are accustomed to instant gratification in most aspects of life, including health care. Being forced to adopt a long-term, cumulative perspective can be confusing and frustrating. There are other, less-pleasant side effects of acupuncture. None are life-threatening, and all typically are fleeting. Still, they are good to be aware of so that if you do experience them, you know they’re normal and nothing to be too concerned about. In my experience, the following six side effects can occur after acupuncture: worse symptoms before starting to feel better, fatigue after a session, soreness on parts of the body where needles had been inserted which will eventually dissipate, on occasions some bruising at the site of needle insertion but it will heal, temporary muscle twitching during treatment, occasional lightheadedness. While these side effects are rarely cause for concern, you know your body best. If any of the above side effects feel like they’re too severe or lasting too long — or if you notice any additional negative reactions to an acupuncture treatment — you should let your acupuncturist know. Credit: Sara Calabo for HuffPost

Recently, having personally come through seven sessions of acupuncture with electrical stimulation, over a period of 5 weeks, and being pain-free now, I can attest to its efficacy. Due to an injury to my lower vertebrae sustained over 40 years ago, during an overseas assignment, that resulted in slipped disc, it had degraded my mobility from time-to-time with unbearable pain. Possessing a rather high threshold for pain normally, what ‘unbearable’ means is having to drag my leg along with my body when I walk, and being dependent on ultra-strong pain meds; which I am sure further damages the kidneys and heart in the longer term. Now, to be able to get up in the mornings with no discomfort is a great relief.

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