Your acupuncture session is a very specific procedure which stimulates the body’s nervous system and blood flow to ultimately return your body to a state of proper functioning. After acupuncture begins to correct your blockages, hundreds of bodily functions and activities are affected and your body begins to re-correct and rebuild itself.
Peace & Relaxation
After a session you may experience a feeling of deepening peace and relaxation, almost a euphoria. This relaxed feeling may last for the rest of the day or week and may lead to deep, refreshing sleep. Some feel very energetic and do all their chores or business that day with a light, happy feeling. Others may feel like they need to take a nap.
Relief of Symptoms
Most patients find their symptoms begin to lessen after the first visit. There are also some people who may need ongoing treatment in order to begin to see a decline in symptoms. Some are in such good general health that they may feel no different. That does not necessarily mean that they are not benefiting from their acupuncture session, it just means that they’re not feeling any external response. Healing is still happening within.
Local Acupuncture Responses
Some may feel a “sore” or “heavy” feeling in the areas the needles are inserted. It is not necessarily a negative thing, as that usually indicates the needles are still producing a therapeutic effect on the body! This sensation may last a few hours or the rest of the day. In rare cases, a person may experience a headache or a slight increase in symptoms.
What Causes Acupuncture Responses?
You may be experiencing a detoxification or cleansing of your body after the acupuncture. When poisons leave the system, there may be discomfort such as headache, sniffles, a slight fever, strong feeling of drowsiness, lethargy or similar reactions.
The muscles are realigning after the acupuncture session. Often, these muscles haven’t worked properly in years and may be in a weakened or altered state. Now that the muscles are working again they may become sore. This condition is temporary and will soon disappear after the muscles have strengthened themselves.
Increased blood flow and endorphine release may give you an experience of being euphoric or “high.” This may also occur as you experience a sudden release from long-standing stress fixations in your body.
The Most Important Benefits
However, with all the interest in what is consciously perceived, please remember that the true benefits of the acupuncture are usually found below the level of consciousness. It is when the blood system and nervous system are stimulated and properly communicating to the heart, lungs, joints, sexual organs, skin, eyes, ears, and the brain itself that the true benefits of acupuncture are experienced. The other benefits of acupuncture care are the preventive benefits: better night’s sleep, more energy, and better whole body functioning.
Common Post-Treatment Effects:
- Emotional Release