Your first visit
Acupuncture treats more than pain
Don't go in with empty stomach
Wear loose clothes
Acupuncture needles are thinner than hypodermic needles
Acupuncturists do not reuse needles
One treatment is often not enough to cure what ails you
Acupuncture heals patients by restoring patients' own body balance, improving their circulation, enhancing the immune system, releasing stress and tensions in their bodies. So, it is helpful for a wide variety of problems including colitis, neuropathy, skin diseases, women disease, infertility, cancer, infection, gout, common cold, emotional stress, to name a few.
Acupuncture could move your internal energy quite a bit and restore your body balance. If you don't eat beforehand, you might experience lightheadedness, dizziness or even fainting. It isn't necessary to have a full meal, but at least a snack to help your body have enough energy to maximize the treatment's potential.
Acupuncturist may need to access areas under your clothes. So wear loose clothes for easy rolling up above elbows and knees. If necessary, you may need to remove your clothes to access your back. But they will properly drape you so that only small portions of your skin are exposed.
Acupunctures are about the width of two to three strands of hair. You normally barely feel the needle insertion or just like a pinch. It is very common that the patients fall asleep snoring and wake up very relaxed.
All needles are only used once and then disposed. This means there is a virtually no chance you will contract a disease from receiving acupuncture.
A lot of times, acupuncture can greatly improve your symptoms for the very first time treatment. But don't expect acupuncture to miracally solve all the problems with a single visit. Thus is why acupuncture often recommend subsequent treatments.