It is believed that acupuncture can help with a lot of different health problems, for example, a wide variety of pains, headaches, diseases, mental problems etc. Even though it is not actually scientifically proven that acupuncture can be useful for treating all of those health issues, this therapy has become popular because people report that it has helped them.
Most of the people who are interested in trying out acupuncture are also usually a bit worried and maybe even scared because they don't know exactly what to expect from this strange Chinese therapy. Let me give you a few tips that you should read before paying a visit to the acupuncturist.
1) Don't be afraid - it is almost never painful.
In 95% of the cases, it doesn't hurt when the needles are inserted in your body if you are relaxed. It is mostly because acupuncture needles are much thinner than the regular sewing needles. Also they are never inserted deep and in some cases (mostly Japanese acupuncture) the needles just touch your skin without any insertion at all.
2) Don't worry - you are not going to lie there naked.
Acupuncture points are all over your body and which ones will the acupuncturist use depends on the diagnosis. It is very popular to use points on your back, feet and ears. Usually you have to uncover just a small area of your body. You can expect that the acupuncturist will use approximately some 15 to 30 needles.
3) Be calm - relax your mind and your body.
If you want to have a pleasant and comfortable therapy then it is suggested to let yourself relax and maybe even fall asleep for some time. It could actually be very beneficial and make the therapy more effective. Also try not to move your body too much when the needles are inserted in your body as it can cause some pain.
4) Be patient - the results are not usually quick.
People usually feel energized and revitalized after their first acupuncture therapy but it almost always takes several procedures to see some long-term results. Don't expect that all your pain will go away after the first time - instead try to visit your acupuncturist, for example, twice a week for a month and then take a look at your progress.