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Understanding Detox Symptoms After Acupuncture: Dos and Don'ts

Updated: Jul 19, 2023

Acupuncture Channels
Acupuncture Channels

Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine practice that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body. It is known to promote natural healing, balance energy, and alleviate acute and chronic pain. While acupuncture offers potential benefits, some individuals may experience detox symptoms after treatment. In this article, we will explore the relationship between acupuncture and detox symptoms and discuss common symptoms that may arise, their potential causes, and how to manage them effectively.

How does an acupuncture treatment work?


Acupuncture is an ancient technique with thousands of years of evolution; where your doctor in Traditional Chinese Medicine uses very thin acupuncture needles to activate specific points in your body to promote global healing, balancing your central nervous system to produce pain relief, induce a bowel movement, help you get better sleep, reduce headaches, improve your menstrual cycle, and generating self-healing inertia that should improve your overall wellbeing.

Acupuncture has thousands of years of evolution, yet it is considered a new treatment modality in the West.

Due to impressive patient experience, improving all kinds of pain, and multiple health benefits, acupuncture treatments have become very popular.

Usually, the effects of Acupuncture are impressive; it works quickly and effectively and is remarkably free from side effects.

There are many different theories trying to explain how acupuncture works. Some ancient books say the body heals due to an improve the energy flow, or Qi and Bloodstream circulation, and others manifest that acupuncture stimulates or trains the nervous system promoting pain relief, emotional release, deep sleep state, etc.

Acupuncture patients feel the benefit from the very first treatment.

What can acupuncture do for you?


Acupuncture treatment is indicated for any kind of pain, chronic pain, neck pain, acute pain, knee pain, tension headaches, stomach pains, release muscle tension, etc. It also helps with insomnia, emotional balance, and mostly any function of the body.

This alternative medicine works by balancing the whole body, so it has been used to improve the functions of the whole body for thousands of years.

Often a skilled licensed acupuncturist would add herbal medicine to improve the benefits of the acupuncture sessions.

Is acupuncture dangerous?

Most of the time, receiving acupuncture produces a welcome relief, and when it is performed by a skilled licensed acupuncturist should not really produce any post-treatment side effects.

The majority of problems happen when physical therapists with only a few weekends of training perform dry needling. This kind of treatment implies aggressive needling over trigger points and too often makes patients feel worse, with intensified symptoms of pain. A normal training in Dry Needling is a 2 or 3 weekends seminar, while a licensed acupuncturist is required to attend Chinese Medical School for a minimum of 3 years to be licensed.

Physical therapists do magnific work, but their Dry needling technique weekend training can not be compared with the Acupuncture years training.

Always choose a professional acupuncturist and get the real benefits of acupuncture treatment from Chinese Medicine.

What are detox symptoms after acupuncture?

Acupuncture needles
Acupuncture needles

Sometimes after receiving acupuncture treatment, some patients experience a healing crisis. This is not very common, and it's believed to be due to eliminating toxins process.

After receiving acupuncture, a few patients may feel common reactions like tiredness, body light, and, in very rare locations, some headaches. 99% of the time, a patient feels tired after an acupuncture appointment due to a too-long treatment performed by a professional who did not diagnose properly and applied the wrong treatment protocol.

When a patient feels post-acupuncture, lightheadedness usually is due to coming to their appointment with an empty stomach.

What to Expect in One Acupuncture Session?

Acupuncture treatment
Acupuncture treatment

Most patients feel pain relief within a single acupuncture session.

Post acupuncture, it is usual to feel more energy and to improve in different health issues like less back pain.

In order to improve and chronic condition, you need to receive many acupuncture treatments; the longer you had the condition, the longer the treatment.

Many patients ask, "How many treatments would I need?" A single rule of thumb is one month of treatment for every year of that chronic pain or condition.

Acupuncture usually works great, but you need to talk with your acupuncturist to make a proper diagnosis and see if acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help you or if you need to see a Western doctor.

What should I do before, and what should I expect after an Acupuncture treatment?

Before your acupuncture appointment, you should not drink coffee because it would excite your nervous system, and the acupuncture needle may be more sensitive.

It is also important not coming fasting to your appointment; we recommend not coming with an empty stomach.

Usually, after your treatment, everybody feels very relaxed and usually much better than before, and you should be able to keep doing your normal life without any problems.

This is general information about how it works and acupuncture treatment.

At Soul Acupuncture & Herbal, we recommend you contact us to see if Acupuncture is the right fit for you and to get more information on how Traditional Chinese Medicine can improve your life.


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