5 common side effects of acupuncture you should know


Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that has been in practice for 1000’s of years. The idea is that energy points on your body correspond to invisible energy channels. If these energy channels are blocked or off-balance, it can affect the body in many ways, including headaches, allergies, pain, and inflammation.

Acupuncturists insert tiny hair-thin needles into specific points in your body to release or restore the flow of qi or your body’s life energy. Each point responds to a particular organ. When the balance of energy is restored, it can increase healing, relieve tension, and help with relaxation.

You can find acupuncture Mississauga clinics in health centres and in top chiropractor offices in Mississauga. You may have heard about the benefits of acupuncture and are wondering about some of the side effects as well. Here are five of the most common things you may experience after the procedure.

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  1. Increased relaxation

Many people describe the feeling after an acupuncture treatment as increased relaxation. Your limbs may feel heavy and loose as the tension from your body melts away. Some people experience this as fatigue or increased sensitivity. This fatigue is because your body is used to holding tension. Once it is released, things that once felt normal now feel more sensitive.

If you feel tired or sensitive, the best thing to do is to rest. This tiredness is a sign that your body has been depleted and needs to recover. Give your body a chance to rest. Go to bed early. You will wake up feeling better than ever.

2. Increased rejuvenation

One of the most common side effects of acupuncture is an increase in energy and a feeling of rejuvenation. The theory is that when the natural flow of energy is restored, you will have more energy. One of the most common side effects of acupuncture is an increase in energy and a feeling of rejuvenation. The theory is that when the natural flow of energy is restored, you will have more energy. It is also possible to lose weight by acupuncture because it will improve your metabolic rate and alter hormone levels thus preventing gastrointestinal issues.

3. Soreness

Some people report feeling soreness in the areas where the needles are inserted, once they are removed. This soreness should go away in a few hours. In some cases, the tenderness may last more than 24 hours, but your practitioner will warn you ahead of time if this is the case.

Certain parts of the body can also be more tender after treatment, such as the hands and feet. The soreness is often described as muscle soreness after a massage. You can also take a hot bath and drink lots of water to help treat this feeling.

4. Reduction in your symptoms

A reduction in symptoms is a side effect that most people hope to have. When you get treatment, the acupuncturist will treat a particular area. You may find that this brings a reduction in your symptoms so that your pain is decreased, your allergy symptoms reduced, and if you have insomnia, you may have a better sleep at night. Also, with effective customized treatment programs from licensed acupuncturists, acupuncture relieves sciatica pain and discomfort.

5. Emotional Release

Some people experience an emotional release during acupuncture and may find themselves laughing or crying. This emotional release is not due to pain, but because their emotions are flowing with the release of tension. It is a good sign and a sign that healing is taking place. If you are not prepared, it can be a bit of a surprise.

It is also normal to feel more sensitive or emotional for a few days after your treatment. In acupuncture, physical and emotional healing are connected, and it is a sign that physical, as well as emotional changes, are taking place.

If you have any concerns about side effects from acupuncture or questions like “Is acupuncture safe for kids?” be sure to speak to your practitioner or chiropractor.

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