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Immediate Reactions After Acupuncture (First 24 To 48 hours)

1. Relaxation:

You may feel deeply relaxed which lasts for hours or even for days. In a state of relaxation your concentration may be downgraded: following conversations or focusing in meetings become difficult, or simply can’t keep awake. Modern medical researchers have noticed a higher amount of endorphins (the body’s natural morphine in the brain) is secreted after a acupuncture treatment, which may explain why you may experience a wonderful natural high after acupuncture.  The best thing you can do in After a session is rest go take it easy and have a nap afterward or go to bed early. Did ypu know your body heals faster when you spend more time in a deep sleep state?

2. Emotions:

Some patients may become more emotionally sensitive for a short period of time. I have seen patients cry for hours without any reason; grieving for someone or something that happened long ago or become irritated and can’t tolerate others. If you're experiencing these reactions, that's great!. You are emptying your emotional bucket that is timely and very healthy.


We all have an emotion container to bottle up our negative emotions from everyday stress. When the container is full, even the smallest drop of stress can make it overflow, that is why disproportionate emotional reactions occur at the slightest triggers. For many, they put heavy covers on the top of this emotion container, to hide their emotions from everyone.


During the acupuncture session, this cover may melt away and emotions may come streaming out. It is healthy to let the emotions set free from time to time.


You might use this opportunity to start an in-depth emotional conversation with trusted family or friends, or pause your life take a break and find a quiet corner to absorb your emotions. After this period of emotional liberation usually two or three days you will feel lighter and more content with your life.


3. Pain Relief: 

Acupuncture is known for its instant pain relief. If you need treating for acute pain or injuries,  you may experience long-lasting pain relief after acupuncture. However, if you were treating chronic pain, you may notice the pain easing during the treatment session, but the pain comes back after a few hours or even return with revenge.

In the Chinese medicine perspective, we look at energy flow within the body as the water flow in the pipelines in a building (when we know it is there, but we can’t see it). When there is a flood in the bathroom, we know there is a blockage in the drainage. Similarly, when there is pain, the Chinese doctor sees a blockage of energy flow. Chronic pain, to Chinese medicine, is a blocked drainage system, and pipes are rusted in the body. Acupuncture works as plumper, apply pressure at a certain point to flush out the blockage, so the flow is restored and the pain has gone. However, because the pain (blockage) has been there for a long time, the inner layer of the pipe is rusted and attached much rubbish to it. When the flow restores, the rubbish loosens and starts to move and block the flow again sometime later. By then, the pain reoccurs as a worse pain or even moves to a “new” location. So as the acupuncture sessions are persistent the flushing work will continue until all the rubbish and rust are cleaned in the meridians.

Thus, if the pain worse after acupuncture, do not panic or worry, but take some sensible steps to help calm the pain, like resting, apply our aromatherapy pain oil locally. It s important for the patient to give the doctor feedback on how long the pain relief was last and any changes in the pattern or site of the pain.


4. Elimination:

Some patients experience detox symptoms like more urination after the acupuncture session. Some have told me that they can’t stop going for a pee, up to ten times within one afternoon, without drinking more water. As you would expect, their bloating and water retention would be relieved significantly. Meanwhile, some may spot changes in their bowel movement: more frequent, increased volume, or stronger odour. Both signs of good eliminations indicate the body elevates the level of metabolism, or in the Chinese term, a better energy flow in kidney and spleen meridians.


Long-term Reactions After Acupuncture (2 – 4 weeks)

Running nose, sore throat and some cold symptoms may appear during the second or third week of acupuncture treatment. In Chinese medicine, an unresolved cold or flu was the underlying cause of many health problems, like poor circulation, stiff neck and back, and migraine.


Running nose, fever, and body ache is the natural response of body fighting with a cold or flu attack, like casualties and bombarded border during the war that defence force fight the enemy from invasion. When the drug is used improperly, symptoms do suppress but one’s health goes down, like a cease-fire at war by the confiscation of weapons from the soldiers, and let the enemy loots the country.


Once acupuncture treatment has enhanced the immunity as if the army is armed ready to fight the invader again, cold and flu symptoms reappear.


These symptoms usually last for a week.

Meanwhile, some patients may notice reappearing of many other symptoms, which bothered them previously but have forgotten for sometimes. It means the increased body energy expelling many underlying ailments. For example, reoccur of appendicitis or hemorrhoids that happened years ago. While the body is in a reversing process of healing, it often notices that the recurred symptoms are not causing as strong discomfort as a normal attack.


Reassessment of patients’ condition and modify treatment plans would be required.


It is important to let the practitioner know the previous history of illness may just happen to be remembered again.


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