Does acupuncture hurts?
No, acupuncture needles are hair-thin. However, some individuals may feel some soreness, tingling and numb sensation when needles are inserted around the associated organ with blockages or imbalance.
Are the needles sanitized?
Yes, all needles are sanitized and disposed off after one-time usage.
Is there medication on the needle?
No, there is no medication on the needle. Acupuncture works by “switching on” the human body’s potential to heal and rebalance by itself through stimulating critical points linked to multiple systems such as the nervous, lymphatic, muscular systems etc of the body, otherwise known as acupoints. It is a treatment that acknowledges the human body’s ability to return to its healthy and balanced state as a whole, without the need for any other external add-on chemicals or medications.
Will I have side effects from acupuncture treatment?
No, acupuncture treatment has a bidirectional effect which means it always bring the body to a balanced neutral state and not push it to one extreme or the other.
What do I have to watch out for in terms of food if I embark on TCM treatments?
TCM always encourages one to take warm food and drinks and abstains from cold and raw food. This is because all treatments of TCM aim to improve circulation and blood flow in the body and eating cold and raw food will slow down the circulation and reduce the effectiveness of the treatments.
Can I do TCM treatment after a meal?
Yes, you can but keep the level of fullness to about 70% to 80% to reduce the discomfort at the stomach region should acupuncture or acupressure is administered at the area.
Can I do TCM treatment during menstruation?
Yes, you can but do notify the doctor which day you are on so that some points and medications will be avoided.
Why are there bruising formed from acupuncture needles at some acupoints?
Sometimes the needles may touch some veins or capillaries at the vascular region within an acupoint and cause minor internal bleeding which appear as small bruises post treatment.
Are such bruising from needling painful?
No they are not.
How long will the bruising from acupuncture take to dissipate?
That will depend on the metabolism and rate of blood circulation and cell renewal of the body. Usually, it may take about 3 or 4 days to about 1 week for the bruising to dissipate?
What should I do or not do if such bruising occurs?
Avoid rubbing on the bruising as it will cause the area of the bruise to enlarge further due to breakage of more veins or capillaries. You can apply cold compress on the area of bruise.
If I am taking western medications, can I take Chinese herbal medicines as well?
Yes you can. Just separate the timing of western medication and Chinese herbal medicines by about 2 hours apart.